Thursday, February 26, 2004

Problems in activism

The following comes from part of an email I recently wrote:
I have long figured that since a big part of what we [social justice activists] are doing is asking those with power and privilege to question their beliefs, what they are doing and what they have, we must always do the same of ourselves.
When an 'activist' takes an ideal, a method, a process, an ideology etc. as an unquestionable given or absolute, then we have a problem.
The most common problem I see in activist organizing is when people place the interests of an organization before the ideals or purpose for which that organization was set up.
Anyway, I'm starting to rant so I'll leave it at that.
Observant readers will note the lie in the above: I'm always ranting, so to say that "I'm starting to rant," is patently untrue.


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