Reconciliation as Strategy

The social construct of race can not be forgotten and neither can the very real harms that have resulted from it. However, class, which reveals that we have muh more in common than we do not has all but been made invisible and with it our shared struggle for justice. It was a ploy utilized to keep the people divided and in competition with one another instead of focused on the true enemy of the people; the 1%.

Our work cannot be so narrow so as to deny the spectrum of injustices, the whole structure must be challenged once. There must be continued and unrelenting pressure from every possible angle and every potential source, so that the structure has no time to recoup and cannot think clearly enough to develop a strategy to overcome the change that we so desperately need and desire.

The elites who want to operate unchecked and uninhibited by the intervention of the people fabricated and exploited the most clearly visible differences we as humans can quickly recognize; color and sex. It is true all of individual identities and the historis of our traumas should never be either ignored or reduced to silence for the greater good. It is also true, that once we recognize that we do not have to own those fabricated beliefs and ideologies ad our own, that we have the choice to create and propagate our own set of values and beliefs that we will truly begin to be free.

Patriarchy, xenophobia, sexism, ablism, classism, and racism with economic oppression and exploitation must be challenged at once. The more of thsee categories we fit into the greater the oppression experienced, that is the essence of intersectionality. It would be a mistake not to work toward healing all those harms and erecting new systems and procedures to limit those harms from occurring.

Reconciliation is one of the goals. Merely recognizing that we are not as different as the elites would have us believe, and that we do not have to be in competition with one another is simply not enough, it is only the beginning of reconciliation. Reconciliation will not be possible however, so long as there are vast inequalities in the control and distribution of resources, which equates to power. We have to restructure our society in such a way as not to entirely rule out all inequalities, but to limit how much I equality we permit to exist. Unequal power distribution undermines the object of reconciliation because it will lead to biased and slanted negotioans and allocations and result in further inequalities and then we will have solved nothing for any of us but the most powerful.

This is why we must address class at the same time as we address the rest of the very real harms our people are suffering; never forgetting, but working towards reconciliation as we maintain continued pressure on the system and the actors that suppress and oppress the vast majority of us

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