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Message to Occupy Movements from a White Male Writing on No One’s Behalf

Resistance is something the pacifist left hates.I have a piece of self-criticism about the subject of my writing on Occupy and my inexperience in organizing which can be found here. As I wrote in that piece, in relation to speaking about Occupy movements:

…since I have white male privilege on my side, chances are that more people will listen [to me] than if I were a woman, trans- or cis-gender, if I were a person of color, and many other things in our society that disempower others and thus [result] in empowering me. This is a huge part of what we are fighting.

So, as a reminder to myself as much as to anyone, I am a single person, with white male privilege, writing from a location of and perspective of relative isolation. In other words, these views and words are not intended to represent anyone except myself.
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A couple days ago I wrote a piece of alarmist propaganda raising the issue of infiltration by Ron Paul and Ayn Rand types into the Occupy movement.

While I stand by saying that these free-market capitalists should be given no quarter within the Occupy movements, it has come to my attention that the true enemy of the Occupy movements is an age-old enemy of uprising and revolution: liberal reformists, authoritarian self-appointed organizers, their “Peacekeeper” bullies/snitches, and anyone else trying to stifle opposition to the police and the use of civil disobedience in the movements. (It is absolutely amazing to me that most civil disobedience tactics are being disallowed in the Occupations of many cities because the particular tactics, such as taking the street, marching unpermitted, linking arms in the street and so on, are illegal.)

Due to my ignorance on the past roles of official Left/anti-war organizers/student leaders and similar groups in squashing uprising and revolution, I was unaware of what was in store for Occupy. Continue reading

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NJ Police Kill Unarmed Man–When Citizens Respond, Cops Squash the 1st Amendment

NJ Cops arrive on the scene to squash dissentWhereas the police violence at Occupy Wall Street has found its way into the mainstream press, this video depicts the struggle going on every single day against unchecked State repression in communities of color.

The victim of the police shooting is Barry Deloatch. Here is an announcement from Hub City Anti-Racist Action on his murder by police. I’ll write more on the subject of police shootings in the future, from Aaron Campbell to Oscar Grant, and all across the U.S.

This should be reposted where possible.

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White Privilege Rears its Ugly Head: 46% of Whites in U.S. Think They are Victims of Racial Discrimination

Tea Party Constitution Cartoon

In 1960, Non-Hispanic whites made up 85% of the U.S. population. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2050, Non-Hispanic whites will only comprise 46.3% of the population. As white privilege declines, we see more and more instances of whites mistaking growing racial equality (slowly-growing, if at all) and (all-too-slowly) shrinking white privilege for growing “discrimination” against us whites. This new study and report by the Brookings Institution and the Public Religion Research Institute provides an appalling insight into the pathology of a privileged majority whose power to oppress, be it loudly or subtly, with or without intent, is on the decline: Continue reading

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