[TheThinkTank] Volunteering time

CLINTON BIGGS letlovein2 at msn.com
Thu Feb 7 15:06:55 PST 2008


What about nurotypical privilege?   How many of you volunteer for Special Olympics? Huh? Bruce does! Right ON!  I want to say that in spite of their elitist hipster fashion sense, Denvers Derailer makes bilingual flyers, very crucial in the age of the immigrant scapegoat.  By the way, at all triathlons I have raced (yes, im aware that screams privileged, even if I do it on the cheap) Women racers outnumber men and pass many of us up.  Sponsor an athlete from your community/CO-OP? So, my advice is to keep things improving and not get lost in blame and guilt and being judgmental.  CAB



> Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2008 15:09:02 -0600
> From: macho at resist.ca
> To: thethinktank at bikecollectives.org
> Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] Volunteering time
> 
> wait, what?  how does big brothers/sisters being mostly female in your 
> area prove that white privilege isn't a factor in bike shops?
> 
> macho
> 
> Bruce Lien wrote:
> > I see Kyle's point as tunnel vision. Look at other areas reliant on 
> > volunteers and you will see many females, in some cases 
> > overwhelmingly. Case in point: the local chapter of the Big 
> > Brothers/Big Sisters organization reported their volunteers by gender 
> > composition is 75% female, 25% male. That should shoot the theory of 
> > white boys being privileged and in positions to volunteer. It is the 
> > bike business in general that attracts males to the sport. Don't 
> > believe me then take a look at the staff at any bike shop for your 
> > random sample. Females are a breath of fresh air to the sport of 
> > cycling and bike riding in general. But look also to the junior ranks 
> > of any state cycling organization and you will find many more males 
> > than females. Credit to those that volunteer and here is wishing more 
> > would join us, especially females. bikedad
> >
> > */Andy Dyson <andy at neighborhoodbikeworks.org>/* wrote:
> >
> >     BovineOaks at aol.com wrote:
> >     > Being white gives us privileges that might make it easier to
> >     'donate' a
> >     > lot of time to a project you love. Nice racist statement.
> >     >
> >
> >     Some great points in your post, Christopher, but it's the first
> >     line I
> >     have a problem with. I think that if you're going to call someone a
> >     racist you should do so in a more direct and clear way, for all of
> >     our
> >     benefit.
> >
> >     Perhaps I'm just not smart, but sarcasm like the above leaves me
> >     wondering exactly what about Kyle's post you thought was racist
> >     and why.
> >     There are various interpretations I could think of, but why people in
> >     our community are calling each other racists is not an area where
> >     I want
> >     to jump to any conclusions. I do actually want to know what you
> >     think,
> >     because I don't think that Kyle was denying that people of all
> >     backgrounds volunteer, rather that privilege exists and it makes
> >     things
> >     easier for young, white males.
> >
> >     I think that the whole point of Kyle's post is to draw attention
> >     to the
> >     existence of privilege, something that, in my experience, is not
> >     obvious
> >     to all of us.
> >
> >     Peace,
> >
> >     Andy
> >
> >     -- 
> >     Andrew C. Dyson
> >     Executive Director Neighborhood Bike Works
> >     Increasing opportunities for youth through bicycling
> >
> >
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