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May 30, 2017

499 Allowances

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  • In 1920, the US Constitution was amended. This 19th amendment allowed all women to vote.
  • In 1870, the US Constitution was amended. This 15th amendment allowed African American men to vote.

Our system of governance, the structure of our house if you will, was originally created to be run without the participation of women or people of color. Blood, sweat, and tears had to be shed in order to receive those allowances.

Allowances. Permission. Patronizing.

To be given an allowance within a system that was founded with an intent to exclude me is what I point to when someone asks "What is structural oppression?"

Structural oppression doesn't not exist because  ... a nice white man sits here... and also over there, and over there as well. They can go on being nice ... they don't have to wake up any given day to deliberately oppress me while practicing their privilege ... the system's already designed to make that happen, regardless of their individual niceness.


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