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  •  Honestly? (5+ / 0-)

    I'm having a difficult time verbalizing it.  We're all different folks, and not a collective mind, but there certainly is a vibe about OWS going through a lot of us in the AA community that is mixed, at best.  

    I haven't been on DKos much at all, mainly because the anti-Obama rage started taking on this personal, sometimes racist, edge that I expected from Tea Tards and not from Dems.  

    And to me, I'm looking at all the things he's been busting his ass at trying to do and wondering if some of these white folks thought he was a superhero who could eradicate hunger and fart justice.   It was almost like because he WAS the first black president he was held to a standard about twice as high as any of these folks held Clinton.  It's loyalty, yeah, but not just to the man.  It's loyalty because we've ALL been there.  We've ALL been hired by the 'progressive' boss who assesses us differently because of our race.  We've all been the 'feel good' scape goats for white guilt.  Even when I disagree with him - and I do... a lot...  It infuriates me to see these reactions from people who I thought better of.  

    So yeah. a lot to process.  Not very insightful, I know, but I'm trying to come up with a diary that makes sense of how a lot of us are feeling without belittling OWS and the concerns of others.

    by lollydee on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 07:06:00 PM PDT

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    •  Well, fair enough but (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't think this has anything to do with Obama. I'm an OWS supporter AND a supporter of the President, who I feel like is a good President as far as Presidents go (I'm not a big fan of the concept, to be honest; I think he's been better than the others). I feel like it's a nonpartisan issue. Which is why it's catching fire globally. The issue to me is simple: global capitalism is a problem and is screwing everyone over. The most prone to that will be the most marginalized members of society.

      I think there's a problem of diversity and inclusion though in the U.S. Movement, although I will also say that the two people whom I'm closest with who have been on the ground in NY are both VERY black! I say that in a joking tone because well, I don't know. One is a sort of surrogate brother to me, and we've talked about what he feels like being a black man in the U.S. for well over a decade of our friendship/soul-mate-ship. I also spoke a little with Denise Oliver-Velez, who is the BK editor, about this problem too. I don't know what the answer is though either. And I know that given that the movement is totally global, it's not a race-based issue. Although in the U.S. it could be that it's being underaddressed. Or maybe black folks are used to working their asses off and can't make it out in the same numbers? Although in NY, the diversity has been good, solid. In other places, like Atlanta, that was pretty pathetic. So what's going on there? I wondered about it.

      I'd like to hear from her and others who have voiced skepticism about Dr. West. I think the general vibe is he's self-appointed and has tokenized himself? But I don't know.  

      "This movement is not about the destruction of law, it is about the construction of law." - Julian Assange

      by mahakali overdrive on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 07:36:04 PM PDT

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