This page, which is always a work-in-progress, serves as a glossary explaining social justice vocabulary that are important to learn if one is to be a voice for marginalized groups.
Social Justice Vocabulary
Tone Policing: a derailing tactic that turns the focus on “HOW” something is said and the emotion that is used to say it rather than on the “CONTENT” of what is being said. It is used to avoid talking about the actual issue/subject and as a way to center the hurt feelings of the receiver rather than the actual concerns of the speaker.
Marginalized Group: a group that is kept in a powerless or unimportant position within a society or group.
- Right to Education: Marginalised Groups
- Marginalized groups: UN human rights expert calls for an end to relegation
- Political Inclusion of Marginalized Groups
Microaggressions: brief and daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate negative racial slights and insults toward people of marginalized groups. (coined by Columbia professor Derald Sue)
- APA: Microaggressions
- 13 Microaggressions You Hear on A Daily Basis as a Person of Color
- Microaggressions Matter
Gaslighting: engaging in oppressive/offensive behavior only to, when confronted with it by the victim, make them question their sanity by denying that the behavior has happened.
- Mike Pence and Gaslighting
- Stop Calling Women Crazy
- 10 Signs that Your’re the Victim of Gaslighting
- Are You Being Gaslighted?
Intersectionality: the interconnected nature of social groups such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
- Black Feminism and Intersectionality
- Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait
- Wikigender On Intersectionality
Systemic Racism: racism that is built into the structure and operation of an organization/government/institution.