Lessons in Oppression

Yeah, that is what we are covering at the moment in Multicultural Studies.  I suspect it will be a reoccuring theme throughout the quarter.  We were not focusing on any one group in particular today, though we mentioned it is a problem that everyone encounters, regardless of whether people choose to acknowledge it or not.  People are either the oppressors or the oppressed.  That is how it is everyone’s problem.  We might not think about it, but it is there.  How people are treated differently gives us clues, though.  Male vs. female, white vs. black, straight vs. gay, non-disabled vs. disabled, etc.

There are a lot of things in this class that seem to be difficult for some people to wrap their minds around.  It will probably be one of the most interesting classes I take.

It reminded me of something that happened years ago.  I think I was in high school.  It was during the weekend and everyone was home.  Someone knocked on the door and either myself or my brother, Martin answered.  It was a guy from the power company.  I wanted to talk to an adult.  Mom was the closest to the living room, so she came out first.  The guy immediately stated that our last bill had gone unpaid.  Mom immediately turned around to look at Dad, who had appeared from the kitchen.  Dad is usually the one who makes the payment to the power company.  He told Mom that he had made the payment and was not sure why the guy was saying otherwise.  When the guy saw Dad, however, his story suddenly changed.  He denied ever saying that a payment needed to be made.  Mom was angry by the attempted scam and called the police.  I remember the police coming out and talking to the guy, who had left our property and was down the street.  He was authorized to be out in the area, but not to solicit payments of any kind from residents.  I am not sure what happened to him after that.  It was a really weird situation, and he probably would not have done it if Dad had come to the door first.


About emeree

I am an Air Force veteran. I served as a Security Forces troop for nearly seven years and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant before separating in 2008. My tours of duty were in England and Oklahoma. I live in the Seattle area, which is where I grew up. I used my GI Bill and earned a degree from the University of Washington. I currently work in downtown Seattle and experience all the adventure that comes with that.
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