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African Americans Under-represented at PDX Rally

It seems that there were very few African Americans at the rally - the principle group disenfranchised in the stolen election.
I had a great time at the Portland rally, but I really thought it could have been a lot more powerful if we had made a greater effort to reach out to our brothers and sisters of color.

I realize that the event was thrown together in a few days (and since I didn't do any work to organize, I have only myself to blame), but just a quick thought for next time.

Peace, solidarity.
Efforts 21.Jan.2001 18:06


we can say this about almost any action in Portland, nation-wide really.

i see great coallitions between races being built in NE and N portland by parents who are outraged at the poor quality of their schools in relation to other neighborhoods in Portland, as was briefly related here in conjunction with the MLK rally. (we need to hear more about this important issue!)

I see promise in how they are working together, spearheaded by members of the black community.

We can learn a lot from them.

How to get more people of color involved?

Efforts 22.Jan.2001 02:01

Bill Limner

> How to get more people of color involved?

Just let them know that they would be welcomed and safe.
Maybe if you know of a good speaker (educators, preachers,
etc.) perhaps encourage them to stop by the next event.
I don't think the idea of being "summoned" or "obtained"
would rest too easily.

I was in the middle of the riots in L.A. eight years ago,
and all that followed before and after that. If you fear
police brutality, domination by corporate interests,
disenfranchisement, or erosion of civil liberties,
consider that it can be an order of magnitude worse.
I would not be surprised if disallusionment runs pretty
darn deep there. They have plenty to say, but the price
is sometimes higher for them.

For example, consider the recent episode of the black
caucus wishing to address the congress, but being unable
to because Not One senator would give them the okay to
speak. What message does this send?

Also, I think if you scratch below the surface, you may
find Oregon to be a surprisingly racist place... I have
found myself a bit apalled at some things I hear people
say that would *not* go over at all in Los Angeles. And
the media portrail of "the violent anarchists" sort of
draws the feel of a parallel to "the skinhead movement"
of the late eighties. So there may also be some built-in
fear that would take some dedication to overcome.

Anyway, to sum up - it should be their own decision to come.
Make them feel welcome, avoid being patronizing, and
realize that the solution they're after is more in your
hands than theirs.

What do you think?

A long-lasting relationship 22.Jan.2001 11:31

a white kid

I'm just learning and guessing, like the others on this page, but my suspision is that white folks need to do more to build trust with people of color -- especially African-Americans. I, for one, only go to rallies that I think my friends and aquaintances will be at. I assume something similar for most other people. So, if all the organizers of an event are white, and they have mostly white friends and neighbors, will the turn-out at an event be racially diverse?
That is to say, we who have white-skin priviledge need to build personal relationships with people of color, as well as ongoing organizational ties. Say, for instance, that you go to all the (p. o. c.-led) Education Crisis Team rallies. Try to make friends with the folks there. Keep up the relationship, and make sure you invite them personally to the next event you organize.
Just a suggestion for one step in a long, long process.