The Kaleidoscope of Intersectionality
Intersectionality is a theory that explains the interlocking relationships between our social attributes such as race, gender, class, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. I have learned through researching this issue that each of these attributes cannot exist without the others, and that every individual’s life chances and life experiences are affected by these connecting systems of oppression. Here is a quote by Bell Hooks which perfectly explains this:
“I began to use the phrase in my work “white supremacist capitalist patriarchy” because I wanted to have some language that would actually remind us continually of the interlocking systems of domination that define our reality and not to just have one thing be like, you know, gender is the important issue, race is the important issue, but for me the use of that particular jargonistic phrase was a way, a sort of shortcut way of saying all of these things actually are functioning simultaneously at all times in our lives and that if I really want to understand what’s happening to me, right now at this moment in my life, as a black female of a certain age group, I won’t be able to understand it if I’m only looking through the lens of race. I won’t be able to understand it if I’m only looking through the lens of gender. I won’t be able to understand it if I’m only looking at how white people see me.”
Hooks has helped me understand that to look at these lenses of in equality altogether, as I would need to have a kaleidoscope to see all the points of connection and that just with the slightest turn, the life chances and experiences change as does the picture. As intersectionality continues to be a problem, it currently affects many families and individuals especially in the areas of health care, education which I have chosen as ways to illustrate the connections between race, class, and gender.
Education is one system that is very disproportionate...
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