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  •  I don't think there is that much of a problem (4+ / 0-)
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    with the critique of the institutions, for many Black people, except when it is done with little or no acknowledgement that everything that's wrong didn't happen within the last three years.

    I don't know. I've spent a fair bit of time over the past two months reading Black/Brown/Native people on Tumblr, Twitter, in the news and opinion pages and so on and I've seen few mention the critiquing of institutions (or Obama, for that matter) as the main issues that are preventing them from physically joining in with OWS or the others. Not that those aren't issues for some, but from my reading it is far more simply distrust of the movement itself, the lack of racial and historical analysis, the "occupy" term itself and, oh, bunches of stuff.

    And, of course, the lack of people to talk to about it, lol. I've tried, just in a raising awareness type thing, but get the "I'm not a spokesperson, no one is in charge, everyone can speak at the GAs" (which... you know, is great if they trust you enough to even enter your space; if not, then no) and so on... in other words, "Oh well, not my problem."

    So, we'll see how things work out.

    Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat. --Audre Lorde

    by Nanette K on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 06:07:02 PM PST

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