Because these issues affect real people, and if you don’t know how different oppressions interact, you can’t help.
Take feminism for example, if you’re a feminist, you want to make life better for women and others who are marginalized for gender, how can you do that if you don’t understand the way that race, class, sexuality, cis/trans status, ability/disability, and other axes of oppression modify the experience of gender based oppression?
Alright folks, especially other white southerners, we need to talk about the Confederate Flag.
Some of you want to say that “it’s heritage not hate.” Well, I think that’s full of shit.
Whether it’s hateful and oppressive is not for white folks to decide, it’s for people of color.
Do you have any idea what the heritage of that flag is?
The confederacy breaking off and rebelling against the united states.
The confederacy was based on the plantation system and the exploitation of slave labor. If you want to argue with me that the war was based on economics, the south’s economy was based on slave labor.
White supremacist groups using that flag to protest integration and the civil rights movement in general.
White supremacist groups like the KKK and the Aryan Brotherhood today use that flag as a symbol right alongside the swastika and Nazi flags as a symbol of hate and white supremacy.
Oh, and one more note, if you’re like that one “Accidental Racist” and say it’s just about supporting a band, then you’ve just told everybody that supporting Lynyrd Skynyrd is more important to you than not broadcasting a message of hate.