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CYCLE OF OPPRESSION Definition of “oppression” (adapted from R. Hardiman and B. Jackson): Oppression is a systemic social phenomenon based on the differences between social groups.  It involves a dominant group, the oppressor, which asserts control of ideas, cultures, beliefs,  and institutions over sub-dominant groups because of its access to power. The result is the  exploitation of one social group by another for its own benefit, real or perceived. HOW DOES THE CYCLE WORK? (adapted from Talking About Race Facilitation Guide) • Fear of difference Family members, friends, school, and the media all provide messages about different groups of  people. The messages help to form stereotypes. • Stereotype A preconceived or oversimplified generalization about an entire group of people without regard  for their individual differences. Stereotypes form the basis for our prejudices.
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