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document updated 10 years ago, on Jan 17, 2012
This is an important lesson to learn — people can be BOTH oppressed and oppressor.

People have a mistaken belief that, once they've been hurt, their experience gives them special insight that innoculates them from hurting others. There are many examples that show this is not the case.

The fact is, privelege blinds us. Those who are privileged are never confronted about the fact they're privileged, while those who don't have a given privilege are constantly confronted with the fact that there's a difference in outcomes for them, based on skin color, gender, sexual preference, etc.



Countries are an interesting case, because they exist long enough for history to repeat itself, but this time, with the perpetrators doing the EXACT SAME THING that they were initially victims of.