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Monday, October 24, 2011

Whiteness And The 99% - Joel Olson - #OWS Day 38

Revolution of the Mind
Image from American Damn

[Update: Chris Hedges, Occupiers Have to Convince the Other 99 Percent:
The occupation movement’s greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color.
]

Yesterday's FDL liveblog continues, update coming: Live Blog for #OWS: The Struggle Over Park Space in America

Joel Olson (emphases in the original):
No one is opposed to good schools, safe neighborhoods, healthy communities, and economic security for whites. The problem is that in the white democracy, whites often enjoy these at the expense of communities of color. This creates a distorted mindset among many whites: they praise freedom yet support a system that clearly favors the rich, even at the expense of poor whites...

The roots of left colorblindness lie in the white democracy and the distorted mindset it creates. It encourages whites to think that their issues are “universal” while those of people of color are “specific.” But that is exactly backwards. The struggles of people of color are the problems that everyone shares...

This is the sinister impact of white democracy on our movements. It encourages a mindset that insists that racial issues are “divisive”
when they are at the absolute center of everything we are fighting for.

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