- by Mary Ann Kaiser -
One of the most important words in recent years to enter the vocabulary of change-makers is “intersectionality.” It’s basically naming the reality that there is no such thing as a single issue of injustice disconnected from other injustices.
For instance, marriage equality is inherently tied into issues of immigration, immigration is directly tied into issue of class, class issues are directly tied into race issues, race issues include a lot of gender issues, the list goes on. All the “-isms” are constantly working hand in hand, yet most of our country’s activism and religious social movements have worked on injustice as if they are separate from one another. We tackle gay rights or gender issues or poverty separately. This typically results in the most privileged group within each “issue” to get their needs met first. If we are talking about lgbtq issues and we don’t work directly from the acknowledgement that race, class, gender, etc are inherently intertwined, we’re going to end up working primarily for the white, cis, middle to upper class, male queers. Traditionally, that’s how it’s worked in civil rights, in feminist movements, and in the lgbtq movement. It is evident today.