[TheThinkTank] Thethinktank Digest, Vol 157, Issue 11

Gordon Hamachi gordon.hamachi at gmail.com
Wed Oct 16 15:55:24 PDT 2019


Kathleen:

I hear what you are saying, but also believe strongly that Bike! Bike!
doesn’t have to be perfect to be useful, educational, inspiring, or even
transformative. Because of this, I hope you will still consider attending a
future event.

The vast majority of attendees are quite pleasant and reasonable.  I prefer
not to experience the sexist or racist nonsense, but can tolerate it for a
few days at a time.

I hope that one day the few bad actors will see the error of their ways and
amend their behavior.

—Gordon


*>>Are you KIDDING me??? I did not attend and now I’m so glad I
didn’t, because upon reading this email, I can undoubtedly see that a
prime example of oppression and inequality was clearly exercised at
the Bike!Bike! 2019! Persecution, maltreatment, racism, oppression,
and inequality based on a person’s gender, race, or sexual
orientation, is exactly what I see here. You “punished” someone based
on their perceived gender. Being inclusive and equitable means what is
done for one, is done for all. This is clearly not what was practiced
at the event. Claiming to be anti-oppressive and saying one is
fighting inequality, doesn’t make it so. It’s in the actions, not the
words.

Kathleen (California)*
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