From:   Liliana Gomez <liligomez13@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Saturday, October 15, 2011 10:20:20 AM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Cc:   owsoutreach@gmail.com
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Fellow white dudes
 

Thank you White Dude for recognizing this and being proactive....

LG

On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 5:06 AM, Jon Good <therealjongood@gmail.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 can.

Solidarity,

Jon

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