|RACISTS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN|
I will also add that since that time I have been in contact with another of those mentioned and I have tried to make it clear to SCISSION readers and others that they now completely understand the errors of the original comments. I have also tried to make it clear that while I will continue to strongly oppose what those comments imply politically, I do not feel that any of those involved or the Kansas City IWW are racists. I have called and will renew my call for people to halt the emails to them. Again, they get it. They are sorry. Won't happen again.
Unfortunately, I do have to add here that while they get it, others unrelated to them, still don't. I am still having arguments with people from that site who still think everyone, and I mean everyone, should be invited. Mostly, they boil down to one of two arguments. Either they think it is best to have these folks around so "we" can talk them out of their racism with reasoned discussion, or it is the old "lowest common denominator" approach. You know, find the one thing "we" can all agree on and worry about the rest later. I ADAMANTLY REJECT BOTH ARGUMENTS. They are simplistic, naive, and down right dangerous.
There are, of course, also Ron Paul folks all over especially one of the two Kansas City Occupy facebook sites...and they have their own agenda. They are big defenders of let everyone come and join. Well, I take that back. They don't want any commies or socialist involved. I believe it is another gross error to include Ron Paul supporters, for all the obvious reasons, as legitimate members or participants in any OCCUPY group.
This sentiment of letting EVERYONE who expresses any sort of anti-corporate feeling participate as allies, is NOT confined to Kansas City. Neither are the Paul supporters You can find it and them all around the country at various Occupy groupings.
All that said what you will read below comes directly from the web page of One People's Project (one of, if not the best, anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-nazi sites around. You should check it out.
Brianna Holmes-Burton, Kansas City IWW
"KansasCity Iww Occupations, please do not fall for divide and conquer tactics! this is not about partisan politics, this is about class solidarity among the 99%. Tea Party members are part of the 99%. If we reject each other based on political affiliation, we will fail. We need to focus on what we have in common as 99% of the world population who is suffering at the hands of the 1%. Find one demand that we can all embrace. It is there. Find it. Turn no one away. Explain to the racists why race is not the problem, explain to liberals why the Tea Party is not the problem, explain to conservatives why Obama is not the problem. Tell everyone, the 1% is the problem. We are the 99%"
Also, on a personal note, I do not condone racism or any other similar forms of hate in any way whatsoever. That was not my intent in any shape, form or fashion.
I am so sorry.
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