“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness—and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling—their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
―Arundhati Roy, World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, 2003
What McDaniel found was that skinheads were actually anti-racist (the skinhead he had met donned a Unity tattoo) and sought to remove Nazis and neo-Nazis. He quipped, “People that say that they’re nazis or hate another race or type of people don’t have a place in this scene.” Around the age of twenty-one and twenty-two, the social times had changed. What was considered outcast of the Black monolith such as wearing skinny jeans and mohawks were now accepted but still McDaniel felt like an outcast in the Black and Punk community. When speaking with the punks that he did meet, often he would be told that real punks don’t work or hold down jobs, they runaway and live on the street if not squat somewhere. McDaniel thought of those notions as foolish for he worked a job to help his mother with the bills. Once he had met a punk who was living on the street but had a Blackberry that his parents supplied him but still affirmed that he held true to the ideals of a “real” punk. Already McDaniel grew more and more disillusioned about what true punk was but he could tell it definitely not what was sitting in front of him chatting away on an expensive smartphone. The first Black skinhead McDaniel met was walking down the street with yellow laces in his boots, in his 40’s and an NYC old guard punk from the ‘80’s. His name was Joe. McDaniel stuck to him strongly and Joe became his mentor. He had straightened up Mc Daniel’s look, which was sorely needed at the time, and gave McDaniel a special piece of advice: “When you see a Black in the alt scene, talk to them. If they’re a freak, make them your friend. Don’t shun them.” It is also from Joe had McDaniel learn about S.H.A.R.P. – Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice – and the NYC chapter although plenty of the original members had dispersed. Joe taught McDaniel the dress code of a Sharp: White laces were for nazi, red laces meant communist, the American flag was always on the right arm, the pins were always precise and the Sharp should always look sharp, never show a sloppy appearance, to name a few.
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Solidarity is not meant to be comfortable. It is not shining light on yourself as ally at the expense of the oppressed who are demanding their counternarratives be centralized. It is understanding that your whiteness protects you from certain things which in turn prohibits you from participation in others, because at the end of the day, when you get tired of marching and chanting, you can put your hands down and feel confident that the police won’t see you as a threat.
Some of us simply don’t have that luxury.