Monday, 28 June 2010
Saturday, 26 June 2010
I've said it once and I'll likely say it again in the future.
There is something SO fascinating with the correlation between "radical" Left activists and being young, White and male.
Now I've already put in my two cents in about how I feel about Black Bloc tactics: http://thevancouvermanifesto.blogspot.com/2010/02/olympic-log-day-7-black-bloc-organizer.html so I won't belabour the point.
I will remind everyone that none of the media reports, indie or popular, say that anybody has actually gotten HURT, physically. NOR have anybody's homes been vandalized. This is just a reminder to say that property damage as violence is an opinion and point of view NOT held by anarchists who believe that property in itself is inherently violent.
Ok, moving on.
Several media have already pointed out here (read the comments) and here (scroll to bottom-satirical but whatevs), as well as twitter (RT: "on behalf of African-Canadians everywhere I would like to point out not one member of the Black Bloc who trashed #G20 is actually black.") observances that nobody using the Black Bloc tactic is actually Black- they all just a bunch of white folk.
I'm not going to offer any answers here- just an observation that anybody on the political spectrum has observed during events associated with the Black Bloc.
Is this some machismo? A testosterone driven tactic?
Is it an act of solidarity? i.e. White folk are more privileged and are "taking the hit" by being on the front line.
Is it just coincidence?
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