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Posted: 10/11/2007 4:20:02 PM EST
Volunteers gather money on Portland streets for slavery reparations
The Associated Press
Oct. 11, 2007 09:17 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. - It was panhandling, it was performance art - and it was a political statement about the legacy of slavery and reparations for black people.

A dozen volunteers, black and white, took to the streets of Portland on Wednesday to take part in what its creator called the National Day of Panhandling for Reparations.

They asked white passers-by to pay reparations for enslaving black people, and then they gave money to black passers-by.





"Artists take the lead on social issues," the organizer, a Portland-based performance artist named damali ayo, told The Oregonian. "This is the way I'm taking the lead on a social issue. Taking it to the streets. Also to get the job done - getting those reparations paid out."

As volunteer Frances Miller asked passers-by for money, they reacted with confusion, amusement or annoyance. Some, like delivery man Jeremy Butyrin, gave money.

"America's history hasn't been so kind to a lot of people," said Butyrin, who gave $10. "You can't always count on the government to take care of it. Sometimes you have to do it yourself."

"I'm Slavic. I kind of understand," he added. "My dad had to escape oppression to come over here."

Moments later, Porter Miller, 58, walked by on his way to a bus stop. He didn't understand why a stranger was offering him money. Once Frances Miller explained, he accepted.

"That's pretty neat," he said. "It makes me feel better. Makes me feel we're appreciated here."

About 70 volunteers were recruited in the United States, Great Britain and New Zealand, said ayo, who uses lowercase letters for her name. She is the author of a satirical book titled "How to Rent a Negro."
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:21:23 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:21:40 PM EST
LOL ?
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:22:02 PM EST
good 'ol white guilt
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:22:31 PM EST
WTF?
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:23:51 PM EST
I'm stuck between and
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:25:10 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bloencustoms:
WTF?


+1
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:25:47 PM EST
I guess we all can panhandle. I'm sure that somewhere down each of our ancestry, our relatives were either oppressed or oppressors.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:27:20 PM EST
FKN hippies
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:27:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By gaspain:
good 'ol self loathing liberal white guilt



My first fixed it for ya'
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:28:18 PM EST
Oregon, the new Kalifornia.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:28:54 PM EST
I would have paid them in pesos~
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:30:24 PM EST
I would have paid them in pesos~

Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:30:24 PM EST
That's very near a new low point.


CJ
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:31:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By gaspain:
good 'ol white guilt


+1 Guess they hit the apologists up
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:31:15 PM EST
Reparations for "black people?"

Doesn't that make alot of assumptions? Like, all black people are the descendants of American slavery?


I wish I had been there. "Wheres my reparations! I'm part black! Oh yes I am! how DARE you judge me by the color of my skin?!"
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:32:03 PM EST
Maybe I should do the same thing. Only I'm just going to take money and redistribute it to whoever walks by next.

"Here's $10 from the dipshit in front of you.... have a nice day."
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:32:24 PM EST
The gov't just takes it out of my paycheck.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:33:04 PM EST
Damn, there are more dumb white people out there than I figured.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:34:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By 1Andy2:
Reparations for "black people?"

Doesn't that make alot of assumptions? Like, all black people are the descendants of American slavery?


I wish I had been there. "Wheres my reparations! I'm part black! Oh yes I am! how DARE you judge me by the color of my skin?!"


i know that is racist. My friends family is from nigeria. they have only been out of that cuntry for two generations and are in no way related to slaves. the same with my friend who is an exchange student from madagascar
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 4:34:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/11/2007 4:35:17 PM EST by 580DBF]
This must have occured just before the panhandler's lunch break at McCormick & Schmick's.
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