Posted: May 29, 2008 6:36 pm
i love this! don't get hurt patting yourself on the back there
i'm not saying it to be all braggy and i regret that it came off that way, because it's not indicative of my attitude at all- it was more of a putting my hands in front of my face defense mechanism. it's rather that i've been going down this road for a long time and i can remember thinking, for much of my young life, that i knew everything and that i had the solutions to everything and that i could make a billion assumptions about people i don't/didn't know, much like the original poster is doing here with me. i think that's a big problem within feminism (and i guess progressive politics in general, but HUGELY within feminism), that people think they know everything and that doing something relatively small, like this camp, is gonna make a big dent.
i just said in an email to someone who was conversing with me about this that i think memphis has bigger fish to fry. a camp like this at hutchinson, of all places, is not accessible to kids who live in whitehaven or north memphis, unless they have someone who can drive them there and pick them up. nor could they probably afford the $250 that it costs to go. i think these organizers' hearts are in the right place, but i don't believe that their vision is. yeah, girls should be able to rock out as much as boys are taught to. but at the same time, poor kids should be able to rock out as much as rich kids have the ability to, kids who aren't white should have access to the same musical resources that white kids have in their schools, etc.