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"Oppression Dehumanizes"


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The system of oppression dehumanizes everyone and suffocates humanity.

“... we can't say that one person liberates himself, or another, but that people in communion liberate each other.” [3]

Per Wikipedia, “Oppression is the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. It can also be defined as an act or instance of oppressing, the state of being oppressed, and the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, and anxiety.” [1]

The fundamental question, then, is what we can collectively do to overcome oppression, and Paulo Freire (Author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed) [2] offers his thoughts on this crucial issue:

“Although oppression dehumanizes both parties and stifles their humanity, the oppressed has to lead the struggle for a fuller humanity for both. The oppressor, who is himself dehumanized because he dehumanizes others, tries to hang onto his power and dehumanizing practices.

When the oppressed seek to regain and deepen their humanity, they must not in turn oppress the oppressors, but rather help to restore the humanity of both.

The contradiction between the two classes is resolved by the appearance of a new kind of human being, one in the process of liberation. It's not possible to eliminate oppression just by a shift of roles in which the oppressor becomes the oppressed and vice-versa.

In such change we can't say that one person liberates himself, or another, but that people in communion liberate each other.” [3]

Your viewpoint is important to us. Please share your view and thoughts on these themes: “Oppression Dehumanizes”, “Change in the Oppressed and Oppressors”, and “People in communion liberate each other.”

A better and more in-depth understanding of these subject matters can be found by referring to Wikipedia

1. Wikipedia
2. Paulo Freire
3. Freire, Paulo. “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” (p. 128). The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc: New York, 2007

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Project Producer & Conceptual Artist: Majid Baradar
Graphic Designer/Artist: Anna Felisha Ott
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Image Production By: 12Petals Media Group, Oppression Dehumanizes. 2013

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