CEP 240 January 20
-meeting is January 26th
Privileged: individuals or groups whose memberships give them advantages and power over
others in society. In the U.S. this generally refers to:
-people without disabilities
-property owners/ middle-upper class people
-middle aged people
-English speaking people
Oppression: The combination of prejudice and institutional power which creates a system that
discriminated against some groups (often called “target groups” or “non-dominant groups”) and
benefits other groups called (“dominant or non-targeted groups”)
Targeted groups include (but are not limited to):
-individuals of color
-individuals who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, or questioning)
-lower working class non-property owners
-young and elderly individuals
-non English speakers
-Racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, ethnocentrism, classism, and ageism.
-These systems enable dominant groups to exert control over target groups by limiting their
rights, freedom, and access to basic resources such as health care, education, employment and
-people subjected to exploitation, marginalization, powerless, cultural imperialism, and violence.
-Target groups are kept in their place by the dominant (non-target) group’s ideology, which
supports oppression by:
-denying that it exists
-and blaming the conditions of oppression on actions of the targets themselves.
Disability- a basic diversity issue…not to be pitied, patronized or vilified.
Medical Model of Disability: disability resides in the individual
Social Model: Disability itself is not a tragedy, but society’s response to impairment can be.
Ableism: a system or discrimination that oppresses people who have mental, emotional, and
physical disabilities. Ableist assumptions can undermine education of individuals.
Allies are people passionately committed to eliminating systems of oppression that unjustly
-educate themselves about oppression
-learn from others who are targets of oppression
-examine and challenge their own prejudices, stereotypes, and assumptions
-work through guilt, shame, and defensiveness