The following attack is on behalf of no one other than myself. I have no intention of representing anyone and their beliefs, ideas, or feelings.
There was a "ROCK Against Racism" that i attended(and helped flyer for)this past Saturday held at the Cascade campus of PCC. Rock Against Racism. Rock Against WHITE SUPREMACY.
No one showed up. Why? I am so fucking disgusted at the extremely low turn out that i officially, as of now, refuse to work with anyone from Portland's white activist scene. I saw hundreds of flyers around town. I saw this event posted on Indymedia for days. I saw people handing out hundreds of flyers at the anti-Bush demo. Kboo announced it. What the fuck???
Oh, i see....its going to take the murder of a womyn or man of color or alternative sexual orientation to get murdered before you fucking react. Is that it? Forget the fact that white supremacist fascistas are organizing in our communities as we speak....no forget it...we cant see them.....so who cares? Is that your fucking attitudes? I wager it is!
Sure you can get over a thousand people to march in the street(or one lane of traffic?) to protest George Bush. Sure you can disrupt traffic. Sure you can yell and scream because you got pepper sprayed by agents of his majesty's reign, but support a community event that brings to light the injustices that NON WHITE PEOPLE face on a daily fucking basis in that very same community, and you get nobody!!!!!! You can live in those very same neighborhoods, become instrumental in rent skyrockets, isolate yourselves and hold no accountability, but make room to waste time fighting for media attention that you think might get word out of "your special cause".....what a crock of shit.
the Portland white activist scene isolates itself more and more everyday, and now you are isolating those who you are trying to "recruit" to your fucking circus of superficiality. As a white person, i recognize these anti racist events as imperative to challenging our white privilage and trying to dismantle institutional white supremacy. These events are also good in that they provide fertile ground for alliance building and dialouge opening, between ALL people.
What kind of social change do you expect to make when you isolate yourselves to your little white activist ghettoes? NONE. Everyone is so fucking busy trying to stop the Bush Regime from accumulating to many powers that might actually erode the rights of the citizens...or...white citizens is it? OH MY GOD! That would be horrible....when it happens to communities of color like it has been since America was conquered, no one pays attention.
The indymedia, so full of stories of poor little citizens getting pepper sprayed, have completely failed in their mission and so have the white activists here in portland. As for the pepper spray, what do you expect when you face off with heavily armed agents of the authoritarian state? Dont complain...either fight or back off. Youre obviously to cushy in your little white worlds to understand this, or there would have been more cops in the hospital.....
On a last note, i think it is about time that white activists start to recognize the very nature of their white privilage, and do something about it. You can jump around from demo to demo that involves huge amounts of people and plenty of media coverage( the hollywood syndrome), but you cannot support a community endeavor to tackle white supremacy, ideological and institutional. That shows me how blatantly you refuse to check your OWN WHITE SUPREMACIST ATTITUDES. I am ashamed of the activism in this town. It makes me wanna fucking puke.