Posts tagged systemic oppression
What Gungor Misses in "We Are Stronger"

When activists declare that black lives matter, they are defiantly responding to a system that consistently ignores and denies the impact and importance of specifically black lives. Saying “my life matters” as a marginalized person is a push to be recognized as a person with that identity, not as a person separate from that identity.

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Manners and the American Female

And this ultimately is why our metrics of politeness and kindness have to be considered carefully. For many, I’m a rude woman because I bother to open my mouth about things considered “impolite” by many. We like to think we’re beyond the world where women shouldn’t speak on politics or religion or anything in between. But in reality, we still live in a culture where a woman bothering to open her mouth is perceived as a threat of the worst kind.

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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Faith

This is a good virtue in theory – that we have the grace to see how much God loves our fellow humans and to treat them with utter, sacrificial kindness. But in practice, this doctrine turns into a cudgel, allowing people who are participating in unloving behavior to claim the upper hand the second you step out of line. Over and over, in discussing theology and women’s studies with white, cisgender, heterosexual men, I find myself on guard for the inevitable moment when I go “too far” or don’t respond with enough deference. Even if I am, in many cases, actually more knowledgeable than the people I am talking to, I still must be the gracious educator, the one who must set everything aside to help Poor Little White Boy figure out why his condemnation of LGBT people isn’t actually loving.

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