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  •  cyronaut - you have a point (13+ / 0-)

    But if you are correct, I think it's important to delve into the reasons for the lack of shared interest. I've considered your suggestion and think the lack of shared interest is rooted in the pressures or lack of pressures each group is challanged with in life. For example, it would be unthinkable for me to pour my energy into a direct action opposing fracking if I'm at risk of losing my parents to deportation. Here's another -- if I my little brother has been in the SHU for 2 yrs, I'm not going to be thinking about too many other issues other than eradicating mass incarceration.  People of color -- particularly blacks and Latinos are in crisis. Obama talked about the "urgency of now" which was an apt phrase taken from a Rev. Jeremiah Wright sermon. That describes the disconnect between our communities.

    •  It is usually environmental issues (4+ / 0-)
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      that most visibly reveal the divide. You can sit in your quite leafy all white suburb and worry about endangered species and climate change without having to confront the lives of the many different people that are considerably more difficult and complicated than yours.

      Progressive is a vague term that leaves room for a wide array of interests, but there are supposed to be some core values in it about civil liberties and human dignity. That is not just a matter of having different priorities.

    •  pretty much agreed (0+ / 0-)

      The groups have very different class and race based pressures. That is a great point. But how do whites bridge that gap without seeming to just throw crumbs at the blacks and latinos?

      The issues most important to blacks and latinos are to many whites just academical, and you can feel it in their writing about those issues.

      •  It requires sharing power (3+ / 0-)
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        unless and until whites can step down from leadership roles and allow themselves to be followers then it won't be done. The women's movement is an example of starting off very inclusive then gradually becoming a movement of upper middle class white women to the point that most women of color dropped out and formed their own groups which parsed power.

      •  thanks for asking this important question (1+ / 0-)
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        cryonaut

        to begin to answer it I think one must first explore why certain issues resonate while others don't -- especially when the issues deal with survival. I think this question deserves a better answer than I'm able to give at the moment. I'm going to spend more time on it and perhaps turn this answer into another post. But I will say that my full answer will be related to what Dr. Martin Luther King called - the lack of empathy for the suffering of others

      •  I think one way to do this (0+ / 0-)

        is to start pointing out how these issues have an impact on white society as a whole, but the real issue is that by helping to resolve these issues doesn't mean the demise of the white race.  That's what the right pushes day in and day out.

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