In starting out it's necessary to emphasize that although we demand recognition of the unpleasant realities of white supremacy within this "movement", it is not the intention of anti-authoritarian people of color to stir up more feelings of white guilt. Guilt is NEVER proactive. Instead, people of color at this Food Not Bombs Gathering hope to further conversation around developing meaningful cross-racial solidarity in our movement and encourage our white allies to take action on these issues.
Nor is it people of color's intention to establish the fight against white supremacy against other forms of oppression. Distinct forms of oppression such as patriarchy, queerphobia and speciesism must ALL be recognized in both their individual and interconnected roles in a larger system of hierarchy and domination.
Though we are all the inheritors of a long racist past, we've also inherited generations of hard won progress of breaking free of that past. We can't bring that progress to a halt - especially within our movement - by acting like we've already won by pretending that race is now a relatively negligible issue, or claiming to be "color blind."
Here are just some things that have been experienced by people of color in this "movement":
Constantly Dealing with Unchecked White Privilege:
With these difficulties in sight, and a shared understanding of the long-term nature of this discussion, people of color and white folks have a lot of work to do in confronting white cultural domination in this "movement." While many people of color want to work on anti-racist organizing and are often more aware of patterns of white supremacy, exclusivity, and racism in this "movement", white allies must be aware of these issues and use their privilege to challenge them and to ensure that these patterns are continuously being dismantled.
FNB specifically seeks to achieve, through horizontally structured and consensus based organizing: community, equality, and a rejection of capitalism and all systematic forms of oppression that assist in its perpetuation. FNB strives to reach these goals and sustain this "movement" through solidarity, not charity in many ways.
Community is viewed and upheld as necessary for liberation and for maintaining positivity of our movements as a whole. Without the alternative of a network based on love rather than abuse, on understanding rather than control, we all suffer. FNB has taken huge strides towards creating this necessary community, however there is still work to do!
We've discussed and hope to convey positive ways to further incorporate marginalized and oppressed groups in FNB as a community and a "movement."