The term "intersectionality" was coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, an American lawyer and civil rights activist, in 1989 while she presented a paper describing the oppression of African American women. Intersectionality at its best gives us a framework for how to do justice by considering the way social identities such as race, gender, sexuality and class contribute to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by individuals. Intersectionality interpreted through the wrong lens, however, can lead to seeing marginalization as a competition to determine the weight of the overall oppression in order to determine who is the worst off, and the most oppressed, thus leading to a distraction in our quest for social justice. Coach Iyabo Onipede will share more about the origins of this term, what it has been good for and its danger zones, as well as offer tools for our collective work in creating a more compassionate and just world.
This is a Lunch and Learn event, so come have some lunch with us and learn.