10 reasons for Oppression (or 10 oppressions)

1. Racism & internalized racism

2. Colonialism

3. Imperialism/White Supremacy

4. Sexism

5. Colorism

6. Capitalism

7. Nationalism (to an extreme)

8. Anti-immigration

9. War & corrupt politics

10. religious fundamentalism

11. Hierarchy of oppression (yes, this exists though all oppression is connected).



Sexism, women and the workplace: words of Jack Ma, Alibaba’s executive chairman

Today, after a long hiatus of not blogging I realized once again how important it is to share, argue, and expose daily (and centuries long) injustices. Clap clap….move on…

Jack Ma, or Ma Yun, Alibaba’s executive chairman (the idea for the founding of the multi-million company is credited to him) was asked how can women empower themselves in today’s society, followed by the question, what percentage of women were in his company?

After not answering the question of how many women are in his company, his response was: “women…my employees make others happy…I believe women should empower their husbands, fathers, brothers” before answering a question about his wife.

As if women haven’t been empowering their husbands, fathers and brothers for centuries and more than two millennium. Frankly, his response is likened to Confucius’s teachings about how women should subjugate themselves to their husbands, fathers, and brothers.

I say this is blasphemy.

Jack didn’t even answer either question posed to him; does he expect women to empower everyone except themselves? (because that already occurs in patriarchal societies). Disclaimer: I recognize that there are amazing women that empower themselves and their families including their menfolk; I’m merely addressing the self-sacrifice Jack is implicating in his answer. 

Being a wife, mother, daughter is already self-sacrifice in most traditional Chinese families that expect women to subjugate themselves to their men.

In my opinion, women are the equals of men, and should not subjugate themselves to men, but have an equal say in the family unit (provided there is no unequal power-dynamic which unfortunately, often exists in patriarchal societies).

Rather than empowering the men (that already have more power and leverage than women in patriarchal societies), I think men should create environments that support the empowerment of their daughters, wives and mothers and help empower women. 

After all, without the support of our brothers we women remain divided; it’s important to place sexist men in the context of patriarchal societies which normalizes sexism, but that doesn’t excuse sexist acts, behaviors and treatment.

Lastly, I’ll end with the point that it’s hard to empower yourself in the home, environment and a society that has unequal power-dynamics; it’s important to gather support and allies.

Jack Ma, I hope you’re empowering your wife, your daughter and the women in Alibaba. If you’re not, you should start, it’s not too late. 

Leigh Anne Tuohy, Racism, and the White Saviour Complex

“good” White people should get a prize for all the great things they do. (sarcasm)

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Leigh Anne “That Nice Woman Sandra Bullock Played In The Blind Side” Tuohy recently posted the following picture and caption on her Facebook and Instagram accounts:


We see what we want! It’s the gospel truth! These two were literally huddled over in a corner table nose to nose and the person with me said “I bet they are up to no good” well you know me… I walked over, told them to scoot over. After 10 seconds of dead silence I said so whats happening at this table? I get nothing.. I then explained it was my store and they should spill it… They showed me their phones and they were texting friends trying to scrape up $3.00 each for the high school basketball game! Well they left with smiles, money for popcorn and bus fare. We have to STOP judging people and assuming and pigeon holing people!…

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A police officer’s open letter to black protesters

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Woman Power – Yoko Ono

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Why Ferguson Should Matter to Asian-Americans


A peculiar Vine floated around social media Monday evening following the grand jury announcement in Ferguson, Mo. The short video shows an Asian-American shopkeeper standing in his looted store, with a hands-in-his-pockets matter-of-factness and a sad slump to his facial expression. “Are you okay, sir?” an off-screen cameraman asks. “Yes,” the storeowner says, dejectedly.

The clip is only a few seconds, but it highlights the question of where Asian-Americans stand in the black and white palette often used to paint incidents like Ferguson. In the story of a white cop’s killing of a black teen, Asian-Americans may at first seem irrelevant. They are neither white nor black; they assume the benefits of non-blackness, but also the burdens of non-whiteness. They can appear innocuous on nighttime streets, but also defenseless; getting into Harvard is a result of “one’s own merit,” but also a genetic gift; they are assumed…

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