Juan Conatz, Who is Oakland: anti-oppression activism, the politics of safety, and state co-optation
Demanding increased cultural sensitivity and recognition has utterly failed to stop a rising tide of bigotry and violence in an age of deep austerity. We argue that one of the lessons of the history of anti-oppression, civil rights, and decolonization struggles is that if #resistance is even slightly effective, the people who resist are in danger. The choice is not between danger and safety, but between the uncertain #dangers of #revolt and the certainty of continued #violence, deprivation, and death. There is no middle ground.