Costs of Oppression to People from Dominant Groups

These concepts are from this PDF from Mt. Holyoke College.

Psychological Costs: Loss of Authentic Sense of Self

  • Socialized into limited roles and patterns of behavior
  • Denial of emotions and empathy
  • Distorted view of self and false sense of superiority
  • Discrepancy between others’ perceptions and own, internal reality
  • Fears (of doing and saying the wrong thing, of retaliation from oppressed groups, of judgment if reveal true self, of different people and experiences)

Moral/Spiritual Costs: Loss of Moral/Spiritual Integrity

  • Guilt and shame
  • Moral ambivalence (doing the right thing vs. social pressures to conform to dominant role)
  • Spiritual emptiness and pain

Social Costs: Loss and Diminishment of Relationships

  • Isolation from people who are different from oneself
  • Barriers to deeper, more authentic relationships
  • Ostracism from others in own group if do not conform

Intellectual Costs: Loss of Developing Full Range of Knowledge

  • Ignorance of other people and cultures
  • Distorted and limited view of reality

Material Costs: Loss of Safety and Resources

  • Living in a world of increasing violence and unrest (restricted ability to move about freely; increased fear for self and others; limited desirable places to live, work, go to school, recreate)
  • Loss of knowledge to foster societal growth and well-being
  • Waste of resources (to deal with effects of inequality)
  • Loss of valuable employees, clients and customers
  • Diminished collective action for common concerns

Benefits of Eliminating Oppression for People from Dominant Groups

  • Fuller, more authentic sense of self
  • More authentic relationships and human connection
  • Moral integrity and consistency
  • Freedom from fears
  • Improved living and working conditions
  • Access to other cultures and wisdom
  • More resources to address common concerns
  • Greater opportunity for genuine democracy and justice

 

What would you add to or change on this list? Comment below!

Japanese Internment Camps in New Mexico

February 19, 2016 marked the 74th anniversary of the beginning of the Japanese internment camps. Shortly following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the incarceration and forced relocation of 110,000 to 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the Pacific coast. Sixty-two percent of the internees were US citizens. Incarcerated without trial, they were forced to leave behind their families along with everything they knew and loved. The internment has been determined to have resulted more from racism in the West Coast rather than any military danger posed by Japanese Americans.

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Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism

This extensive post by Jon Greenberg has many links to resources on how to be a strong white ally to people of color. “By ‘curriculum,’ I do not mean a unit of study for classroom use (to be clear: this list is separate from my work in the classroom); rather, these resources, inspired by the #Charlestonsyllabus, are for anybody who wants to learn more from perspectives often underrepresented among many White circles.”

Links to these resources will be added to the United Against Racism – NM Resources page.

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By Barry Deutsch

There are no doubt complexities that come with White Americans working for racial justice. White privilege can lead to a chronic case of undiagnosed entitlement, creating poor listeners, impatient speakers who talk over others, and people unaccustomed to taking orders. Nevertheless, the movement for racial justice needs more White Americans to get involved. And it’s our responsibility to help each other get involved–and get involved productively. I compiled this list to help White Americans do so.

 

 

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Full Film | Independent Lens | PBS

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution sheds light on the Black Panther Party — and all its reviled, adored, misunderstood, and mythologized history.

If you miss the screenings on PBS, they will be available to watch on-line until March 18, 2016. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Full Film | Video | Independent Lens | PBS

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Cholas of the Roundhouse

This piece was written by SWOP Lead Organizer Emma Sandoval, a firme hyna from the South Valley and staunch advocate for New Mexico’s youth, women, and families. Follow her on twitter at @Nemmajean for more #CholasoftheRoundhouse stories. The post is shared via El Grito de Nuevo Mexico.

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Growing up in New Mexico

I grew up in a small barrio called Sunburst Ranch, right in the corazón of the South Valley. My neighborhood was nestled just below the Pajarito Mesa, a community called a colonia, which lacked basic infrastructure like running water, electricity, or paved roads. Third world conditions right in our backyard. Growing up that way wasn’t out of the ordinary, it just was the way things were.

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