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  •  the bigger point is that when a member of (1+ / 0-)
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    an oppressed group cries out about an experience, it is damaging to put her on trial for whether her example is one you can affirm or not.

    the oppression doesn't happen in a courtroom. it happens every day, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. There is an embedded coding system in communications designed to be resistant to the seeing the harm in an evidentiary hearing. Yet, when a member of the oppressed group cries out, that person is put under the evidentiary microscope and shot down for having the poor judgment to use an example others don't deem worthy. It's a game the oppressed can never win. Supposed comrades who play into the tactic are actually propping up the game.

    why even bother making statements about how you don't necessarily see it in this example? all that does is make sure that everybody understands that the evidentiary bar is very high for making complaints against oppressors. it is another mechanism in the perpetuation of the oppression.

    don't like the example? stay out of the conversation. don't lend a hand to the oppressor class by invalidating a member of the oppressed.

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