Silence Does Not Equal Siding with the Oppressor: Why I Decided Not to Attend the March

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  1. Tammy Davis says:

    Beautiful piece, and it resonates with me.

    A few years ago, at the beginning of my junior year at Humboldt, I found myself questioning my own individuation. Researching a wide spectrum of activist groups, I couldn’t help but notice that most of them were fairly exclusive. “By Young Mothers and for Young Mothers,” or Latinos, Academics, Environmental Scientists, Master Gardeners, Native Americans, etc.

    I was searching for like minded people. People who were working together to dismantle the destructive mechanisms born from this empire era of capitalism. People actively collaborating on local projects designed to transition away from hyper-consumerism and toward mindful living, reconnecting to one another and to Nature. Though I continued to find organized groups of people whose work was aligned with what I was seeking, I felt that because of this idea that at least part of who I am is “multi-racial,” that I would not be a fit for them. However, I now realize that I alone decide where I do or do not “fit.”

    Anyway, what I really wanted to share with you is that I had started a poem/song of my own during this time. It goes something like… “If I am not an immigrant, then Who Am I? And if I am not indigenous, then Who Am I?” I made reference to the identities, both chosen and assigned, of my Cherokee, Nadaco, Latina, and English ancestors as well. I never finished writing this piece, but thanks to you I am now re-inspired to do so. Therefore, I wish to say Thank You Lee, for the inspiration, and for sharing this wonderful work of yours.

    In Peace & Gratitude,
    Tammy (aka Sloopy Lopez)

    P.S. I should also say here, that I too have decided not to participate in tomorrow’s demonstration… for a number of reasons.

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