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    loud and clear. An organization will not generally diversify unless its leaders want to diversify.  And Kos's leaders, with a few notable exceptions, have made it clear that a commitment to diversity is not a priority. As always, that saddens me because I feel it undercuts an organization's power, reach and effectiveness and the American progressive movement needs as much of all three as it can muster.

    The demographics are against a thriving progressive movement if it's majority white.  African Americans are the most progressive demographic in the country and without you all, the Democrats won't be able to keep carrying elections. The Latino vote is getting more liberal (especially among the young) and more anti-Republican because of the Republican stance on the immigration issue. But instead of rallying those communities and creating a welcome space at the table, I see increasing repetition of right-wing-spawned racist memes in the white progressive movement, white disdain for voters of color, white neglect of voting issues in communities of color (felon disfranchisement, redistricting, voter fraud), and, worst of all, the perpetuation of a "white victim" mentality that used only to be parroted by dittoheads.

    The whole thing reminds me far too much of the Populist Movement's downfall (1880s-1890s), when the rich southerners who took over the Democratic Party successfully played on white poor and working class fantasies of racial superiority and got them to vote for disfranchisement policies that, in the end, barred far more white southerners than black southerners from participating in the electoral process.  Few people know that the group most benefited by the Civil Rights Voting Act were exactly that group of disfranchised whites.

    "If you fake the funk, your nose will grow." -- Bootsy Collins

    by hepshiba on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 07:07:24 AM PDT

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