Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What am I thinking about

Cruelty, humiliation, and human dignity.

Is it just me, or is the abuse of power the hidden current that runs through so many forms of oppression and discrimination.

be it racial, class, gender, rank etc etc.

Power imbalances seem so central to so many forms of discrimination, I guess because it is the powerful who can unleash their hidden (or not so hidden) prejudices on others.

In terms of combatting many forms of discrimination, maybe we should stop focusing on peoples inherent differences, but rather on power imbalances.

This would perhaps be a more helpful approach to promoting social justice, rather than getting mired in identity politics.

Whats more I think everyone can relate to the feeling of powerlessness, it is a universal theme that touchs most peoples lives -wherease being gay, black, transgedered etc may not.

Using a common language, and appelaing to common experience is potentially a much better technique than trying to get people to relate to what may be a very different experience of life.

We all know what it is like to get dudded by our boss, or stonewalled by an insurance company etc etc.

The abuse of power is something that everyone can relate to on some level.

Perhaps through focusing on a power narrative we can build empathy, and promote social justice more effectively.

Just a few idle thoughts.

As Jim Larkin said 'the great appear great because we are on our knees: Let us rise!'


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