The 10 Lenses: Are You a Victim/Caretaker/Champion?

By: | June 20, 2017

People who see through the Victim/Caretaker/Champion Lens see their liberation as a crucial goal. Victim Caretaker/Champions believe that they are still suffering from the generational impact of oppression. Therefore, they continue to deserve justice and compensation from society as a whole and the dominant culture. Victim/Caretaker/Champions see oppression as not only historical but also contemporary, still producing overwhelming odds for their identity group’s survival and well-being. Victim/Caretaker/Champions do not believe that intolerance is only personal but rather is systemic and built into the fabric of the society.



  • They shine a spotlight on issues of social injustice
  • They inform us of the barriers to opportunity people experience because of their identity due to institutional systems.
  • Through their suffering, they call on all of us to open our eyes and hearts to their pain and injustice
  • They develop and model inner strength
  • They act in solidarity and community with other Victim/Caretaker/Champions


  • They demonstrate genuine concern and caring for the community, national and global service to the oppressed
  • They inspire deeper levels of understanding of, and interest in, the collective well-being of society.
  • They help us to rise above identity group self-interest to support those who do not have the opportunities and resources that everyone deserves
  • They provide resources and support to those in need

Strengths Champions:

  • They encourage us to move out of complacency and take a proactive stance to eliminate all forms of exploitation and discrimination
  • They lead the effort for mobilization and change
  • They provide hope for those who are limited by oppression and discrimination
  • They speak up, confront, take action and lead the way to alleviate the suffering of others



  • They may pre-judge members of the dominant culture as not worth trusting or investing in or developing productive relationships with
  • They overly, blame societal or organizational factors for their position in life
  • They can be unwilling to take personal responsibility for their job performance
  • They may have an adverse impact on an organization’s time and financial resources by initiating unfounded legal claims


  • They can act in self-righteous and paternalistic ways.
  • They may disempower others by assuming that they should receive special treatment instead of requiring them to stand on their own
  • Can lead to a cycle of dependency
  • May offer no real ideas or practical solutions to the complex systemic challenges that foster oppression
  • They may become too enraged and hostile thus closing off potential support for their cause
  • They may not have the patience to meet others where they are
  • They can judge other victims harshly if they do not join the cause or rally to support their suggested solutions

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