Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression

Ayvazian, “Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression;” Blanchard, “Combatting Intentional Bigotry and Inadvertently Racist Acts”

     The two articles discussed allies and what an ally is. An ally is "a member of a group whom works to dismantle any form of oppression from which they receive benefit." An ally is a person who has the things you want or need and also wants to help you to get them for yourself. An ally knows that we are different but deserve equal opportunity. We can all be an ally to someone and have someone else be an ally for us in another form of oppression. The dominant side may be the privileged side but they may not all be the oppressors, they are the ones who have the most power.The point is to have someone speak up for you when you can't do it yourself, and be there for you when you can. Obviously people in power can have more of an effect than those who aren't.
    Blanchard's article discusses how we shouldn't condemn or con don in racial harassment that we overhear. We should speak on it at that moment  and stand up for the person being oppressed so they don't feel alone and so the oppressor knows they're wrong. A lot of people use freedom of speech as an excuse to be an asshole, and some people are just ignorant and have no clue that they are doing anything wrong to begin with. As an ally, your duty is to educate the "inexperienced" and to shame the the people who do it intentionally. The point of the article was to tell us not to leave it up to administrators to teach what's right and what's wrong. When you're setting examples for people around you makes it more comfortable for those people to do the same, because they know they won't be the only one.


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