There Is No Hierarchy of Oppression

I wrote my note, Playing Oppression Olympics Gets Us Nowhere On The Road To Equity in response to a sentiment that I sometmes encountered (and still do encounter) among some people who are black who insist that there is no similarity or comparison to be found in the struggle of liberation of people who are black, and those who are in the LGBTQ community.

I ended that note with words from Audre Lorde. Those words were on my mind again today, and I wanted to share them with you.

Cartoon by Kevin Siers

Cartoon by Kevin Siers


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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2 Responses

  1. Queen Karen says:

    This is one of the most important as well as touching works I find on this site and must be shared. There IS NO HIERARCHY OF OPPRESSION is just a sample of why we should all write about what is right and less discussed.

    • This really is an important concept to understand. Playing “oppression olympics” really gets us nowhere. When we realize that we’re all implicated in some way, the hope is that we will also accept that we have a responsibility to work for others’ liberation while we work for our own.

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