Engaging Ethnic Minorities (African-Americans, Latin Americans, Asian-Americans)
Hm, seems to be a bit incomplete there in their listing (& no peanut gallery comments from readers about how PC-ness has gone crazy & how could anyone list every single group, blah blah blah, because I’ll just laugh at you).
From the way the program thus far is laid out, it looks like there are several program options for each time slot; if so, at the same time, there is also this:
Commonality of Oppression (commonalities of oppressing animals, children, women, others)
Who are the “others,” do you think? Could they possibly include the “ethnic minorities” in the first workshop listing? In my experience, if you happen to ask folks to rattle off a list of -isms, usually sexism & racism would be first off the tongue — so it’s interesting that us POCs are relegated to the category of “other.”
In the Engaging Ethnic Minorities workshop, I am curious as to who will be speaking & who it is geared towards: Is it POCs telling a white audience how to “recruit” us? Is it white folks in AR who’ve done their marketing telling other white folks how to “recruit” us? The separate listing for a discussion of other oppressions makes me feel more like the Engaging workshop is meant to discuss pulling POCs in, with the subtext that it’s purely because more POCs means more veg*ns/AR activists… not out of a genuine desire to ally alongside us & work with us on other issues that affect us. I mean, that’s for the other workshop, right? Or perhaps for this workshop, in the following time slot:
Engaging Other Movements (health, environment, hunger, women, justice, peace movements)
Again, isn’t something missing here? Oh, yeah, how about a shout-out to folks working for racial justice? Naw, we got our one little panel about how white folks should engage with us… right?
I look forward to seeing more detailed descriptions of the panels as the conference grows closer, including names of panelists, because my first impressions thus far are not good. I had been considering trying to attend the conference (but wow, how expensive is it???) but I am leaning towards skipping it now.