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Diversity Language committee: "minority report"

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From: Teresa Allen
Date: Wed Jun 11, 2003 6:12 am
Subject: Minority Report

Sorry about the delay. Rather than a Minority Report, this is a statement of my increasing discomfort with the latest DLC direction. Although I first embraced the concept of added seats as positive and thinking out of the box(esp. after the advice of Ted Shaw & Mr. Saenz), that concept evolving with demographics set a tone more and more one of endless division, with a suspicion and loathing of our own leadership.

When it comes down to it, I'd rather the bylaws statement focus on common ground; more concentration on instilling confidence rather than control-- glass half full rather than empty. For me, the DLC details focused on division of all people into categories and inevitably a posturing(inviting cronyism?) to determine who more merits representation.

The tone that I sensed seemed to indicate that the COI could become a power base, used to pressure a contrived "diversity" over democracy.

I don't assume that underrepresented groups are inferior, neither do I find it constructive to assume "whites" having hateful motivations.

To repeat my words in another recent post,:
"On the whole I see Pacificans as positive, cooperative, mission-driven and altruistic-- and seek out people who have these attributes and visions. I find it unproductive to pursue my work with the approach that I should continuously see the people that I work with as hurtful and threatening and use most of my energy "protecting" myself against their taking advantage of me."

Mr. Lubell's responses did not convince me that this very aggressive approach would be more constructive than Draft B.

Teresa J. Allen


From: David R. Fertig
Date: Wed Jun 11, 2003 2:13 pm
Subject: Re: Minority Report


This is a well-stated expression of some of my feelings also. Thank you.

-Dave Fertig



From: bilsus07
Date: Mon Jun 9, 2003 6:34 pm

We, the undersigned members of the Diversity Language Committee, do not support the bylaws diversity language as published on 6/6/03. That document does reflect the majority votes of the committee, but the final product is problematic for each of us in some way that prevents us from signing on to it.

Signed by:

Miguel Maldonado, WBAI LAB chair
Willie Ratcliff, KPFA LAB vice chair
Susan da Silva, KPFA LAB chair
Teresa Allen, KPFT LAB and IPNB member
Dave Fertig, KPFK LAB and IPNB member


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