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Time We Looked Closer At Apparent Lack of Racial Participation
25 Apr 2002
Modified: 26 Apr 2002
When racial and sexual minorities don't involve themselves in our peace and justice-seeking communities, are we understanding the problem adequately? Are there insights that we're missing?
Note: I tried posting this directly to the article this is commenting on, but after two separate tries, it did not work; should I have waited longer?


I'm "white" myself (white is a color), and I have a theory about why we "white" people (as opposed to blacks, browns, reds and yellows) proliferate in news, political commentary and activism. And how we shouldn't "look the situation" only from the standpoint of our now giving enough room to other cultural and racial groups (I'm not even sure this way of framing the issue is the best way to promote diversity).

I do wonder if the racial situation is like the sex situation: more males involved than females.

And I wonder if males are usually more encouraged, in our status-quo oriented society (even the left is pretty oriented to status quo forms as having high value--like this "news" method), than females. Especially when one looks at the form in which "participation" (what it means to participate) in dissenting community is framed; and what set of norms such participation contains and perpetuates, and tends to disassociate from.

In my view, other groups, including racial, are not "normally" oriented to this form. Or they may be either involved in projects they perceive to be more crucial, or not enjoy being in the company of a *formula* for activism and participation which they feel uncomfortable with (i.e.: the allowances of "serious news writing", the angle to "speaking truth to power", the orientation of idealistic trust in current forms of democratic methods).

These are some of my intuitions, but I admit some alienation from regular connection with women and racial minorities (tho having limited background in both).

I wonder, anyway, if the whole topic needs to be broadened out and the complexities more carefully scrutinized...
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its about building connects
26 Apr 2002
i am not really sure if your talking about something general or on something specific, so to be quick...I think its about concretely building connections between issues. look at the A-20 protests in DC, definately the most racially diverse, age diverse and definately lots of active women involved. this is a starting point to building a strong, diverse movement. its about connecting up issues like the world bank, the war, civil liberties and palestine; for example.
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