“White privilege.” “Male privilege.” Heterosexual privilege.” “Class privilege.” “Able-bodied privilege.” “Christian privilege.”
Though the concept of the privilege of the dominant group that’s based on culturally accepting their characteristics as the norm and others as deviants from a norm that’s somehow considered more natural, American, and human has been around for decades, its very mention to a person in those dominant groups often raises the level of a discussion’s heat.
People not a part of those dominant groups are regularly, and often silently, aware of what those phrases mean to their daily lives, but the dynamics of our culture’s intersection of the categories we use to divide people complicates the discussion....
Why is it difficult, then, for people in dominant groups to recognize the privileges their group has just for being the right color, sexual orientation, gender, class, religion, or body-type? Why is it almost a knee-jerk reaction to go into anecdotal-justifying denial?....
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-- Letter to the Editor in the Liberty Press where "Minor Details" has appeared monthly for 18 years, written by veteran LGBT activist (since 1959) and a founder of LA's Homosexual Information Center in 1968, Billy Glover
I Had Time to Read Only One Other Article This Week,
Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Former Congressional Staffers: "Indivisible:
A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda" (January 2, 2016)
From the Intrioduction:
"The authors of this guide are former congressional staffers who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party. We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress. We saw them organize locally and convince their own MoCs to reject President Obama’s agenda.
Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism— and they won.
We believe that protecting our values, our neighbors, and ourselves will require mounting
a similar resistance to the Trump agenda — but a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness. Trump is not popular. He does not have a mandate. He does not have large congressional majorities.
If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump.
To this end, this brief guide offers a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. The guide is intended to be equally useful for stiffening Democratic spines and weakening pro-Trump Republican resolve...."
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Minor Writes on Love, Dating, and Relationships
His Latest Column on 50PlusPrime.com
Psychologist and popular writer, Harriet Lerner’s new book, Why Won’t You Apologize? analyzes the interwoven dynamics of what it is to apologize to and forgive another. Hers is one of the most realistic deconstructions of the two sides of a single coin that’s crucial to healthy relationships.
Since apologies are something we can all do better, it’s a must read. Lerner writes: “I believe that tendering an apology, one that is authentic and genuinely felt, helps the other person to feel validated, soothed, and cared for and can restore a sense of well-being and integrity to the one who sincerely feels she or he did something wrong.”
A genuine apology isn’t a common occurrence. So much of what initially sounds acceptable either doesn’t take responsibility for the act or even blames it on the other person. And then there are apologies that are about the person who is apologizing rather than the hurt party....
more in Dr. Minor's latest column: "Be Aware of What's In Apologies and Forgiveness"
Fairness Project On-Line Activist Tool Kit
The Fairness Project is in the process
of making available the handout materials from
Dr. Minor's popular workshop: "Being an Activist
Without Being a Victim." These materials are chosen
because they encourage activist leadership to proceed
from a progressive, healing model which contradicts
the models of leadership found in most popular
forms, models that are meant to keep the system
in place rather than to make changes that support
humanity, and result in burnout among leaders.
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