How important is the 99%'s diversity
December 4, 2011 10:23 PM Subscribe
Elon James White writes that "Police brutality experienced by the movement is nothing new in the black community". His article is very explicit about supporting the movement, but he says "There have been discussions as to why there aren't more blacks involved in the Occupy movement. I can't speak for all of them, but I can speak about what I've read and the folks I've talked to directly about this. The type of outrage that pops up now at what many of us have lived with on a regular basis for years feels insulting."
Writing in a more personal, blog-posting style, Hena Ashraf records things like this:
"At the general assembly a document was introduced called `The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City'."
"I, Thanu, Sonny, Manissa, and Natasha felt that some language needed to be urgently changed. [...] The line was: `As one people, formerly divided by the color of our skin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or lack thereof, political party and cultural background, we acknowledge the reality: that there is only one race, the human race, and our survival requires the cooperation of its members...'
"The first major concern amongst us was that the phrase `formerly divided by' was unrealistic, and erased histories of oppression that marginalized communities have suffered. The second concern was that the `human race' language also felt very out of touch."
This posting, by Manissa McCleave Maharawal, might be from the same Manissa referenced above:
"I first went down to Occupy Wall Street last Sunday, almost a week after it had started. I didn’t go down before because I, like many of my other brown friends, were wary of what we had heard or just intuited that it was mostly a young white male scene."
"there were a lot of young white kids. But there weren’t only young white kids. There were older people, there were mothers with kids, and there were a lot more people of color than I expected, something that made me relieved."
"A lot was said at the anti-patriarchy meeting about in what ways the space of the occupation was a safe space and also not. Women talked about not feeling comfortable in the drum circle because of men dancing up on them and how to change this, about how to feel safe sleeping out in the open with a lot of men that they didn’t know, about not-assuming gender pronouns and asking people which pronouns they would prefer."
There are more articles about OWS, focusing on race/gender/etc..., here.
This post was deleted for the following reason: I appreciate that you came back around for another go at pulling together sources on this, but the personal-thoughts stuff you've got mixed in here is basically a total no-go for a post to the front page. -- cortex
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