Thank you for such a considerate and articulate response to my post. I’m really glad my writing connected with you in some way, and appreciate you taking the time to reply more than you could know. You perfectly described a number of things I’ve been thinking and feeling, particularly this week.
The “isms” of oppression (racism, sexism, classism, etc) are foundational to such societies and a core aspect of the operation of those “isms” is their invisibility.
I find this so difficult to grapple with, because the people whose ancestors fought for their supremacy are happy to take all of the benefits that come with that, while seeking to deny its existence. That’s by its very nature the legacy of systemic oppression. I’m going to read up on the epistemology of ignorance — the phrasing/coinage coupled with your description tells me it’s the perfect social theory to describe this phenomenological issue of intentionality and perspective. Sometimes theoretical comprehension gives me a little peace :) But only a little.
I’d also love(/hate) to hear more about the racism/vegan-activism experience you had, perhaps in private correspondence if you don’t want to post it all on the internet!