For real. Occupy wants to get all over Idle No More, I guess they see it as sexy somehow? Or easily co-optable? (Won’t be.) Cause at least in my experience & many, many others, the LAST thing they wanted was POC voices, let alone POC leadership.
There are a lot of readers who pride themselves on not paying attention to the identities of their favorite writers. Some of them think this means they’re not prejudiced. I don’t know anyone who isn’t, myself included. But let’s say for argument’s sake that those particular readers in fact are not prejudiced. How many books by writers of color do you think you’ll find on their bookshelves? I’d lay odds that if there are any at all, they will be far outnumbered by the books by white authors. Not necessarily because those readers are deliberately choosing mostly white/male authors. They don’t have to. The status quo does it for them. So those readers’ self-satisfied “I don’t know” is really an “I don’t care enough to look beyond my nose.”
And that’s cool. So many causes, so little time. But don’t pretend that indifference and an unwillingness to make positive change constitute enlightenment.
Myth Number 9: If we had class-based affirmative action, we wouldn’t need race-based affirmative action.
Racial and economic disadvantages in education are deeply intertwined, but that doesn’t mean the racial disadvantages can be reduced to class.
Because of residential segregation, even when a Black and a white family have the same household income, it’s very likely that the Black family’s children go to far worse schools. The “war on drugs” has led to an all-out assault on Black communities in particular. And in the current era—to quote sociologist Matt Desmond, commenting on his study of evictions in Milwaukee—“eviction is for Black women what incarceration is for Black men.” It should be obvious that these processes have a tremendous effect on children.
Moreover, the most important dimensions of class—wealth, not income—are the hardest to account for in college admissions, especially when it comes to ensuring racial justice.
One reason wealth is harder to measure is that many government programs are designed to make sure the poor—as opposed to the rich—don’t get benefits they don’t qualify for. One result is that it is generally easy to verify whether someone is officially living in poverty, but not always whether another family has been living paycheck to paycheck, while still another with the same income has valuable assets.
Holy shit what a beautiful study
Sometimes I feel like my 20s are spent trying to rewind all the aggressive assimilation that I attempted in my teens. Spent too many years obsessed with the pursuit of appearing more “American”.
“It is a Catch-22. The problem is, that you struggle with and I’ve had all my life, that you don’t get so deep into the theatrics that you lose the cause. Or that you’re so elitist in the cause that you forget you gotta attract people.” -Reverand Al Sharpton, on Occupy Wall Street
“The American people need to be reminded that it took a law to get seat belts in the cars, it took a law to get airbags in the cars, it took a law to get the mileage up from 12 to 20 miles per gallon.” -S. David Freeman, interviewed in the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?”