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Elizabeth @EB_FindingMercy
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One of the most important things I ever learned about injustice was the difference between prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.

A Sunday thread.
Prejudice is ideas you hold about a people group. Positive or negative, you hold them based on people being different than you. These are natural, normal, and able to be personally dismantled.
Discrimination is when you ACT on prejudice. Your thoughts about a people group lead you to treat an individual in that group a certain way.

Again, this isn’t automatically negative. Maybe you treat them better or worse based on group membership.
Oppression is when AS A GROUP, a group in power uses their group-accepted prejudice to discriminate NEGATIVELY against another group.

This results in -isms.
For instance, men, AS A GROUP, did this to limit women’s ability to vote, own land, access insurance, etc. and they, as a group, hurt women. This is an -ism, sexism.
White people, AS A GROUP, used their power to limit the ability of POC to access citizenship, home ownership, voting rights, etc. This is an -ism, racism.
This same pattern exists across any group IN POWER. This can be based on religion, race, gender, sexual orientation...anytime the group in power determines how the group not in power gets to act on rights the group in power takes for granted (vote, marriage, citizenship, etc).
So when white people or men or Christians say they are being oppressed in America, I 😏😏😏

Because no.
Oppression requires the ABILITY TO OPPRESS.

Not the ability to make you mad, or sad, or lose out on a singular opportunity.
The reality is, that right now, white men could undo the civil rights of nearly every marginalized group that isn’t them in our country. I’m not saying they WOULD do it, I’m saying they COULD do it.

And that’s power.
Do I say that to rail on that people group, no. I say that because we have to understand the way power dynamics shape cultural realities.

Remember, -isms require power. If a people group can’t take away basic rights, and oppress you AS A GROUP, there’s no -ism.
If you’re a White person who realizes you don’t have a good grasp on this and how your Whiteness plays a roll, stay tuned. In the next 1-2 weeks I’ll have an awesome resource rolling out for you to tap into for learning.
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