Woke in Plain English: "Lived Experience"

Lived Experience. “Lived experience” means an individual’s personal experience with oppression. In particular, it means a member of a minority group’s experience with being discriminated against. Members of the majority group, like straight white men, cannot talk about their lived experience because they have not been oppressed. They can, however, talk about their lived experience if they have discriminated against members of the minority group. For example, a straight white man can tell stories about how he discriminated against gay people. This is his lived experience as an “oppressor.”

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