Kenyon Farrow is a writer and activist in New York City. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Stand Up! The Shifting Politics of Racial Uplift w/ Jared Sexton on South End Press. His work can be found at his blog, www.kenyonfarrow.com.
Young protesters at an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New Jersey Oct. 6 with a debt=slavery sign.
The economic crisis has disproportionately affected people of color, in particular African Americans. Given the stark economic realities in communities of color, many people have wondered why the Occupy Wall Street movement hasn’t become a major site for mobilizing African Americans. For me, it's not about the diversity of the protests. It's about the rhetoric used by the white left that makes OWS unable to articulate, much less achieve, a transformative racial-justice agenda.