Joining the dots

by Kim on April 5, 2011

Women

Elderly women

Disabled elderly women

Muslim disabled elderly women

Lesbian Muslim disabled elderly women

Black lesbian Muslim disabled elderly women

Poor black lesbian Muslim disabled elderly women

I stand to be corrected on the exact order of descent. But my point is that there are always links in the stitches of oppression, and that, ultimately, liberation is a seamless garment. Or as Martin Luther King put it: “Justice is indivisible.”

King himself joined the dots between the civil rights movement and the protests against the war in Vietnam – the racism, the militarism. And early in 1968, having joining the dots between oppression and class, he helped to organise the Poor People’s Campaign in the struggle for economic justice. (Remember why King was in Memphis when he was assassinated: he was supporting the city’s sanitation workers in their strike for better pay and conditions.) I have no doubts, were King alive today, that he would be continuing to join the dots on gender, sexuality, religion, and the powerless of all places.

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Pam 04.05.11 at 7:59 am

In Australia, Aboriginal people - male and female alike - remain locked in the struggle to survive. 3.7% have a university degree, they are 12 times more likely to be hospitalised, 47% not in the labour force, 21% of the prison population. They remain torn apart by deaths in custody, the stolen generation will never recover from being torn apart from family.

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Pam 04.05.11 at 11:16 pm

Men

White men

White educated men

White educated powerful men

White educated powerful uncaring men

Dots joined.

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