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To those who believe an equalities officer is a legitimate position to tackle sexism, racism and homophobia ect, read this.

There is no one oppressive force within society that can be silenced, it’s not some old white guy lording it over everyone else, racism sexism ect have many roots in many differing places within society. Therefore giving the task to one individual within a university campus, is not only impractical, but asking the impossible.

For example, as a gay woman, I face stigmatization and oppression due to my sexuality. The origin of sexual oppression is based on entirely differing origins to say racism. LGBT stigmatization is rooted in Victorian dialects about “correct” sexuality. This is entirely distinct from the origins of racism, which are rooted in colonial academia. They are different things, and therefore require different responses.

To properly represent minorities, means to respond to backwards dialogue and actions. It is through understanding the roots of these variating forms of oppression, that people can therefore work out how to eradicate these beliefs. As oppression is diverse, it is illogical to place the huge workload of eradicating/reducing these forms of oppression on campus to one individual. 

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