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  •  Speculating here (2+ / 0-)
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    capelza, Nulwee

    One problem with people from the dominate culture (white people) joining a movement for oppressed people, is they start trying to interject leadership over the process, instead of following the rightful leadership. And they don't realize what they're doing, and the unfairness of it!  

    I'm judging this from my own observations, no more, so grain of salt and all.  

    •  That's no doubt true (3+ / 0-)
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      capelza, Nulwee, ozarkspark

      in such movements, probably more locally than nationally. There were all of 5 white kids in our NAACP Youth Council, I was the only one made an officer. Sec/Treas, only because I could add and subtract pretty well. We did do some marching, and got to learn more than I ever wanted to know about places (like the Best BBQ On The Planet) that wouldn't serve me because of the color of my skin...

      But that was back in the days of separate schools, bathrooms and drinking fountains. When MLK was assassinated we determined we needed a 'talking head', someone good in public who could do our community outreach for churches and civic clubs. The vote came in for the head of the HS debate team - incredible nerd who wore 3-piece suits to school and carried a briefcase (I kid you not), but who was the biggest Up-n-Comer in town. Yeah, we did manage to recruit him. And I ended up married to him...

      For NAs, I think there's a leftover handicap from very serious government-sponsored oppression going back all the way to when the first white guys landed. Growing up in Oklahoma, NAs were common members of the community and classmates in school because there are no reservations - just 'nations' that don't mean very much as far as real self-determination goes. It wasn't until my Mom got the counseling job at Talequah that I found out that NA kids from a thousand or more miles away were taken from their families and communities and sent off to hell-hole 'schools' in some crazy, doomed attempt to force them to assimilate (with WHAT?!). That one was in the very seat of the Western Band's national capital, and no Cherokee kids went to that school. They all went to regular schools along with everybody else in the area. Very weird...

      Thus many white people, even in a state with NAs so common hardly anybody noticed anymore, have no idea what Native Americans across the nation have to deal with in the name of anachronistic Manifest Destiny. Armed standoffs with federal agents on the rez is not a great way to teach them, nor is it a great way to earn freedom and equality. If those are desirable things to the oppressed, and that is still somewhat a mystery as well.

      Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

      by Joieau on Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 11:50:42 AM PDT

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