Re: gman your 2 cents have worth
Posted By: gman In Response To: Re: gman your 2 cents have worth (Ras T Henry)
Date: Thursday, 10 January 2002, at 6:50 p.m.
In Response To: Re: gman your 2 cents have worth (Ras T Henry)
Before y'all get mad, lemme explain. They have contributed nothing specifically as white people. Those that are true, what they have contributed is the same as what any of us have contributed: bringing different ideas/experiences/perspectives to the table; contributing skills, money, resources, time, etc., etc.
For example ras adam simeon's putting together all the rasta links and ting is a good, significant contribution. But it has nothing to do with him being white, other than perhaps for the fact that as a white man he may have had more access to a good education which gave him his computer skills.
Looking beyond rasta and into the black struggle generally, those whites who have contributed to it
have done so by doing the same thing blacks have: putting their lives on the line, being willing to be a frontline fighter (whether the fight is physical or spirtual or what have you). People like John Brown, like Michael Schwarner (one of the whites in the civil rights movement who was murdered), people like those who joined a multi-racial task force that liberated Sis. Assata Shakur of the Black Liberation Army from prison where the guards were planning to assassinate her. (See her excellent autobiography "Assata"). That last set of people I mentioned, those who got caught are in prison and deserve our support whether white or black, or whether a lesbian as one of them is. See my post below about the Jericho Movement.
Actually I did just think of something that whites have contributed specifically as whites: that is, by putting their bodies on the line, they have brought more attention to the struggle, because as you know Amerikkka values white life over black, so when whites in the civil rights movement started getting killed along with blacks, it brought more attention to the movement and forced the gov't to at least pretend to take some steps against the KKK, Gov. Wallace, etc.
Hope that answers your question. Peace!
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