|From:||shaista husain <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Sent time:||Saturday, October 15, 2011 3:41:30 AM|
|Subject:||Re: [september17discuss] Fellow white dudes|
So cute, Jon, i don't think the media loves white dudes, its just that
most white dudes have a serious disconnect with people of color. NOT
all, of course, i know some white dudes that can put anyone to shame.
I think this little vanity trip should be deconstructed.
Whiteness is the ballerina image. It signifies the desires of white
dude. That image has been up for so long, its time to decenter
yourselves but for reasons to celebrate, don't think if you are not in
the media that people won't love you anymore===no need for jealousy...
its deeper than that. It is a race and class issue.
Let me give you an example. Remember Rae Abilae from CODEPINK when she
went in all by herself to protest against Netanyahu? She did disrupt
with an effective propoganda of the deed. It worked! But let's say i
did that same thing. With my name and my looks, i would have been shot
in the head without a blink or sent to guantanamo bay without due
process, i would NOT have been considered a HEROIC act===every
newspaper in the world would have said "TERRORIST ATTACK by lone
So black people may not even want to do civil disobedience, they may
be far more non violent than you--but the stereotype is FOR REAL and
the police repression is for real. The economic injustice is for real.
Until we defend people of color and their efforts ---white dudes will
continue in this delusional vanity---nothing will change. So please
--you don't have to disappear if the media comes to you---you can and
should criticize the racist media as a white dude, you are more than
able to dismantle racism and teach other white people, who probably
would listen to you easier. Thank you my white dude allies, i love
On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 5:06 AM, Jon Good <email@example.com> wrote:
> Dear fellow occupiers who happen to identify as white and male,
> The media loves us. The media is owned by white dudes, and most of the
> producers and editors are white dudes too, and so when their news teams are
> out at our occupation and our marches, they go straight for the white dudes
> to get interviews and quotes. The result of the disproportionate
> representation of white dudes in the media makes the occupation looks way
> whiter and more manly than it actually is. This imaging makes us seem less
> legitimate in the eyes of non-white non-dudes, because, unfortunately, it
> makes it seem like our opinions matter more than theirs do. The majority of
> New Yorkers are not white dudes, and this occupation cannot succeed without
> the support, participation, and of that majority.
> Therefore, I would like to ask my fellow white dudes to help me in fixing
> this misguided crush that cameras and reporters have on us. Tomorrow,
> October 15, will be a huge media day. When you get approached by the media
> for a comment or a shot, I'd like you to join me in re-directing media
> people to talk to people who aren't white dudes instead.
> This can be done completely blatantly by telling a reporter something like
> "I'm sorry, please find someone who's not a white dude and interview them",
> or more subtly with a "I'm not really the best person to be talking to, but
> this is ______, and she can do a better job answering your questions than I
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