Why I rarely use the term “intersectional”

To truly understand intersectionality we have to go back to the creator of the term itself, Kimberlé Crenshaw, who back in 1989 used it to address the dual systems of gender and race, specifically for Black women. Today “intersectionality” is often incorrectly used to explain just about any intersection of oppression.

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Social Progress Is Not Inevitable: Now is the time to make it

Progress requires the tireless effort of people who are committed to making our world a more inclusive, equitable, and justice-minded place. Patiently waiting for the animal movement to diversify itself would be a mistake because as MLK noted, social progress is not inevitable. If we hope to see consistent progress in the animal protection movement then we must act on our internal impulse and seek to change the racial and gender demographics of our movement and our leadership.

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Why We Need to Amplify Voices of Color

Amplification is when people support your message or point by referring to it, crediting it, and/or building on it. When each person’s contribution is marred due to explicit or implicit bias, lack of connection or ignorance, the project and the company lose.

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