…fact similar, they simply are not the same. Essentializing those difference can be problematic, but a solidarity built on the idea that pinecones and pineapples are the same because they are both grow on trees is tenuous. Recognition is important, but recognition can’t be sustained by acting like two isn’t greater than o…
I strongly disagree. (Aside from the fact that pineapples don't grow on trees - let us call them both “fruits” for this discussion). The "pinecone" of the murder of most of my family in the Holocaust grew from the same root of racism upon which the "pineapple" of the enslavement of my wife's family in America grew. Of course each is unique. While we should study the uniqueness of each, we should not allow that uniqueness to be a cause for division. Nor should we engage in what you call the "Oppression Olympics" of comparing body counts. Rather, we should look for the root of each, so we can eliminate this pestilence wherever it may grow. The root of both these strange fruits, the root of racism itself, is the tendency to see "others" as something less than human, and therefore not worthy of our compassion.
I have engaged in the same argument with other Jews who insist that nobody dare compare anything with the Holocaust because it is so "unique." I do indeed compare what happened to my family in the Holocaust to the oppression sprouting from the same roots all over the world. It is because I do that I have dedicated myself to fighting it, wherever, by whoever, to whoever, it may appear, not just to my “own” people.
Solidarity is about making these comparisons, in the sense of seeking out the common roots of all oppression. That is what the word "radical" literally means - from the Greek "radis" or "root." The radical solution to all these forms of oppression is solidarity. Ricardo Flores Magon, the anarchist from Oaxaca who started the Mexican Revolution from exile in Los Angeles, put it best when he said:
"Solidarity is the consciousness of the common interest, and the actions which follow from that consciousness."