Some food for Thought...
By Malia Lazu
This was a horrific weekend for America.
From pipebombs to a black couple murdered in a Kroger after the killer was denied access
to a black church to the mass shooting, killing 11 at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
To deny that we are engaged in a civil war, is to be irresponsible.
The fabric of our democracy is unraveling, and our hypocrisies are being called to account (again).
#Yalewhileblack, Waffle House, a family BBQ, white people’s use of police force
against people who scare them is one of the most dangerous traditions we have in this country.
Carolyn Bryant, the woman who caused Emmett Till lynching is just one example of thousands.
It is also proof of white privilege.
Any white person can call a cop on a person of color with serious ramifications.
This past week has shown who cops are protecting white people from.
White ally’s are needed to help translate fear to acceptance.
I am a Black Puerto Rican, Italian (with a bit of Irish, my great grandmother was a Mahoney from Cork) woman from Hawaii. Being mixed race, conversations like Bruno Mars culturally appropriating black music is on going and internal. When racially ambiguous people define their race or reflect part of their culture it seems to be fair game to be questioned. I’m also not sure I have a problem with that.
Written By Malia Lazu
Image per Stanley Forman
Racism comes in many forms, some of the most common are
overt, implicit, structural & institutional & it seems this Saturday
Boston is going to get a dose of different several forms of racism,
including overt, institutional and implicit racism. The overt and implicit
will come from the “free speech” hate rally.
But the institutional racism will come from the city of Boston by allowing permits to be pulled.
One of the most attractive qualities of the Mondragon Cooperative model
is its dedication to keeping its members employed.
When a factory is closed, the workers are retrained & moved to another cooperative.
I hope this union worker is now working at FAGOR or Eroski or another Mondragon factory,
or happily retired with a decent pension.
While I love the Chilean miner story,
I haven’t lost sight of the fact they almost died because of the disregard mining has for labor.
Sandra Bullock would have preferred an honest husband & the Tea Party success of 2010
seems to be foreshadowing of our country losing the freedoms we have gained in the last 30 years.
LEAVE THE DANCE WITH THE ONE WHO BROUGHT YOU.
When voters of color and young people vote, Democrats win.
To not ensure these specific demographics are continually engaged is a massive oversight
on the part of the Democrats. Looking at ways to adapt successful voter models
in diverse communities is key (see kudos section).
To paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr.,
“Sad is a people who are ignored by one party & taken advantage of by the other.”
“I think we could learn a lot about how to build consistent civic engagement by looking at long-term relationships like my grandparents.”
We should equate campaigns to dating.
We all know how the first phase works in dating.
You begin dating, & you have so many things in common, you overlook what think to be
small differences. You make time for long dinners & longer conversation.
You see all the values you share & so many reasons why you’d be better together,
& then it happens. You choose to live your life together.
Now you have to go to work and pay the bills & build a home together.
The relationship gets real & it gets hard.
If civic organizations can hold the space for organizing when campaigns do come into town they can be absorbed by the on-going community efforts and feed into the on going business of hope & change. Campaigning is not organizing. McDonalds does provide food products to millions of Americans
but nobody pretends it’s the same as a home cooked meal.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.