I found our discussion of dehumanizing the oppressed to be quite thought provoking. The example of dehumanizing non-heterosexual couples through the legal system got me thinking about the other forms of legal dehumanization and oppression that occur. I was taken back to Michelle Alexander’s discussion of the “New Jim Crow,” and how black people and other people of color are treated as second hand citizens through the legal system. Alexander at one point breaks down the ways in which a felon is treated the same way that black people were treated during the Jim Crow era: they can’t vote, it’s hard to get jobs, they can’t serve on a jury (and by extension cannot be tried by a jury of their peers), and much more. These are all examples of ways that people of color are dehumanized and oppressed still. I’m sure there are innumerable other examples of this type of dehumanization that Freire discuses.