Internalized oppression occurs when the values of a dominant group are adopted by other groups who are kept in a subordinate position through violence and oppression. This cycle of violence and domination is the central problem of our culture. Capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, zenophobia, mysogyny and patriarchy are all toxic discourses that send negative messages to those people who live at the intersections of color, class, gender, poverty, or felony conviction status. These negative messages, which dominate the media, politics, courts, and casual conversation, tell oppressed people that they are of less value than others–that they are ‘bad,’ morally flawed, and otherwise deserving of the hash conditions imposed upon their bodes and minds by exclusion, neglect, harassment, impoverishment, assault, murder, rape, and mass incarceration. Such conditions cause oppressed and marginalized people to internalize this devaluation and delegitimization into their own thinking and to reenact the very same cycle of violence and domination upon vulnerable people in their own midst, or to turn this violence upon themselves through self-torment and self-abuse. Everyone in this culture is affected by internalized oppression; and if we accept our duty to break the cycle of violence and domination in our culture, then we begin by recognizing and dismantling the internalized oppression of our own minds.