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Oppression and Privilege
Roy A Bean, Ph. D. Oppression and Privilege What is Oppression? And is it oppression or are they just Life Challenges? Oppression and Privilege Oppression or Life Challenges? Oppression involves the pervasive, constant nature of obstacles that exist outside of one’s control and that persist regardless of efforts to overcome them or avoid them.
Oppression involves prejudicial judgments experienced involuntarily as a product of gender, age, appearance, ethnicity, SES, religion, or other sociodemographic markers. Oppression and Privilege Oppression Recent Incident of Oppression for you or close friend/family? Oppression and Privilege Oppression Recent Incident of Oppression for you or close friend/family? What is the benefit of being aware of oppression? Oppression and Privilege Oppression Recent Incident of Oppression What is the benefit of being aware of oppression? If your story is told, there is less isolation and others are invited to be witnesses;
You to have empathy for others;
Others can be inspired by your courage and life successes. Oppression and Privilege What happens with an Unhealthy Awareness of Oppression? UnderAwareness facilitates: A lack of empathy and compassion for others’ suffering.
A strict adherence to meritocracybased philosophy. Minimization of others because “everyone has life challenges” Overawareness facilitates: PTSDlike “flooding” of your own experiences when you should be responsive to others in their oppression
Competition over greatest victimization or suffering Oppression and Privilege What is Privilege? Oppression and Privilege What is Privilege?
My Definition of Privilege: Accomplishments and Achievements
Work/Sacrifice/Blood, Sweat and Tears Privilege Opportunities/resources that we didn’t earn Oppression and Privilege Why is it hard to see our own Privilege? Belief in American Meritocracy
Who really wants to be an Oppressor? We avoid examining the other side of “Disadvantage”
Objectivity about Water is difficult for the Fish
Realizing that some things are out of our control makes us feel “out of control/insecure” Oppression and Privilege Privilege and the Christian Dilemma
Blessings that come from obedience (blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it, Luke 11:28). Oppression and Privilege Privilege and the Christian Dilemma
Blessings that come from obedience (blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it, Luke 11:28). Privilege and the added LDS Dilemma Rewards in this life for premortal faithfulness Oppression and Privilege My experience with privilege and family’s awareness of it: Judgment against Mexican American peers for apparent emphasis on “transportable wealth,” privilege of parental education, legal/financial security, ethnocentric bias Oppression and Privilege First 2 paragraphs, p. 323 Oppression and Privilege First 2 paragraphs, p. 323
Your Individual Dilemma What is your Privilege as: A man? A woman?
A European American? A person of color?
A U.S. Citizen of legal status?
Someone with a job? A good credit rating?
Someone who is attractive? Physically able?
A member of a stable, healthy family? Oppression and Privilege
What is the benefit of being aware of privilege?
• You to stop playing “tugofwar” between who is the victim and who is the perpetrator.
• You to validate the oppressive experiences of others.
• You to connect with others without defensiveness, resentment or further victimization. Oppression and Privilege
What happens with an unhealthy awareness of privilege?
• UnderAwareness facilitates:
• • Defensiveness – all your hard work is being questioned
Feelings of hurt/anger when “they” don’t appreciate you OverAwareness facilitates:
• Patronizing or paternalistic attitude toward the “poor souls that need your help”
A missed opportunity to inspire another person to work hard and beat the odds.
Minimization of your hard own work and sacrifice Inclass Assignment
• In groups of 2:
• What did you learn from the McIntosh reading (List 1 each)
List 4 examples of privileges that you realized from the McIntosh reading (2 each)
List four other privileges that you experience (2 each) Final Thoughts
To increase abiding satisfaction for the mass of our people, and for all people, someone must sacrifice something of his own happiness. This is a duty only to those who recognize it as a duty. It is silly to tell intelligent human beings: Be good and you will be happy. The truth is today, be good, be decent, be honorable and selfsacrificing and you will not always be happy. You will often be desperately unhappy. You may even be crucified, dead and buried, and the third day you will be just as dead as the first. But with the death of your happiness may easily come increased happiness and satisfaction and fulfillment for other people – strangers, unborn babies, uncreated worlds.
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- Fall '08
- Developmental Psychology, W. E. B. Du Bois, McIntosh, Roy A Bean