In the Jazz community (at least in Nashville), if someone attempts a solo on a song but doesn’t quite pull it off, people say “I dig what you’re tryin’ to play”.
That’s exactly how I feel about Occupy Wall Street. I love what they are trying to do. I’m all for protesting corporatism. I’m against the big banks and the assholes on Wall Street. I’m for grassroots organization.
However, I’m not for male-centric, ‘white’ protests. And that’s what Occupy is.
To quote from an Alternet article:
Eventually, Occupy Wall Street will have to deal with how differences of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship complicate their movement culture and policy goals. Diversity can be an asset; it can also make for real difficulties in getting self-interested, albeit well-intentioned, agents to work together towards a common goal.
Like their intellectual fore bearers in the American Communist Party in Harlem circa 1930, some on the Left, the most orthodox and doctrinaire types especially, will insist that the Occupy Wall Street movement is all about class and not race. Moreover, from their perspective, any talk about race is a distraction from more “important” issues.
This is a dangerous and problematic script where even among Progressives and the Left, white (male) privilege threatens to win out, even as the participants in Occupy Wall Street wrap themselves in the power of the “human microphone.”
White liberals and white conservatives are both infected by white supremacy and white privilege. In addition, both are invested in the white racial frame and a type of racial heliocentrism where “whiteness” equals normality: in this aspect, I have long suggested that white liberals and white conservatives differ only in how the disease that is white racism manifests itself.
This suggestion offends liberals, because to them, racism is a particular sin of their ideological adversaries–and being politically correct on matters of race is a badge to be worn and a flag flown with (oftentimes) smug moral superiority over others who are not as “enlightened.”
By comparison, conservatives react with a mix of defensiveness and aggression as they default to a tired script of white victimology, where in the Age of Obama, anti-racism is the new racism; ironically, for racially resentful white conservatives in particular, the act of naming a thing for what it actually is becomes the greater sin.
In all, white conservatives and white liberals both imagine themselves to be the natural masters of the universe. Liberals are ashamed of this fact. Conservatives revel in it. What will happen to the Occupy Wall Street Movement when black and brown folks assert the relevance of their own experiences? When they/we/us grab the human microphone and take center stage?
“In all, white conservatives and white liberals both imagine themselves to be the natural masters of the universe. Liberals are ashamed of this fact. Conservatives revel in it. What will happen to the Occupy Wall Street Movement when black and brown folks assert the relevance of their own experiences? When they/we/us grab the human microphone and take center stage?”
honey. men period. the hierarchy of occupy goes something like this -> white males, males, white women, women of color, then maybe transgendered (because hell if you aren’t open about your trans status you are generally treated by your skin color) occupy has this issue where a lot of self involved people come around and don’t honor individuals as individuals. white males are pissed because they are being treated like black people, and instead of acknowledging that, they instead scream “what about me” “this is unamerican” but what they mean is its unamerican when it happens to white people. when it happens to black and brown people (especially women) its just the way of the world. one way to look at it is that the occupy movement which consists solidly of white males wants to take back their land (looks around) who’s land? Native American’s land maybe? is that what you meant? take back THEIR government? because it sure as hell was never people of color’s government. See these are the issues. its still some white upholding shit. its not equality upholding or awareness raising. its just a bunch of privilege people pissed off because their whiteness isn’t buying them the same goods as before. now their whiteness only allows marginal privileges. OWS needs to actively address its privilege AND its anger that didn’t exist when this shit was happening to other people. being disenfranchised sucks, but it sucks EVEN MORE when you let us know that you don’t care until it happens to YOU. that’s what being disenfranchised is about in the space of OWS. its like “look at how this makes us close because now i know what it feels like to be harassed by the police. the police are bad!” “look at how i can relate because i can’t get a job either, corporations are bad” “look at how we are so much alike because my student loans are out of control, banks are bad” and its like take ALL THE SEATS, because you didn’t give a flying fuck when this was happening to my people and my forefathers while you got to expound on these privileges and live it up. now I’m supposed to hold hands with you because you can relate? when we both know that at the end of this they will appease you and yours and leave mine out in the dust. Bacon’s rebellion ain’t new. we know the ending of this story. our fight is our fight, and we know you aren’t up there giving a fuck about us. you’re mad because you are being mistaken for us. you are being vilified by the media, you are being cut out of the privileges you had before… that we never had.
OWS, it looks pretty, until you realize its covered in herpes.
[The young black males are] shuttled into prisons, branded as criminals and felons, and then when they’re released, they’re relegated to a permanent second-class status, stripped of the very rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement — like the right to vote, the right to serve on juries, the right to be free of legal discrimination and employment, and access to education and public benefits. Many of the old forms of discrimination that we supposedly left behind during the Jim Crow era are suddenly legal again, once you’ve been branded a felon.
In her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, legal scholar Michelle Alexander writes that many of the gains of the civil rights movement have been undermined by the mass incarceration of black Americans in the war on drugs. (via nprfreshair)
and america is the prison capital of the world. the world. more people in prison than china, cuba, south america. with the most people of color imprisoned you would think that people of color commit the most crimes? nope.OR that they are caught more frequently. on the contrary, PoC are just tried more frequently. now aint that some racist shit. white people are literally exempt from the same legal system that rapes you and never lets you forget it. and of course they are… they created the legal system. it only makes sense who would be exempt from it.
fuck.americas.legal.system.with.aids. (and the people who benefit from it at the oppression of others)