After the recent news around Anderton Park School in my native West Midlands. Protests against the Birmingham school’s equalities education. Protesters, most of them Muslim, moved on to Anderton Park after other schools nearby dropped their “no outsiders” LGBT education programme.
I feel compelled to write something.
I will not use the argument that those in glass houses should not throw stones. Marginalised groups have a right to protest whatever their views; this should not impinge on their rights.
My message is one of solidarity, this is not a simple case of I like this, but I don’t like this. All discrimination is a product of systemic problem, racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. These are all derived from a system which ‘other’ groups to keep the majority together.
All collectives are doomed to fail (Von Mises).
Collectives cannot create meaning. Individuals create their meaning within the group. Remember, all collectives are a group of individuals.
As a Wolverhampton Wanderers fan, I like all football fans want my football club to succeed. However, there are apparent differences between fans. Some will wish success at any means others will favour the quality of football over everything. The way all collectives stay together is through the process of othering. Othering provides the premise that all ‘decent’ people would be part of our collective and therefore provides meaning to the whole.
Your choice is clear, you either support the freedoms of all or you support the same system which oppresses us all. Through the othering of groups, we make all of our struggles more difficult.
Your choice is clear, you either support the freedoms of all or you support the same system which oppresses us all. Through the othering of groups, we make all of our struggles more difficult. Click To Tweet
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