Justin Ellenbecker 
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Re: “How escapism, white privilege and warm fuzzies are destroying the social justice movement

Thank you for writing this Rachel. While I no longer live in Spokane, it was my home for quite sometime and place of birth. My partner and I would often discuss the points you bring up, we'd tried to work within the local social/economic/environmental justice groups, but faced many of the issues you'd brought up and more. They don't seem concerned about how effective they are at creating material change for those facing institutionalized oppression, but they do know how to make people feel better about their guilt. There are several good ones out there, but overall that was a rarity. No wonder so many conservatives think that combating white supremacy is about feeling guilty, and throwing money at it hoping it will go away. Many of the organizations basically ask for just that.

It took a while to come to this after much work that amounted to very little. We need systemic change to deal with systemic problems, but that is going to take more than these organization are willing to direct people to do. This means entire institutions will have to be taken down and replaced, which requires completely different tactics or a mass movement (which as we've seen is incredibly unlikely and will get cracked down on.) It will have to be grassroots if these organizations won't lead. Or it won't happen at all.

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Posted by Justin Ellenbecker on 09/04/2014 at 2:37 PM

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