At expo, 7 coffee professionals gathered to host a panel to ‘further propel the conversation of intersectionality within the coffee industry’.
I’m not talking about any gadgets or equipment I saw at expo. If we want to move forward and innovate this is honestly more important. Read on.
What’s intersectionality you ask? It’s a concept often used in critical theories to describe the ways in which oppressive institutions (racism, sexism, homophobia etc.) are so intertwined that they cannot be analysed separately from one another. In other words: lumping all the assholes together because they’re a big powerful team, playing dirty, and need to be stopped.
Kimberlé Crenshaw might be proud of the coffee industry’s seminal efforts to examine its intersectionality of late; there’s many a good conversation happening right now. If you’re reading this email there’s a +70% chance you’re male and a high chance you enjoy some kind of privilege stemming from an oppressive institution. If that hurt, I strongly encourage you join one of these conversations and get used to it.
We’re hosting a discussion about it all on Barista Hustle’s facebook group. The panelists are literally in there helping people and it’s magic. Get involved, yo