Institutional Oppression

Albeism

  • People with disabilites have higher rates of unemployment, poverty, and homelessness
  • The deinstiutionalization of the mental health system in the 80s has led to the incarceration of people with experiences labeled as mental illness

Capitalism

  • Studies have found that wealthy districts have three times as many supermarkets as poor ones do, and that urban residents who purchase groceries at small neighborhood stores pay between 3-37% more than suburbanites buying the same products at supermarkets
  • In most of the US, schools are funded by property taxes, resulting in poor and low income youth attending schools that recieve much as little as 50% of the funding per pupil as schools in wealth districts
  • Interest rates are based on previous credit, as well as accumulated wealth. RESULT: people with the least money to spare end up paying the highest interest on money borrowed through credit cards, loans, etc.

Sexism

  • Masculine voices dominating in meetings, in terms of time, volume, higher esteem
  • Women often do unrecognized, undervauled work: taking notes at meetings, recognizing and appreciating people’s work, taking care of co-workers, childcare, clean up, etc
  • Gobally men are dominate well-esteemed and well-paid industries (science, political, leadership) and in the US women earn approximately 3/4 of what men earn in a lifetime

Racism 

  • Black men and boys incarcerated at 6x times the rate of white men and boys in the US
  • Instructing sales personnel to follow people of color to make sure they don’t steal
  • People of color are paid less than white people for equivalent jobs and education rates, 33% of African American children, 29% of Native American and 28% of Latino children live below the poverty line ($20,650 for a family of four in 2017), compared to a 9.5% of white children.

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