(Tate 2011) Top 10 reasons why so few black folk appear down to Occupy Wall Street

Tate, Greg. Top 10 reasons why so few black folk appear down to Occupy Wall Street [Internet]. Village Voice. 2011 Oct 19. Available from: http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-10-19/news/greg-tate-top-ten-reasons-why-so-few-blackfolk-appear-down-to-occupy-wall-street/. Accessed 2011 Dec 9. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/63oRY554f.

In a satirical article that makes some serious points, Tate proposes explanations for the apparent relative lack of African-American participation in Occupy Wall Street. In some cases, reasons are also offered why it would be in the best interest of blacks to participate anyway. The reasons for lack of participation include the relatively greater economic and physical risks to blacks from participation (due to lack of protective white privilege), and the perceived lack of commitment to (and even awareness of) racial issues, such as the prison-industrial complex, job discrimination, and selectively harsh police enforcement, on the part of Occupiers. The theme underlying the reasons why blacks should participate anyway is that a broad-based, mainstream radical movement such as Occupy offers the only realistic hope of fundamental resolution of any socioeconomic issues, including racial issues.


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