FlyingMonkey wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:47 pm
Ano wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:25 pm
FlyingMonkey wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:54 pm
I’d recommend self-identifying as a Burner first & see if that helps foster an open conversation.
Identifying as a POC first frames your perspective and (believe it or not) limits your objectivity.
I had to walk away for a few days before I could adequately respond to this, and honestly I still don't have a response to it.
Instead, I've taken a screenshot of your post and I intend on printing it and sharing it with people when they want to have serious and frank discussions about the racial experience at Burning Man. This is an absolutely beautiful and fantastic example as to how incredibly ignorant people can be. It's so damn good that it should go into a book.
The only response I can muster without getting unreasonably sad:
I can't, dude. I literally cannot do that. And I'm not the one who gets to make that choice.
Can you honestly say that there is a systemic problem with racism at burning man? I'd be curious to hear more. Would you say it's just in the Org or with the participants in general?
So aside from the people you had mentioned previously, have you felt you have ever been excluded or not welcome at a camp or art car because of the color of your skin? That would be a larger problem.
Let’s have this frank discussion.
I don't come here often anymore so I'm a little surprised that no one is discussing what they have specifically experienced at Burning Man.
Considering the passion of the initial replies (too include quoting me as an example of someone who just doesn’t get it) I'd think there would be all kinds of examples of racial exclusion at the event.
I am genuinely interested to hear about this and possibly be convinced that my initial feelings on this topic were inaccurate due to ignorance on my part because I have not personally encountered it.
So far I have only seen that some people were treated poorly but only on an individual basis. So unless someone chimes in I have to assume that Burning Man (as an Org & an Event) doesn’t have an actual problem with racial inclusion.
Here is your opportunity to have that discussion. If you don't take this opportunity to explain what you have experienced how can you possibly hope to elicit change?
This is about correcting something that’s wrong, isn't it?