|Re: Stay protected And connected during these times||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Liz Brown (lbrown1250gmail.com)|
|Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2020 11:11:03 -0700 (PDT)|
if you asked such a question to POC, they might politely suggest you MYOB, but INSIDE they’d be screaming, Why aren’t YOU?!!! A better question would be, how are you feeling? Not out of curiosity, but out of a desire to support. There are many resources on the web and POC are sick and tired of asking us to educate them.(title of a recent art show here: “I Am Not Your Mammy) It’s better that we white people do our own work. SURJ is a good place to start > On Jun 4, 2020, at 2:00 PM, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] > cohousing.org> wrote: > >> Ironically, our residents of color have not been active in this, and I >> hesitate to directly ask them why not. Do you have residents of color, and >> if so what if anything do they have to say on the matter? > > We have residents of color but I wouldn’t ask them, or anyone else, why they > aren’t participating in demonstrations. I’m a great protester but not a > public-demonstrations-in-the-street person. It makes me feel silly. And bored > — why am I wasting my time? > > And at the first threat of violence, I would be gone. I would not be standing > there waiting for someone—the police or the rioters—to bash me over the head > or knock me down and trample over me. Taking advantage of chaos to steal > televisions and burn the small businesses that are the life of the > neighborhood is something I would without question jump in to stop—and also > be dead quite soon. > > Demonstrations can also turn dangerous—particularly if you are black, or even > close to black. Those identified as black are in danger on all sides in an > unorganized, heated demonstrations. Even if the occasion is not physically > dangerous, as a peaceful demonstrator are putting yourself in the way of > every crazy, stupid, angry person who has come out to watch a riot. No riot? > Let’s make one. The verbal assault is numbing. > > I have two children. One white and one black. I would not want my black child > to participate in a protest against anything. The white one, no fear. In one > case I could trust their ability to navigate a difficult situation and in the > other, no chance to escape the irrational, extremist behavior. > > There are many ways to protest inequality. Public and private. Marching and > writing. Protesting and teaching. Talking and embodying. > > The relationship between President Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King is a > good example. They conducted private conversations throughout the Civil > Rights Movement of the early 1960s. The person expert in changing legislation > using their position of authority in the white community and the revered > Christian leader who had equal respect and authority in the black community > worked together to bring change. > > Sharon > ---- > Sharon Villines > Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC > http://www.takomavillage.org > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > >
- Where to start in developing a community, (continued)
Re: Stay protected And connected during these times Sharon Villines, June 4 2020
- Re: Stay protected And connected during these times Liz Brown, June 4 2020
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