How sad that this site only talks about race when there is an extreme outside threat, like Nazis.
Here's the deal, Indymedia was racist before the Nazis showed up. And it wasn't a malcious or concious thing, but something that comes from being a white person in a society that never challenges white people to think hard about race.
Has it occured to anyone that people of color/racialized activists were not really posting about their issues on Portland Indymedia even before this issue?
Does anyone else recognize that by allowing all these Nazi's to post under this hollow and sad "Free Speech" banner we are only silencing people of color and further making this page hostile to their issues? Hello?
Here's how it breaks down:
US society is based on privilege, privilege is accorded to men, whites, straights, elites at the Expense of women and trannies, people of color, queers, workers and the poor.
Whiteness like the other privileges, makes white people like me assumptive and oblivious. Assumptive in thinking that our ways of organzing, holding demonstrations, and creating alternative news wires are "Normal". We assume that what is news to the middle class, white activist scene is news to Everyone, including people of color. This means that when working class and poor whites, and people of color want to participate, they have to conform to our Normal Newswire by not talking about race and class discrimination that they face everyday. Its just not something that's comfortable to do, or accepted.
All issues we work on impact people of color more severely then whites, but how many campaigns actually talk about race oppression in the US? how many Indymedia posts did before the Nazis?
We whites can only be actively building a multiracial movement for justice when we build relationships with people of color that are open to hearing about their personal experiences of racism and when we as whites make race central to our organizing as well.
There is no such thing as an issue that is not racialized.
People of color are ALWAYS impacted worst by each issue you can think of.
The problem is that whiteness hurts white people by making us mostly oblivious to racial oppression in the US cuz we don't have to deal with it on a daily basis. So we don't racialize our news, or our issues. White activists looove to say that race doesn't matter, that everyone is exactly equal.
I also heard from a friend who attended the Indymedia meeting on racism that the Indymedia collective is all men.
I think that effects this. How sad that so many people are in favor of free speech at the expense of creating a hostile environment for people of color.
But in the end, its not like this is a big venue for people of color activism news anyway.
But in the white activist community we would never tell a feminist group that gender doesn't matter that everyone is exactly the same, no, we believe that women experience specific forms of social oppression. But because we don't have to deal with race, we are privilieged racially.
its time to wake up and take a stand against the hate posts. those of you who promote free speech at the expense of silencing others should be ashamed. this means you indymedia, especially.