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Why some Blacks shun the Occupy movement

The Occupy Wall Street actions have given us an opportunity to reflect upon where Black folks are these days with politics and economic injustice. Dwight Hobbes recently wrote an article headlined “Blacks scarce at Occupy Minnesota.” In it he pointed out that “Black participation in Occupy Minnesota has been less than overwhelming.”
There are several reasons, good and bad, for the lack of broader participation. But Hobbes is right — no Black folks of note have spoken at the local occupy events. Unfortunately he wasn’t there on the occasions of rallies and marches in which the crowd was at least 10 percent Black, especially the first two weekends of the occupation in October. I spoke on several occasions at these events; in fact, most of the local news outlets recorded me on a few occasions. Continue Reading →

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