The Daily Praxis: Recognize Your Intersections
Recognize Your Intersections (Vulnerability) -
“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come, because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” - Lila Watson
In our Centered Spaces Workshop on Understanding Intersectionality we have participants go through an activity.
During the activity, we list out 10 various social identities (recognizing it’s not an exhaustive list):
Race or Ethnicity
Geography - Urban/Rural/Suburban
Gender Identity or Expression
Disability - Physical/Sensory/Emotional/Developmental
Age or Generation
English Language Proficiency
Then we ask the participants to choose only one of the identities as the answer each of the following questions (questions can have the same identity as an answer):
The part of my identity that I am most aware of on a daily basis?
The part of my identity that I am least aware of on a daily basis?
The part of my identity that affords me the most access or privilege?
The part of my identity that makes me feel most discriminated against?
Today, let’s challenge ourselves to answer those questions for ourselves, and consider how this knowledge might impact our practice.