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NIA: Working with and Creating Safe Spaces for Marginalized Youth

Sep. 15th, 2012

Kim Katrin Milan

on 23 September 2015

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Transcript of NIA: Working with and Creating Safe Spaces for Marginalized Youth

Systems of Advantage
include discrimination, stereotypes, prejudice but most importantly, the power and the privilege required to maintain, perpetuate and establish itself through force and definition and domination.
Systems Of Advantage vs.
"The system isn't broken, it was built that way."
These are the social and political constructions that define social location and these systems are the foundation upon which our economy is based on. As it determines who gets what and in what quantity. They serve a very clear purpose and they are always intentional.
is an irrational feeling of dislike for a person or group of persons, usually based on stereotypes. Virtually everyone feels some sort of prejudice, whether it’s for an ethnic group, or for a religious group, or for a type of person like blondes or large people. The important thing is they just don’t like them — in short, prejudice is a feeling, a belief. You can be prejudiced, but still be a fair person if you’re careful not to act on your irrational dislikes.

takes place the moment a person acts on prejudice. This describes those moments when one individual decides not to give another individual a job because of, say, their race or their religious orientation. Or even because of their looks (there’s a lot of hiring discrimination against “unattractive” women, for example). You can discriminate, individually, against any person or group, if you’re in a position of power over the person you want to discriminate against. White people can discriminate against black people, and black people can discriminate against white people.

Goals & Accountability
"May we continue to disagree, may we continue to distinguish our movements by their bases of accountability, may we continue to give different accounts of how we got here and where we are, and may we collaborate but never compromise our visions of where we ought to be."
- Alexis Pauline Gumbs
are generalizations about a group of people whereby we attribute a defined set of characteristics to this group

Working with and Creating Safe Spaces for Marginalized Youth
is a racial identity created by upper class colonialists to distinguish themselves from indentured servants and slaves. A guarantee against being enslaved & a strategy to secure white wealth & domination.

is the violent taking of land, wealth and labour of indigineous peoples through domination & conquest leading to their extermination in some cases & Trans-Atlantic slave trade which created a underclass based on race and gender that persists today.

combine social power, institutional power (policies & practices), cultural messages, and individual actions.

a masculine of centre Black person might identify as a stud versus a butch.

a little girl who is showing ‘masculine’ traits under the age of twelve may simply be regarded as a ‘tomboy’ and not have her gender policed in the same way as she would post 12 or during puberty.
differently abled descriptively femme person may not be able to physically access some of the social markers of ‘femininity

The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom.

- bell hooks

Key Definitions:
Ten Lies You are Told Every Single Day
1. If you don’t physically hold someone down, you can’t be an oppressor.
2. Racism is physically hating and acting on that hate based on a person’s race. (People who do racist things may have POC Friends)
3. White Privilege means you are rich and/or have an easy life.
4. Pointing out racism is a racist act.
5. Not knowing better is a perfectly justifiable reason to have hurt someone.
6. There is a specific way to be (insert race here)
7. White and whiteness are the same thing.
8. Anger is childish.
9. Using angry phrasing or curse words makes your point invalid.
10. It is my job to teach you but not your job to search for knowledge on your own.
White Saviour Industrial Complex
Privilege Happens At The Expense Of Others




Sexism & Gender Based Violence
I have noticed that whenever you have soldiers in the story it is called history. Before their arrival it is called myth, folktale, legend, fairy tale, oral poetry, ethnography. After the soldiers arrive, it is called history.

Paula Gunn Allen, Native American writer
Native American and Xican@ students protest the 500th anniversary of Columbus landing in the Americas.
The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.
“Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it’s not a problem to you personally.”
Another’s experience does not invalidate your own, but it should and necessarily does complicate your own.
Privilege happens at the expense of others.
Treat others the way that they want to be treated. Ask.
Imagine that your allyship card expires at the end of the day.
It is no one’s responsibility to educate you but your own.
Listen. Learn. Practice. Repeat.
Acknowledge Privilege. Dissolve Guilt.
Take up less space. Fall back.
Collect your folks.
Center. Listen. Acknowledge. Inquire. Move towards resolution. (CLAIM)
Strategies For Solidarity
"to remain exempt from perpetuating social inequity"
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
Introduction Of Mandatory Jail Sentences
Harsher Sentences For Young Offenders
Fewer Conditional Sentences
Prison Expansion
Bullying Internalized Oppression
Institutional Education
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