Feedback Form for Homework Set #2 (LASNNY)
Thanks for doing your Homework Set #2! By now you've watched videos on the urgency of utilizing an intersectional framework for understanding the ways people are multiply-oppressed and harmed, and on the intersections of race and economics in America. You've also read an article excerpt on challenges faced by civil legal services in effectively reaching and assisting low-income people of color. If you watched the Tim Wise video, you also learned about how the pervasive and enduring illusion of white supremacy works to maintain the racial divide despite economic commonalities.
At this point, we invite you to answer the following questions to reflect on what you've learned and how it applies to your work at LASNNY.
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Intersectionality: Reframing the Problem
Based on Dr. Crenshaw's video, how would you best describe intersectionality? (Check all that apply)
A way of understanding how all members of a targeted group are impacted by structural bias
A way of understanding how how individuals of multiple targeted groups are impacted by structural bias
Simply a handy way of looking at the diversity of traits an individual person holds
A way of understanding the points of privileges an individual has as a result of the traits they have
A way of naming an elusive and ubiquitous structural problem so it can be seen and solved
An alternative narrative, a "prism" that would allow those with power to see and understand the compounding dilemmmas of those without power
A metaphor for seeing how individuals are harmed at the intersections of many different social dynamics that work together to keep them from getting adequate support and help
A lot of people get hung up on the word "privilege," because they attribute it to something bad or shameful. But if we really want to understand and apply an intersectional anti-racist framework to our lives and work, we must understand and own the word. The article and videos this homework set talk a lot about dimensions of privilege, even without naming it directly. Based on what you've learned, describe in your own words what "privilege" means.
Intersectionality: Applied to Your Life
Think critically about an intersectional framework of understanding oppression, and apply it to your own life and relationships with others. What points of privilege do you personally hold? What points of privilege are held by the people closest to you (your family, most trusted friends, neighbors, spiritual community, etc.)? How might these points of privilege blind you or keep you from understanding the oppression of others?
Intersectionality: Applied to Your Work - Part 1
LASNNY is a not-for-profit legal services organization dedicated to serving low-income people in 16 counties across a broad range of civil legal issues. The majority of LASNNY's staff and clients are white, and LASNNY's geographic reach covers majority-white communities and some communities of color. Think about the videos you watched and the narratives in the article excerpt on "Race, Class, and Access to Civil Justice." Applying an intersectional framework of understanding privilege and oppression, think and share about some ways that race and class -- among other dimensions of diversity -- work together in STRUCTURAL (systemic) and INSTITUTIONAL (organizational) ways to limit access to justice for poor people of color in LASNNY's service area.
Intersectionality: Applied to Your Work - Part 2
Building off the question above, think and share about some ways that race and class -- among other dimensions of diversity -- work together in PERSONAL and INTERPERSONAL ways to limit access to justice for poor people of color in LASNNY's service area. (This can include the impact of your own individual biases on the work you do, as well as interpersonal relationships and dynamics between you and the client, you and opposing counsel, or your client and the judge.)
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