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The struggle against white skin privilege and white supremacy is key.
"You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future.”
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Saturday, October 08, 2011
OCCUPY WALL STREET: THE REAL QUESTION IS WHERE HAVE ALL THE WHITE FOLKS BEEN FOR THE PAST FIVE CENTURIES
long before there was an Occupy Wall Street
Much has been made by some by the lack of participation of People of Color at Occupy Wall Street sites around the country. It's true, People of Color have been staying away. It isn't hard to figure out why and the young folks in this new movement need to figure it out. Anyway, I've been there before so I will not bother you with my thoughts right now. I will just say until the new movement begins to deal with issues of significance to People of Color, until it realizes the differences between being a middle class white person trying to pay back their college loan and the plight of African Americans in America, until it recognizes the need to not talk to People of Color, but listen to them, not try to tell them what to do, but take leadership from them, People of Color ain't coming down...and neither are lots of people like me. This movement cannot make real change until it understands what race means in America and takes on white supremacy, white privilege and racism directly...with other white people. I hate to be such a grouch, but its time to grow up folks. The short comment below from Midwest Mountain Mama speaks volumes.
FROM MIDWEST MOUNTAIN MAMA
the point to me is not that they are not including us—because that accepts the white supremacist media narrative that this is the first time protests against capitalism have happened.
the point to me is that we are including THEM. WE laid the ground work for this moment in time with our bodies, communities, love and stregnth. WE created the critical analysis for this moment, WE created the models of resistance and transformative change, WE have been organizing for the past 500 years, and WE have been the ones organizing especially hard in the post-911 world—THEY are joining the rest of us. THAT is the point to me—to make sure the question does not get rewritten to “where are all the people of color” when we all know the real question is “where have the white folks been?”