4 Interesting Facts About Intersectionality
I bet you’re looking at this title and probably don’t even know what the word intersectionality means. Intersectionality is the connections among race, class and gender in which relations are made among the different categories. This link allows for discrimination and judgement to take place within the groups.
- Each category within intersectionality is SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED!!!
Each group is viewed based on societies opinions on them, which allows for unfair treatment of those minority groups that are seen to be different from the “norm”
- Each category within intersectionality is BINARY!!!
Ex) Gender: Man/Woman, Race: White/Black, Class: Rich/Poor, Sexuality: Straight/Gay
In these cases, the first word of either option is the dominant one of the group, those that are more respected and accepted in society
- Race and gender play a large role in sports
Have you ever watched a basketball game? What about a football game? Maybe you’ve caught a lacrosse game. Have you noticed that majority of professional athletes seen on TV are men? Have you noticed that a large number of those who play in the NFL or NBA are African American men? Have you noticed that most lacrosse players are white males? Just something to think about
- Whites make up the largest population of the homeless
When people think of someone who is homeless, they think of a minority on the streets of a bad area. In reality, 41% of the homeless population is made up of white people, which is 1% more than African American’s according to the National Coalition for the Homeless (http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/minorities.html)