The Capital Hill Autonomous Zone Creates Their Own Government, Elects Disabled Children and Felons

The Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), which took over 6 square blocks in Seattle, have created their own government called the Conflict Resolution Advisory Council and are electing disabled children, felons and people of color.


Oppression Olympics is a characterization of marginalization as a competition to determine the relative weight of the overall oppression of individuals or groups, often by comparing race, gender, socioeconomic status or disabilities, in order to determine who is the worst off, and the most oppressed. The characterization often arises within debates about the ideological values of identity politicsintersectionality, and social privilege.

The Oppression Olympics have been described as a contest within a group, to “assert who is more authentic, more oppressed, and thus more correct”. This may be on the basis of one’s race, gender, sexuality, among other stated or ascribed identities. 

A person’s stated or ascribed identity “become[s] fetishised” within the group and judged in preconceived essentialist terms. There is a dynamic “of agreeing with the most marginalized in the room”. 

Stoyan Francis described “The gold medal of the Oppression Olympics is seen as the commanding spot for demanding change, for visibility and allocation of resources”.


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