Intersectional Justice

Cultural Justice

Our initial Cultural Justice Core Group met from September 2018 – June 2019.  This group focused on issues of patriarchy, sexism and misogyny, of immigrant experiences and xenophobia, of LGBTQ experiences, and issues related to religious exclusivity. Included below is a summary of their experience.

Key Learnings

At the end of their time together, the Cultural Justice Core Group identified their key learnings from this intensive experience.  These include:

  • Oppression is both structural and systemic.
  • There is a long and deep historical basis for the systemic cultural oppression that exists in our country, originating in our white, European, heterosexual, and Protestant-centric focus.
  • White males have been in charge and have done little to enable other groups to gain access to power.
  • Power controls the language, the laws, the perceived social norms and the telling of history.
  • U.S. history has been mythologized to fit the narrative of being founded upon religious freedom and as a beacon for immigrants.
  • Our nation’s founding documents institutionalized racism, sexism and marginalization from the start.
  • Who Are We and Who Belongs are concepts that have been debated and manipulated since before the founding of this country.
  • We all have social circles to which we belong; some define us, some we choose. Privilege enables some to perceive themselves as individuals rather than as parts of this social structure.
  • Change is seldom initiated by those in control; it is through the organized power of the oppressed that the legitimacy of the powerful is challenged.
  • We need to understand that change is not fast, that it will be resisted strongly, and will only be accomplished over very long periods of time with many setbacks along the way.

Resources

Book Reviews

Book Review: Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought, by Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Editor)

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Reviewed by Jinny Sullivan~ Words of Fire, the first major anthology to trace the development, from the early 1800s to the present, of black feminist thought in the United States, is Beverly Guy-Sheftall's comprehensive [read more]

Book Review: U.S. Women’s History: Untangling the Thread of Sisterhood, Edited by Leslie Brown, Jacqueline Castledine and Anne Valk

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Reviewed by Suzanne Clements~ As children, we were presented a version of American history that was a litany of the accomplishments and foibles of mostly white men. Where were the women in our nation’s [read more]

Book Review: Transgender History, by Susan Stryker

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Reviewed by Sage Brook~ This is a guide to American transgender history primarily taking us from 1800, through World War II, and up to 2016. It covers the major movements, writings and events that [read more]

Book Review: No One Is Illegal, by Justin Akers Chacon and Mike Davis

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Reviewed by Marsha Kelly~ No One Is Illegal, published by the book publishing arm of Chicago’s progressive Center for Economic Research and Social Change, Haymarket Books, was first written in 2006 at the height [read more]

Book Review: Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000, by Kunal Parker

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Reviewed by Lee Movius~ Kunal Parker’s Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000 is an unusual and compelling historical study, well worth the time of anyone interested in past or present law-based [read more]

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