From:   Matthew Presto <>
Sent time:   Friday, October 07, 2011 2:17:29 PM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Proposal: Non-White Media Day

I don't think setting aside a single day will really be helpful and instead ends up tokenizing, but.. there's a good rule of thumb to follow, whether speaking to the media or participating in the General Assembly: if your voice has been disproportionately represented, then step back. 
This can happen in conjunction with (particularly whites and/or men) encouraging journalists to speaking to a wider diversity of voices. 


On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 4:08 PM, shaista husain <> wrote:
Micah, we are not trying to silence our white comrades, they don't
need to tell the media to talk to someone black--its nice if they do,
but that is not necessary--the official mainstream media just
automatically goes to white people first, because they take whiteness
as the dominant narrative. White people can talk blackness
themselves--this is tactics of subversion. This is the point--white
people are capable of speaking in solidarity with people of color and
expressing their multiculturalism--just like black people and
immigrants assimilate here in the US, white people can also assimilate
blackness, global justice, multiculturalism... as they are doing on
the ground day to day in this movement. We need to put
multiculturalism on the top of our media strategy no matter who
speaks. And also, allow the true factual diversity--impossible to
ignore--- to come to the i support your efforts!

On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM, Micah White <> wrote:
> Proposal: We pick one day in which everyone who speaks to the media at #OWS
> is not white. If the media try to talk to you, and you're white - then you
> tell them to talk to someone who is not white. Flood the world with images
> and words of non-white members of #OWS.
> Then we have one day where everyone is a woman, or one day where everyone is
> over 40 years old.