This book offers educational and psychological perspectives to inform practice and increase options in addressing conflict situations. The first part of the book helps the educator understand the reasons for resistance and ways to prevent it. The second part explains how educators motivate dominant groups to support social justice. This book is an excellent resource for group facilitators, counselors, trainers in classrooms and workshops, professors, teachers, higher education personnel, community educators, and other professionals involved with educating others about diversity and equity.
Chapter 7: Why People from Privileged Groups Support Social Justice
Why People from Privileged Groups Support Social Justice
There are obvious reasons why people from dominant groups resist challenges to the status quo. There are also plenty of reasons why they remain apathetic and uninvolved. Yet we know from history and our current experiences that people from privileged groups also support and often lead struggles for social justice. Instead of just focusing on why people from privileged groups don't support equity, I have been exploring what motivates people to do so. Why do some people from dominant groups act as allies, supporting the rights of an oppressed group of which they are not part? Why do some men support feminist initiatives, some heterosexuals work for gay and lesbian ...