i can't say that i know why people who don't fit into the exclusive amerikkkan club called whiteness don't often show up to demonstrations or pay attention to organizations created or dominated by "white" people, but i think i can understand why a non-white person would not want to show to a demo or meeting just so that they could be treated as less important than the "white" members. It seems to me that as "white" people we want everyone to confrom to our ideas and ways of doing things and anyone who has different ideas, whether political or not, is viewed as inferior, or at least, is ignored. Can activists / organizers just march into a community they know little about and expect people to jump right into their organizations and carry their banner with conviction...i doubt it. i imagine that many people care about whats going but dont have the time and / or resources to mass organize. We are currently in a pretty bad economic recession which has deeply affected this whole community, but usually these recesssions are felt much, much harder in poorer communities, which are predominantly populated by non-whites (this being no accident). Yes i know many radical white people live in these areas to, but only because they want to-- besides its cool to pretend to be poor-- especially being an anarchist (i am an anachist myself). Besides, why would a person who usually gets no or little respect from a "white" person in daily life want to go and hang out with "white" people when they dont have to only to have their opinions / ideas (and communities) ignored, and have to be active in a way acceptable to white people otherwise would be ostracized by the group. i think there are many reasons why all of these demonstrations and organizations are being ignored by non-white people, i can't or do not claim to know them all or even to fully understand any of the reasons, but i think i can take a pretty good guess. Also, its interesting how "white" people (yes, even activists) seem to ignore these communities they so desperately want apart of their organizations / activities until they have a need for them. Besides, people can organize themselves, and in fact, the radical Black movement in the 60's is what rocked this whole nation. "White" people always talk about the 60's and how intense it was, but they are almost always referring to the radical white movements. i am sure that some "white" organizations in the 60's were somewhat effective, but they must have not been that threatening since i have never heard of one of them being targeted and assinated by the U$ government, such as members of the Black Panthers or the American Indian Movement were. Please note that i am not saying we should not try to bridge the gap, but maybe we need to think over what exactly our true intentions are.
The solution...i dont know. i think all we can do is put our ideas out there. If people are interested in what we are doing they will take the necessary actions that they sit fit. i am sure there are many organizations out there who are fighting against the things that effect their communities on a daily basis, but since they are organizing on their own terms we ("whites") refuse to acknowledge these efforts and/or condemn them as ineffective. i would say that a major problem that plagues us as a people from uniting is "white" people's refusal or inability to recognize what drives us apart, and that of course being our racist / white supremacist undertones that were and continue to be pounded into us. Until we on a mass scale begin to recognize and challenge white supremacy we are only helping to perpetuate it. This brings us to another problem, this is a really difficult area to work with (white supremacy) because as "white" people we don't see it until we begin to understand it, and this takes a lot of work and putting ourselves in ackward, and many times, vulnerable situations, which most people are not willing to do.
These are just my observations and i have so much more to try and understand, maybe you want to join me in this task? If so contact my email address and lets put together a group of people who want to analyse the hell out of this and see what we can do about it.