Friday, August 19, 2022

The oppressor/victim model is antithetical to UU values

A counter to CRT’s binary oppressor versus victim model are the minority groups that have succeeded under the system and whites who have not.

Cycleback, David. Against Illiberalism: A critique of illiberal trends in liberal institutions, with a focus on Unitarian Universalism (p. 40). Center for Artifact Studies. Kindle Edition. 

Human nature perceives contrasts and comparisons, the yin and yang of things. For every quality there is an opposite. This dichotomous thinking is “either/or” instead of “both/and.” Instead of viewing the world in a reductionistic and linear way we can view it systemically and holistically. CRT focuses primarily on an oppressor/victim model which is itself oppressive.

Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and justice, equity and compassion in human relations. The oppressor/victim model of CRT is antithetical to Unitarian Universalist principles.

What’s a good UU to do? They must rise above the frame of reference which has created this situation and move outside the box. This allows a systemic perspective which might lead to a redefinition of the problem which a return to the seven principles provides. All people have inherent worth and dignity and the work to affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations involves accentuating the positive and minimizing the negative in all components of the system.

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