Does being sexist, racist, oppressive necessarily involve saying the words “I hate these others.”?

“Does being sexist, racist, oppressive necessarily involve saying the words ‘I hate these others.’? or involve aggressively abusing others? No, not necessarily. Hating on others can be subtle, even invisible. Oppressing others can include silencing their voices, deeming them not worthy of listening to, invalidating them and their experience. Denying that someone’s oppression even exists! Just like we did with the other animals before we became willing to learn what we were doing to them. Did we murder them ourselves? Did we have them forcibly impregnated ourselves? No, but we were most definitely their oppressors and were most definitely responsible for the hell they suffer and die through. We treated them as less than us. It’s all the same shit. No one of us is less than anyone else. Anyone who has lived oppressed deserves to be heard and to be respected by those who have the power and the privilege just like the other animals deserve to have their oppression acknowledged, their voices heard, and their beings respected. Please keep the focus on the receivers of oppression and listen to them. Learn about their plights. They are worthy!”

– Rhonda Anderson, 12/14/14