@j_dorn: its been happening for decades because nobody has stood up. Now we're standing... stand with us.
@StrngeFruit: Don't get me wrong, in general, I do like #Occupy. But know that MANY stood before you, but have been bludgeoned into exhaustion
Ur best line: “We do represent the 99% - to the best of our ability. If we're doing something wrong, come give us a hand.”
..I think the reticence is less abt “you werent there, so we wont be either” & more abt “you werent there, so now we CANT”..
.. It’s not a vindictive response, it’s often just the only option people have..
..it’s a privilege 2 even be able 2 #occupy. Where are ur kids? Who is taking care of ur parents?..
..How is the cold affecting ur untreated TB? Who is waiting in line for u at social services?..
..But it is privilege to ‘not think of historical oppression’ when one doesnt live with its modern consaquences (eg. racially)..
..if Occupiers are truly willing to stand for those that cant, then perhaps trust will grow, bt it takes time 4 u 2 sound sincere..
…the fear is that this is another of many times someone says ‘Im for you,’ wanting support, without really following through..
..Don’t b indignant that folks who've been marginalized & exploited 4 causes for decades dont readily trust u…
..There are a lot of deep wounds that cannot be healed overnight (what relationship ever works like that?)..
..I truly hope folks can take a leap of faith and join on. But I understand why they would rather not..
..I don’t know u. Maybe ur as enlightened as u claim. So no matter what happens w #Occupy...
..I assume I can count on seeing u serving in the blighted neighborhoods of Columbus well into the future. I look forward 2 it..
I cant account for other pple’s rudeness—it isnt the right way but their attitude doesnt diminish the point itself, any more than previous lack of involvement changes ur points. Both remain valid, if poorly communicated. I have now told u what issue need to be addressed, so I am glad u can now work towards fixing it. Beyond general suggestions outlined here, Im happy 2 offer practical steps/advice addressing my specific thoughts.
I dont/I work:
And as @BDTSpelman describes, it’s like a moving sidewalk: if you stand still, you are moving with it. Instead, one must actively walk against it to reverse the flow. It is easily self-perpetuating. All that is required to maintain it, is business as usual…[when] pple dont disrupt unfair systems of privilege, theyre—willingly or unwillingly—on the moving sidewalk receiving White privilege and inadvertently enabling racism” It IS in fact our responsibility to work against that in an active way, and our fault when we dont. It is a continuous process, of course. No one ever ‘arrives.'
It is similar principle as what we r asking corporations to do. They could go on as is w status quo, but we r putting responsibility on them to activate change. Of course, some companies could argue that they themselves didn’t cause these issues & shouldnt be blamed/have to change it. But they still benefit & I believe there is a moral imperative 4 them 2 use their power to change it. I can help, but ultimately those w power have to actively let go of it (whether or not they asked 4 it in 1st place). Likewise for our own set of privileges
I hear ur frustration. U have made drastic changes that are all in the right direction. On the whole, it is really great what u have done. I am sure u r well ahead of the curve. Of course we can all always do more. I understand if u r tired. Perhaps this service is plenty 4 u right now. But doesn’t change that there is more. If that is frustrating, better to ignore outside opinion all together.
Thank you for ur patience and dialogue.