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  •  Institutionalized Racism & (in my case) Sexism (3+ / 0-)
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    joe wobblie, AoT, Mannie

    We must stop institutionalized racism and sexism, or we will never have Class Unity.

    That's why I am a strong supporter of affirmative action.

    Those guys would have never let me or my African American Union Brothers into the IUOE without affirmative action forcing the issue.

    After 3 or 4 years on the job, they didn't mind me being there as much. They said,"That broad has balls!

    And most of them got used to working with an African American also. In fact, they helped him become an Operator (from a Laborer) and got his brother hired on also.

    None of us are "privileged" to work in construction no matter our sex or race. Yes, there was much about it that I liked, but it's dirty and dangerous work. But even if we die, the Contractor profits. That is what I call privilege.

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

    by JayRaye on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 05:50:09 PM PDT

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    •  For the working class to organize (3+ / 0-)
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      BlackBandFedora, JayRaye, Mannie

      And I should really call it the working poor, because that's the real working class.  But, for the working class to organize and unite as a class the first thing that needs to happen is that us white folks need to pay attention when people of color tell us about how racism works.  And I think I know what you're getting at with what you're saying, but I have a problem with it because it gives white people an excuse to ignore racism instead of dealing with racism.  

      And we need to deal with racism for two reasons.  First and foremost because it's wrong and oppressive and we want to end oppression.  And secondly because it is what keeps us from uniting to end oppression.  

      You should check out what these folks have been doing in regards to confronting racist assumptions that poor white folks have.  Their work in AZ has been frankly inspiring.  I know they're from the circle A crowd, but the way that they made a connection between speed cameras and border control is incredible.

      There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 11:35:14 PM PDT

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    •  My brother makes over $100,000 a year (3+ / 0-)
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      JayRaye, Mannie, LSophia

      and has a retirement account worth over a million dollars. He carries two cards operating engineer and painter and never served as an apprentice. These are highly sought after and he got them in a corrupt manner. Of course we had to pay a bribe to some officials but only connected white guys could do that.

      My father grew up in Northern Ireland during WWII. He had relatives in Belfast. Now Belfast at that time was a major industrial center with two major factories. Shorts Aircraft which built Spitfires and Harland and Wolff the shipbuilders. To get a job here you had to be a member of the Orange Order. If you were Catholic you could not get hired. There were guys who would clock in at both factories at the same time and then go home for the day, drawing a paycheck, actually two, and do no work and sit at home. That is called Protestant privledge.

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