Essay on An Example Of Internalized Oppression

840 Words Apr 9th, 2016 4 Pages
1) Explain why this is an example of internalized oppression. Use references from the course textbook and or PowerPoints to support your position.

The man is clearly practicing internalized oppression against himself and his own people. To explain why, I would refer to this quote: “Experiencing oppression unfortunately is coupled with the internalization of that oppression. Some of us will learn strategies to avoid this internalization, but tragically most of us will take in some of the negative messages about ourselves and our groups and consequentially feel less than good about ourselves, others in our own groups or groups “like” ours.” (PowerPoint, week2, internalized oppression theory, slide 5)
So this man took the negative messages about being inferior and not white and privileged. About his skin color not being desirable as is promoted. He is practising self-invalidation and believing the negative stereotype about his group. He internalized those messages and began to hate what he was and wanted to change. So, he wanted to change his color which could show signs of hating of himself and his own people.
He feels undesirable and not wanted. He was maybe oppressed during his life by others for his skin color. He witnessed the privileges that white people get. All of those incidents would internalize with time. He is doing that unconsciously and without knowing that it is internalized oppression. “Internalized Oppression is an involuntary reaction to the…

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