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  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post Why White Privilege is No Protection from Police Brutality by Nat Parry.

    2014-08-21 15:52:43View | Delete

    I know exactly what you mean; introducing Occupy into a conversation can cause it to go on a tangent (and not always a good one). I wrote a lot of diaries here about OO and when I read back over some of them, I wish I had been more mindful of the white privilege issues [...]

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post Why White Privilege is No Protection from Police Brutality by Nat Parry.

    2014-08-21 09:47:21View | Delete

    I agree that this is an important diary and I really appreciate how Nat Parry connected all the dots. Having white skin is certainly no guarantee that you won’t be the victim of police brutality. I saw plenty of white people brutalized during Occupy Oakland protests, where they often specifically targeted white anarchists, including young [...]

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post A Folk-rap-rock Police State Opera for Ferguson & beyond (with libretto) by wendydavis.

    2014-08-21 07:56:51View | Delete

    I’m glad you chose to share this, but I wanted it to be your choice. As I said on my diary, I am heartsick and I have no words.

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-21 07:54:38View | Delete

    Right on. Thank you. I am out of words today, sick at heart after watching the Kajieme Powell execution.

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post A Folk-rap-rock Police State Opera for Ferguson & beyond (with libretto) by wendydavis.

    2014-08-20 18:37:10View | Delete

    I just watched the cell phone video of the young black man the pigs killed in St. Louis (which is posted on my diary, I won’t bring it here). But I will bring this song.. It’s the only thing that feels right at the moment.

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 18:27:21View | Delete

    Thanks for your comments. You’re right that it’s going to take massive change for things to get better. In the meantime, I imagine if I were mentally ill and brandishing a knife, the cops would have spent more than 30 seconds deciding whether my life had any value. The life of Kajieme Powell, the black [...]

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 18:16:59View | Delete

    Yup. They used to have supremacy at home and in the workplace. And every gain by any minority has been skewed by capitalists to appear as a loss for white people, particularly men.

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 17:09:09View | Delete

    Yes she did. Thanks for the rec!

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 16:25:52View | Delete

    I’m not buying Kareem’s argument. He imagines a voting bloc of 50 million poor people but fails to mention the new Jim Crow. Millions of black people can’t vote because of felony convictions. The wildly disproportionate number of black people in prison pretty much negates most of the other factors that Kareem mentions, IMHO. Also: fuck [...]

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 16:17:09View | Delete

    I don’t care if Michael Brown was a thug. I haven’t paid much attention to the attempts to make him look perfect. I imagine the truth is somewhere in between. The problem is that the pigs are out of control all over this country and people of color, especially young black men, are their primary [...]

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 15:25:56View | Delete

    Why thank you, yellowsnapdragon. Some of it just sort of wrote itself. :)

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 14:51:17View | Delete

    That would be great. Despite my inability to read all of Guns, Germs and Steel, I still got a huge amount of insight from it.

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 14:50:06View | Delete

    YOur perspective is really helpful, THD, and so is all of the context that you provide. My impression, which may or may not be correct, is that confronting white privilege is very difficult for white men, especially those who have been forced into intense competition for resources with not just other white men, but people [...]

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post A Folk-rap-rock Police State Opera for Ferguson & beyond (with libretto) by wendydavis.

    2014-08-20 11:45:01View | Delete

    A bit of a stealth rec for now, wendydavis; I need time to savor all these links and all this music. Your APD entry reminded me of another surreal moment from this week: Don “Respectability Politics” Lemon interviewed Leo York , an ABQ freelance photographer who got teargassed in Ferguson. In a seriously “duh” moment, Don asked [...]

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 11:04:18View | Delete

    LOL, I have been on my best behavior for a while now. Had you met my online persona during the opening weeks of Occupy, you’d probably think differently. But I think that this very perilous conversation deserves all the compassion and grace we can muster. I know you’ve made a difference too; for one thing, [...]

  • Oh yeah, Officer Friendly. What a pyscho that guys is.

    I suppose those small town cops who’ve never been in a riot, combined with those PTSD victims who are just back from one of our foreign war zones, make for a very trigger-happy and paranoid bunch of pigs. Bulletproof vests are definitely in order.

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 10:38:25View | Delete

    Fair enough. I do agree that face-to-face is far superior to online conversations. Thanks for engaging and for caring.

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 10:26:21View | Delete

    I think we have long since crossed that line and that we will either address this on a systemic, institutional basis or we’ll have Fergusons all across the country. It’s incredibly disappointing that we have a black president who refuses to be a leader. I keep thinking about what Bobby Kennedy or even Bill Clinton [...]

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 10:19:20View | Delete

    Thanks, openhope. I’d like to see some sort of gathering where black people talk and white people listen. Period. We don’t get a turn to respond, we don’t get to try to fix things ourselves and perpetuate that power dynamic. We just have to sit there and hear the ugly truth.

  • hotflashcarol commented on the diary post This Week in White Privilege by hotflashcarol.

    2014-08-20 10:15:40View | Delete

    No hard feelings here, either. :) I am really sorry to hear what OB is going through and I understand how hard all this must be for you. I guess the two things that I have to disagree with are (1) the suggestion that white men only did reprehensible things to blacks in the past . Because [...]

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