White Ally to Gain Union Support
The Daily Caller
A white progressive who organized Occupy Wall Street (OWS) excluded white allies from a critical meeting with New York’s Local 1199 union, which has since thrown its enormous resources behind the media-magnified protest.
The local, which has up to 350,000 members, is part of the Service Employees Union International (SEIU). It invited the one of the leading OWS organizers to a Sept. 30 meeting after the organizers sought its support.
The protester invited to the Sept. 30 meeting was Jesse Myerson, a white male who describes himself as an “independent journalist and activist.”
In an email to the other organizers, he asked for a second organizer to accompany him to the meeting, but he specifically barred white activists.
“I am meeting the 1199 executive council tomorrow to try and convince them to come out for us. It’s in midtown and I *need* someone to be with me, and that person needs not to be white,” he wrote in a Sept. 29 evening email. “This will mean the difference, I bet,” said Myerson.
Myerson’s request for a non-white companion reflects the progressive movement’s desire to showcase non-white supporters, and to comply with the ideology of diversity.
“Occupy Wall Street is officially committed to the right of marginalized voices to be heard,” Myerson wrote to The Daily Caller. “It won’t do for us to be complicit in the tendency that arises to put straight, white males in the spotlight, especially when addressing 1199/SEIU...”
None of the other progressive organizers on Myerson’s list objected to Myerson’s racial discrimination.
“If you want a white woman, I could come...I drive & have a disability parking permit,” responded Jackie DiSalvo. She is a labor activist, and an associate English professor at Baruch College, which is part of the government-funded City University of New York.
Myerson quickly accepted an offer from someone named Mae. She described herself as “Puerto Rican, a single mom, and gen x, so I fit into a lot of ‘unexpected’ boxes for the OWS movement if you need to pimp out any of that.” Mea’s e-mail name is ‘grimwomyn.’
The next day, Myerson announced the organizers got the union’s support.
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