What is Intersectionality? What is the Importance of It?
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Intersectionality is an idea that everyone should learn and understand. Intersectionality is the concept that acknowledges that everyone faces discrimination as we must consider what may oppress them, such as gender, race, social class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, etc. It also intersects identities as someone can experience different prejudice types because of their identity overlapping each other.
For example, the media focused on Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. Everyone knew they were victims of police brutality, and everyone got together and protested throughout the world. Everyone wanted to get justice for them because the justice system wronged them. However, a black woman was killed in the police's hands, yet no one says her name. Breonnaa Taylor was a victim of police brutality, and she still did not receive justice. While Ahmad Arbery and George Flloyd got justice, Breonna Taylor's family is still trying to get justice for her.
This example shows how black women are viewed differently than black men. African American women are oppressed more in society than black men because of their gender. Society underappreciated and devalued black women, resulting in people not getting justice for them, especially when they need it the most, like Breonna Taylor.
In society, people don't realize what advantages they have compared to other races, genders, etc. The only thing you can do about the disadvantages is acknowledging that you have privilege over them.
Intersectionality explains how a person should not discredit someone's experience. Instead, they should try to understand what they are going through. After all, it is essential to learn about different cultures and their experiences, instead of being ignorant to their experiences.
Officials need to learn how to incorporate intersectionality in their everyday lives, especially in school and the workplace. In these social institutions, the higher officials call for "diversity" but do not understand it. How can they call for diversity but do nothing to understand the minorities in our communities? So, officials should include minorities in your social institution, yet it is still not enough.
They are leaving minorities to defend themselves while they are not protecting them. Once diversity is included in schools and the workplace, employers are happy with the representation but do not ask them questions about their identity. Questions about identity will help employers or professors learn how to understand their culture without offending them.
Have you ever heard about intersectionality? What are your opinions on it? Have you ever had an experience where someone discriminated against you because of your intersecting identities? Did someone try to compare their knowledge of oppression with you? How can you include intersectionality in your life? What will you do to make intersectionality more common?