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Orientation Breaking the Cycle of Socialization, Verbal Oppression, and Stereotypes
Transcript of Orientation Breaking the Cycle of Socialization, Verbal Oppression, and Stereotypes
(Please list) What is one thing you will stop saying
in your everyday language? 1.
X flat one-dimensional reflection
O skin color
O first language
O ability status
O sexual orientation
O economic class Your Personal Inventory of our Social Identities:
Please list different ways in which you have heard others identify these types of people? (i.g. good, names, adjectives, things you’d even be uncomfortable to say, etc.) Actively Participating: telling oppressive jokes, putting down people from target groups, intentionally avoiding target group members, discriminating against target group members, verbally or physically harassing target group members
Denying: enabling oppression by denying that target group members are oppressed. Does not actively oppress, but by denying that oppression exits, colludes with oppression.
Recognizing, No Action: is aware of oppressive actions by self or others and their harmful effects, but takes no action to stop this behavior. This inaction is the result of fear, lack of information, confusion about what to do. Experiences discomfort at the contradiction between awareness and action.
Recognizing, Action: is aware of oppression, recognizes oppressive action of self and others and takes action to stop it.
Educating Self: taking actions to learn more about oppression and the experience and heritage of target group members by reading attending workshops, seminars, cultural events, participating in discussions, joining organizations or groups that oppose oppression, attending social action and change events.
Educating Others: moving beyond only educating self to question and dialogue with others too. Rather than only stopping oppressive comments or behaviors, also engaging people in discussion to share why you object to a comment or action.
Supporting, Encouraging: supporting others who speak out against oppression or who are working to be more inclusive of target group members by backing up others who speak out, forming an allies group, joining a coalition group.
Initiating, Preventing: working to change individual and institutional actions and policies that discriminate against target group members, planning educational programs or other events, working for passage of legislation that protects target group members from discrimination, being explicit about making sure target group members are full participants in organizations and groups.
The Action Continuum: What do you notice?
Where does the word come from?
Why would someone be identified like that?
How does that make you feel?
Has anyone said these kinds of things before?
Has anyone challenged these kinds of words/identifiers before? Who said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me?" #false Dominant and Targeted Groups: A number of trait descriptions normally are used: nice, smart, tall, honest, etc.
However studies show:
1. students of color often mention their racial or ethnic group
2. women usually mention being female;
3. while men usually don't mention being male
4. students who are comfortable may mention being gay, lesbian, or bisexual
5. while it is unusal for other student sto include their heterosexuality
The theme shown is that in areas where a person who is part of a dominant or advantaged social group, the category is not usually mentioned. DOMINANT: systematically advantaged by society
TARGETED: systematically disadvantaged by society When we think about our multiple identities, most of us will find that we are both dominant and targeted at the same time. But it is the targeted identities that hold our attention and the dominant identities often go unexamined. Sources: Beverly Daniel Tatum's : The Complexity of Identity: "Who am I?"
Bobbie Harro's: The Cycle of Socialization INTERNALIZED OPPRESSION: “We have learned to become our own oppressors from within. By participating in our roles are targets we reinforce stereotypes, collude our own demise, and perpetuate the system of oppression...by participating in our roles are agents, and remaining unconscious of or being unwilling to interrupt the cycle, we perpetuate the system of oppression.”