Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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Another area that I find I am rethinking is the idea of “Oppression Olympics.” I am against them when their purpose is to derail. However, oppression DOES and always has had levels. Those at the bottom should have our attention now and most often.
I’m not quite sure where the idea came from or how it was so easily accepted. How is it possible that if I were to have one bad thing happen to me, I am to focus on me and mine while you have two bad things happening to you while I simply step over you. No. No. And No.
Whoever is at the bottom of the pile needs help BEFORE everyone else. There is a bottom. In each and every situation, there is a bottom. The bottom is not hidden and it CAN be measured. Every single time. There is some group, some people, some person who is the worst off- Who is dealing with the most. These people, that person, needs the most attention.
In terms of derailment, playing who has it the worst it the bullest of shits. It is simply inexcusable. Even though we need to focus on who has it worse, it is necessary for people to have time to talk about the problems they face with others within their same group. THIS IS A VERY SPECIFIC SITUATION.
For example, when I (A Black woman) am not talking about the pay disparity between Black women and other race/genders with another Black woman, my focus, in this topic should be on Latina Women. They make the least amount of money for doing the same job. That should my focus, your focus and everyone’s focus when the subject is pay disparity.
We need to always focus on raising from the bottom. Not the middle. Not the top. The bottom. Always.
Call it Oppression Olympics if you need to. Personally, I’m going to lift once and raise all.