Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Occupy Providence in Relation to Texts We Have Read
I visited Occupy Providence a few weeks ago but I did not connect any readings to my visit so I will do that now. When I realized I had to make this connection to two of the readings, two immediately came to mind: Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression: The Roles of Allies as Agents of Change by Andrea Ayvazian and Allan Johnson's article, Privilege, Power, and Difference. Ayvazian discusses being an agent of change from a dominant group. The people camping out at Occupy Providence were mainly men and a majority that I saw were white. Because these white men are fighting for financial equality, Ayvazian would classify them as allies. Johnson would claim these men have privilege and that people with privilege are the only people who can change the system. These white men are working side by side with people of color and women for equality. This would make Johnson and Ayvazian proud.