Many ways to Make Gumbo
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 at 4:04 PM
How do we work with each other and still not trust each other?
I feel, obviously the force used was not appropriate, or using no spray and just blocking the public is unacceptable. It seems that also many of the more recent developing communities such as the middle class, white middle class, and academic intellectual activist groups are obviously still needing to create stronger ties within the communities that they are currently engaged in service. The work of standing, creating voice, providing space for others to grow, as well as listening is a long process. The oppressive forces at work have been built over hundreds of years, and will not be degraded within a few months, years, or decades. Relationships are important. My mothers family is from New Orleans, I have a cousin who works
in Law Enforcement in New Orleans. On a family and relationship level he will listen and question authority, but not if he don't know you. Sounds familiar doesn't it?
New Orleans is not eco-tourism for activists. It also needs the support of very solid individuals and spirits willing to work thru the long haul. Color, class, education, and gender are all important. But not just because we read a few bell hooks or Barbara Holmes books. Breaking bread is a start and solidarity is an
awakening. May peace be with all doing the work of
personal and public bittersweetsalty love.