A Working Glossary

Ally: A person who uses their privilege to advocate and work in solidarity with oppressed groups

Oppression:  The combination of social inequality and power that are present on an individual, institutional, and cultural level.

Prejudice: A judgment or belief, targeted towards a group of people, that are based on generalizations or stereotypes.

Discrimination: Disadvantageous treatment of a certain group based on race, gender, or other characteristics

Intersectionality: Acknowledging different identities and experiences in the discourse of activism

Microaggressions: A comment or action that communicates negative messages about a person’s identity

Cultural Appropriation: The theft of cultural elements without understanding or respect for the original culture

Color-blind racism: The view that racial prejudice does not exist and everyone has equal opportunities, ignoring the hardships that people face due to racism.

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