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

Looking back at the news archives, it was a swastika sticker affixed to the office door, not a painting. It was fingerprinted by the police and registered as a hate crime (actually was initially reported by another staff person, not her), not a hoax situation. She was never forced to resign (news articles also covered the circumstances surrounding her eventual departure, none of which had to do with the swastika). Maybe you need to check your facts, because your comment is the only thing lacking credibility here.

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Posted by Sunflower on 09/04/2014 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Culture is Identity

Interesting piece, Luke. You make some good points... However, it seems that the overall gist comes from a lens of privilege and that your "relatively simple" solution lacks breadth. Doing and giving to the things Spokanites (businesses or people with time and resources to spare) love would tend to multiply the type of monoculture that Spokane suffers from, would it not? Those with resources to give, giving to those within their circle...and thus the cycle continues. I'm happy that your arts organizations and others are thriving, but the reality for many is not as golden. Perhaps we should be looking at the groups, individuals and orgs that have diverse flair and flavor to offer - especially those who aren't being funded from the circle within the circle of resources. If culture is identity, then let's look at the kids, families, businesses and organizations that are dying out or struggling over years. Drawing talented folks from outside of the area and even keeping the young'ns here is sometimes due in part to the sheer lack of non-white cultural investments and capital in our city. If we have cultural breadth, it certainly isn't visible to many people looking from the outside in. Could it be time for Spokane to step out of the slightly-more-progressive comfort zone and do things like intentionally supporting communities/organizations/individuals of color, empower leaders from low-income female-headed households, and promoting a wider age/gender/race/class pool of spokespeople for the city and surrounding area? Could it be about time for a more-than-trendy type of Spokane? I think so.

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Posted by Sunflower on 09/03/2014 at 9:46 PM

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