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Ellavating Humanity & Intersectionality

Kimberlé Crenshaw, the law professor at Columbia and UCLA who coined the term intersectionality over 30 years ago describes it as, the way people’s social identities can overlap. It’s basically a lens, a prism, for seeing the way in which various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other. We tend to talk about race inequality as separate from inequality based on gender, class, sexuality or immigrant status. What’s often missing is how some people are subject to all of these, and the experience is not just the sum of its parts. I have noticed in some workshops lately that people often feel torn in supporting BLM or AAPI or another topic of inclusion that may not be in the news right now. Further, with all the pain happening in the world we can get caught in the cycle of comparing pain which only leads to more hurt. Instead of comparing pain let us try to demonstrate more empathy, more perspective taking and more elevating our similarities as humans instead of amplifying our differences.

Remember, we are all just human at the end of the day, doing the very best we can.


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