If it was actually WOC abuelit@s hitting up the night bombing the city, I would be down as fuck for it. However, it is not. Instead, it is white feminists who essentially steal an idea that has criminalized, ridiculed, and even killed people of color. They seem to think it is innovating art that parallels graff culture. Pero, they’re extremely cray to think so.
Their privilege allows them to get away with the bastardization of this subculture without having to deal with the gruesome repercussions. You see, yarn bombing doesn’t happen in los barrios. It takes place in affluent areas, the burbs, and gentrified hoods. They don’t have to watch out for bangers who don’t want you tagging on their turf. They don’t know shit about traveling deep into tunnels and having to fend off meth addicts. They won’t have to experience running away from trigger-happy cops, and not because their they’re not carrying montanas, but because white girls (with or without yarn) are actually protected by cops—no matter what neigborhood they’re in.
I can’t see myself ever being down with recognizing yarn bombing for these very reasons.
You're doing all you can to encourage it, Malcolm-
Not encouraging it.
-with your inflammatory and demagogic language-
No, no, I don't-
Oh yes you do.
I don't encourage it; but I'm not going to sit here and pretend that it doesn't exist.
Another white man:
Don't you incite Malcolm? Don't you incite?
I don't think so. How are you going to incite people who are living in slums and ghettos? It's the city structure that incites. A city that continues to let people live in rat-nest dens in Harlem and pay higher rent in Harlem than they pay downtown. This is what incites it. Who lets merchants overcharge people for their groceries and their clothing and other commodities in Harlem, while you pay less for it downtown. This is what incites it. A city that will not create some kind of employment for people who are barred from having jobs just because their skin is Black. That's what incites it. Don't ever accuse a Black man for voicing his resentment and dissatisfaction over the criminal condition of his people as being responsible for inciting a situation. You have to indict the society that allows these things to exist.
"I’ve told the kids in the ghettos that violence won’t solve their problems, but then they ask me, and rightly so; “Why does the government use massive doses of violence to bring about the change it wants in the world?” After this I knew that I could no longer speak against the violence in the ghettos without also speaking against the violence of my government"
"Not being racist is not some default starting position. You don’t simply get to say you’re not a racist; not being racist — or a sexist or a homophobe — is a constant, arduous process of unlearning, of being uncomfortable, of eating crow and being humbled and re-evaluating. It’s probably hard to start that process if you’ve been told that every thought you have is golden and should be given voice, and that people who are offended by what you say are hypersensitive simpletons."
Yes, secretly. It’s possible to lie to ourselves thoroughly and blind ourselves with what we want to believe.
I believed that having compassion and love for other people regardless of race, and avoiding all conscious actions that would result in oppressing or judging another based on race, made me not a racist. But I was born into a racist culture, and benefited from a racial power imbalance. Despite all my wishes and actions, I can’t avoid being a racist for those reasons. It’s a big, dark secret that will take much longer than my life to fully discover and purge.
“Let’s build a government that serves the interest of property owners. We’ll fight on their behalf against their oppressors, for promises of trinkets, fine speeches, and honest work. One that keeps all women, all non-whites, and poor whites outside the power structure as much as possible….”
These states have a “stand your ground” style law like the one that is allowing a man to get away with the murder of Trayvon Martin.
They are made under the lie that the only way to protect yourself is by killing another person. They give the excuse to the killer beyond self-defense. One can murder another under these laws just because a person looks threatening or dangerous (which often translates to “black”).
"Martin Luther King himself became more and more concerned about problems untouched by civil rights laws-problems coming out of poverty. In the spring of 1968, he began speaking out, against the advice of some Negro leaders who feared losing friends in Washington, against the war in Vietnam…
King now became a chief target of the FBI, which tapped his private phone conversations, sent him fake letters, threatened him, blackmailed him, and even suggested once in an anonymous letter that he commit suicide. FBI internal memos discussed finding a black leader to replace King. As a Senate report on the FBI said in 1976, the FBI tried “to destroy Dr. Martin Luther King."
- Howard Zinn, “Or Does it Explode?” A People’s History of the United States. No assassin was ever conclusively caught. James Earl Ray, the man who went to prison for the assassination, fought the rest of his life for a retrial, at the end with the support of the King family. Whether or not the government was involved in his assassination, it is clear that as soon as King shifted his focus from civil rights to poverty, he was considered an enemy of the state.