Sent time:   Friday, October 07, 2011 2:39:22 PM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Proposal: Non-White Media Day

I think the idea is a decent one, but certainly can't be the entirety of our efforts. (It's a gimmick, but gimmicks are not necessarily bad.)



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From: shaista husain <>


Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 16:22:19

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Subject: Re: [september17discuss] Proposal: Non-White Media Day


So how do we spread this strategy to the movement at large? This is

not something you can impose, you can't impose silence on anyone, i am

against that and i doubt it will be productive. The goal is to

increase multiculturalism grassroots pro-actively on the ground and be

careful about all issues of representation in the larger media. We

must bring some proposals for multiculturalism to the General Assembly

and have it address once and for all a statement about

multiculturalism. Our media team has to put forth more people of color

voices and send that out to all media outlets.


On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 4:17 PM, Matthew Presto <> wrote:

> 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.

> Matt


> 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.

>> >