Monday, October 24, 2011

A Great Article on Whiteness in the Occupy Movement

I want to republish this article because I think it is really good and because my next post is in response to this so I think it is important to have the context.

Whiteness and the 99%
Submitted by bajin on Thu, 10/20/2011 - 00:11.
Tagged: Criticism and Response
This piece was written by Joel Olson, a member of BtR-Arizona, as a contribution to ongoing debates about the occupations taking place in the U.S

Whiteness and the 99%
By Joel Olson
Occupy Wall Street and the hundreds of occupations it has sparked nationwide are among the most inspiring events in the U.S. in the 21st century. The occupations have brought together people to talk, occupy, and organize in new and exciting ways. The convergence of so many people with so many concerns has naturally created tensions within the occupation movement. One of the most significant tensions has been over race. This is not unusual, given the racial history of the United States. But this tension is particularly dangerous, for unless it is confronted, we cannot build the 99%. The key obstacle to building the 99% is left colorblindness, and the key to overcoming it is to put the struggles of communities of color at the center of this movement. It is the difference between a free world and the continued dominance of the 1%.

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You really need to read it to understand what I am responding to.

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