As a graduate in Critical Race Theory from Portland Community College, I often forget that the average person lacks even a basic grasp of oppression dynamics. This gap in understanding is the cause of much frustration and triggering for progressives trying to reason with people on the right about topics like racism, sexism, privilege and a variety of other social justice issues. I firmly believe that this is a subject far too important to leave to CRT scholars, as it relates to so many current affairs and political discussions that one is truly lost without it. I have therefore attempted to break down this highly complex subject for the layman, allowing anyone to roughly judge a person’s victim status in society.
In essence, CRT theory assigns each individual an Oppression Score, based on the attributes that this person possesses. Some attributes, such as being black or trans, are awarded oppression points, whereas others, such as being white or straight, result in a subtraction of oppression points. If the person’s overall score is positive, xe is classified as “oppressed”, and conversely if the score is negative, xe is classified as “privileged”. The score can then be used to look up a person’s overall oppression/privilege level by comparing it to the Victim Pyramid.
The following table breaks down the number of oppression points awarded or subtracted for each personal attribute. The exact number of oppression points that each attribute garners is still disputed by top CRT professors, but the following is a rough guideline:
|From the City||+20|
|From the Country||-30|
|From the West Coast or North East||+50|
|From the South||-100|
The following chart demonstrates the Victim Pyramid, which allows you to calculate a person’s official victim status: