Ever been marginalized by another person or group? I have—more than once, and I’m far more fortunate than most. Marginalized. It seems like a harmless word…people off-screen, to the side.
Merriam-Webster defines “marginalize” as follows: to put or keep (someone) in a powerless or unimportant position within a society or group.
Wikipedia defines the term interchangeably with social exclusion. “Social exclusion is the process in which individuals or entire communities of people are systematically blocked from (or denied full access to) various rights, opportunities and resources that are normally available to members of a different group, and which are fundamental to social integration within that particular group (e.g., housing, employment, healthcare, civic engagement, democratic participation, and due process).”
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