Hierarchy of oppression acceptance

I was reading a post about anti-oppression on Kevin’s blog, Slant Truth which led me to me to this post. The link trail then led me to Reclusive Leftist and a post about “the difference between sexism and racism.

According to Violet, the blogger at RL, sexism is more acceptable in the world than racism. Shannon from Egotistical Whining challenged Violet’s opinion. Shannon commented that Violet should do a self-awareness check of her white privilege. Violet deemed it necessary to completely tear Shannon down, as well as anyone else who disagreed with her central argument that sexism is more accepted than racism. Black Amazon, Blackademic, Bint Alshamsa, Ampersand, Thin Black Duke, Belledame222, The Angry Black Woman, Bitch | Lab, and more have posted either in posts or comments about the racism that is present in Violet’s original post.

As I read Violet’s original post and subsequent comments, the mantra “there is no hierarchy of oppressions or of oppression acceptance” kept floating through my head.

How can a white woman (or any white person for that matter) say that racism is less accepted than sexim? How would she know? And then to have the nerve to say that it’s a fact!

Suzanne Pharr’s “Common Elements of Oppressions” should be required reading for all white folks.