Social justice is not only essential for the oppressed, it is also essential for the oppressor. The healing we seek in justice making is essential for us all. To help understand this point, see the below statement on patriarchy, which we post in memory of bell hooks.
“Unfortunately, our over-emphasis on the male as oppressor often obscures the fact that men too are victimized. To be an oppressor is dehumanizing and anti-human in nature, as it is to be a victim. Patriarchy forces fathers to act as monsters, encourages husbands and lovers to be rapists in disguise; it teaches our blood brothers to feel ashamed that they care for us, and denies all men the emotional life that would act as a humanizing, self-affirming force in their lives.”
― bell hooks, Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism