[ View the story "Fighting #EconomicViolence with dialogue" on Storify] Fighting #EconomicViolence with dialogue Hashtag provokes conversation about economic inequality in the US.
The Stream· Fri, Jan 10 2014 12:55:15
Join @suey_park @prisonculture @IolaElla @hystericalblkns @DorothyERoberts to discuss #economicviolence tmrw 8:30am
Good morning! Welcome to the #economicviolence Twitter conversation. Contribute ideas, experiences, solutions to addressing eco inequality.Prison Culture
The destruction of people, dehumanized & collateralized, in the craven rush for wealth is #economicviolencehystericalblackness
#economicviolence refers both to ways in which wealthy elites obtain & hold on to status but also the harm economic inequities inflict.Dorothy Roberts
pressuring teen parents to put child into adoption bcz others w/more resources can "give better life" #economicviolencebrownfemipower
#economicviolence is the idea that markets move toward equilibriumIola Ella
We presume that gender and race and sexuality are "cultural issues" or "social issues" and divorce them from economics #economicviolenceSarah Jaffe
This may be why gender violence gets framed as criminal instead of economic justice issue. #economicviolenceAndy Smith
When two parents making minimum wage can't afford to feed their family... That's #EconomicViolence & shows we need to #RaiseTheWageGregory A. Cendana
Having your degree be declared "useless" because it didn't come from a more expensive "elite" university. #economicviolenceWomanist Gamer Girl
#EconomicViolence my student loans ruining my credit cos I can't find a well paying job with my degreerosie
Telling employes to use public assistance if they aren’t making enough is #economicviolenceJon Daniel
, 16 per cent of Americans
Some faulted corporations, arguing that they need to exercise more corporate social responsibility.
Cultural separation of commodities from the inhumane and environmentally irresponsible realities of their production is #economicviolenceBenjamin Anderson
Climate change & environmental devastation while fossil fuel companies post record profits is #economicviolence.Joy Castro
Others discussed the issue of race as being a contributing factor to economic violence.
And yes, race is an economic issue. POC have much higher rates of long term unemployment & less job mobility #economicviolence #glassceilingSadia A.
@sadiasmusings @suey_park intersections of identity must be considered when looking at social issues. Privilege and oppression often mingleJoy L. S. Hoffman
@joy_hoffman This is super important for poor and working-class whites. @sadiasmusings @suey_parkJoshua Eaton
@joy_hoffman I think a lot of poor and working-class whites struggle with recognizing their privilege. I did. @sadiasmusings @suey_parkJoshua Eaton
Some criticised those living in poverty, arguing that they have the ability to resolve their situation.
#EconomicViolence is working 40 hrs/wk so you can pay 91 million others to sit home, eat Doritos and come up with idiotic hashtags all dayRandy Herrmann
#EconomicViolence is a term people who have no knowledge of Economics use to complain about their current condition.The Tizzle
Many responded to these types of comments:
#EconomicViolence is victim-blaming those in poverty for situations they didn't create. Via @laurenarankin
#economicviolence is when I was pitied as a child&my immigrant parents criticized 4 working all the time but would be called lazy if at homestephany caro
When fighting for #EconomicJustice is perceived as wanting to make excuses for "lazy" people who "need to get a job" #EconomicViolenceClare Cady
#EconomicViolence is waiting in line 2 hours for potatoes, bread and milk and then being called lazyMiranda Everitt
#EconomicViolence when the privileged punish the poor for being poor while profiting from their condition.Marcelo Viana Neto
Others questioned the use of the term "economic violence":
@suey_park I was not familiar with the term. Who decided "violence" was appropriate? @laurenarankinNotSoSilent Majority
#economicviolence might be the newest Liberal term with no meaning, like Social Justice. No one wants it, but no one knows what it is eitherThe Tizzle
What do you think when you hear the term economic violence? Tell us in the comments section below.