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Chapter 5


Steven Turner

on 9 November 2012

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Transcript of Chapter 5

Life would be better without privilege and oppression, but in order to achieve that we must begin with the people who are least willing to deal with it.
They have little desire to look at what privilege, power, and difference have to do with them. Conclusion They don’t know it exists in the first place.

They don’t have to know it exists.

They think it’s just a personal problem.

They want to hang on to their privilege.

They are prejudice-racist, sexists, heterosexists, ableists, classist.

They’re afraid! Why not? Chapter 5:
The Trouble with Trouble Appeal to people’s ideal of what is socially responsible, pointing out that diversity and social equality makes organizations work better, and within these organizations it increase moral and productivity while lowering costly turnovers.

But…It comes across as half-hearted, short-lived – a “flavor of the month” approach, which raises hopes of people only to have them smashed. Strategies of Change (2) Appeal to privileged peoples’ sense of decency and fairness and their good will toward the less fortunate than themselves.
But…It requires an impulse of generosity toward others
This tends to rise and fall depending on feelings of a person security in their privilege Strategies for Change If dominant groups really saw oppression as unacceptable, If white people saw race as their issue, if nondisabled people saw ableism as their problem- privilege and oppression wouldn't have much of a future.

Dominant groups do not engage with key issues, and when they do its not for long or with much effort.

Dominant groups don’t see privilege as a problem. Prejudice and Dominant Groups TAYLER DALLAM
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