Read This. Seriously.
As the year 2011 ends, there are several good year-end reviews about racial justice, this video from Colorlines and this post from a David J. Leonard writing at New Black Man, are both excellent. We here at Racism Review offer this as our own brief, and necessarily incomplete, recap of some of the notable events in the struggle for racial justice. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end, there are some victories there, too ~ and a challenge for you at the end.
We lost some fierce champions and scholar-activists:
Lots of things happened in 2011 which illustrate just how entrenched racial inequality (still) is, including:
— President Obama, Obama on ‘Trickle Down’ Economics: ‘It Doesn’t Work, It Has Never Worked’
White privilege–which for those not familiar with the term–is the ability to do whatever you want whenever you want with whoever you want without having to think about it. It’s prejudice+access+power. Tim Wise, who has written and organized around white anti-racist politics for years, offers a useful definition that I like to use:
White privilege refers to any advantage, opportunity, benefit, head start, or general protection from negative societal mistreatment, which persons deemed white will typically enjoy, but which others will generally not enjoy. These benefits can be material (such as greater opportunity in the labor market, or greater net worth, due to a history in which whites had the ability to accumulate wealth to a greater extent than persons of color), social (such as presumptions of competence, creditworthiness, law-abidingness, intelligence, etc.) or psychological (such as not having to worry about triggering negative stereotypes, rarely having to feel out of place, not having to worry about racial profiling, etc.).
Newly minted frontrunner New Gingrich became the latest Republican to get “mic checked” by the Occupy movement at a campaign event in Jacksonville, Florida Thursday.
One tea party supporter agreed with Gingrich that the current 99 Percent protests were “destructive” to America.
"Do you have a directive — do you have a statement that you would make to that movement [as president]?" the man asked.
"There is a strain of hostile people on the left organized across the country who believe in trashing things, believe in destroying things," Gingrich replied. "Who do they think paid for the park they are sleeping in? Who do they thing paid for the bathroom they want to use? Who do they think paid for the food they’re eating?"
"America wasn’t created by people who woke up every morning saying, ‘You owe me,’" he continued. "I think we ought to confront them head on. The last point I’d make: Every city government has an absolute obligation to enforce the rule of law and to protect private property and, frankly, they ought to be filming these people, and every person who engages in violence ought be given a very long vacation from the streets in order to contemplate why in the future, they’re not going to engage in violence against fellow Americans. But none of them should be tolerated if they engage in violence against persons or property."
As the candidate was finishing his remarks, a group of protesters delivered their own message.
"Mic check!" a protester yelled.
"Mic check!" was the reply.
The activists began to chant something about “the 99 percent” before being drowned out by tea party supporters.
"Hold on," Gingrich told the crowd. "I want to answer you very directly. There is no such thing in America as 99 percent! We are 100 percent Americans! We are all part of America!"
via Crooks & Liars
If you have 8 minutes, watch this.
If you don’t have 8 minutes, wait until you do.
oh my god THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. he’s maybe a little angry. And this is exactly what I mean about the Seattle protests, and about -all- the protests. MAYOR BLOOMBERG: MASCOT OF OCCUPY WALL STREET.
If I could show this to my dad, I wonder what he’d say. I only hope to some ears these words ring true.
LOL@ “THAT GOD DAMN BATMAN MOVIE!”
So M was totally all OMG, they want to blame the government until the issue of racism and white privilege came up. Then it was all OMG if POC aren’t protesting then it’s THEIR FAULT NO ONE ELSE’S!
"Where are you getting your information from?"
FOOL, WHERE AREN’T YOU GETTING INFORMATION FROM!?
So the public sentiment is converging in support of the Occupy movement, just as mayors across America are kicking them out of their occupied sites. But it looks like it may make a difference in next year’s election. Of course, if the Dems win, we’ll have to fight them just as hard - maybe harder:
As Zuccotti Park’s protesters prepare for winter, determined to carry the Occupy Wall Street movement’s message through the cold season and beyond, a perfect political storm is forming that might help Democrats keep the White House in 2012 – despite stubbornly high unemployment and a frustratingly slow economic recovery.
The storm stems from the OWS movement’s growing popular appeal, as a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans (over three quarters) think the country’s current economic structure “favors a very small portion of the rich over the rest of the country” – echoing the protesters’ calls to reduce the power of major banks and end tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy.
The finding comes after a new census measure found that a new record number of Americans (49.1 million) now live in poverty, after accounting for rising medical costs and other expenses. In addition, a Congressional Budget Office study recently corroborated the historic exacerbation of the country’s income inequality (or widening gap between the so-called 1% and 99%). Both developments are likely to stir new debate over changes to Social Security, Medicare, and other programs that assist the poor as a congressional Super Committee approaches the November 23 deadline to make cuts of over $1 trillion to the federal budget.
via Crooks & Liars
Officer J. Traynor, One police officer’s reaction to Oakland/Denver