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Racial Tensions within the USAS “Some students of color locate the estrangement in inequality: white activists receive better treatment from those in power . At Michigan in February 2000, SCC members protesting a racist secret society held a sit-in at the same time as the anti-sweat organization and resented the fact that while they were ignored for weeks, the predominantly white group got a meeting with the president immediately.” – Featherstone p. 63
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Status Distinction within the USAS “There are also social divisions. Bhumika Muchhala, a recent graduate who is now working full-time in USAS’s national office, says sweatshop activism can be “cliquish.” She describes a close-knit, white hippie activist culture that is “not welcoming to people of color.” Dave Thurston, a black USAS activist who attends CUNY’s Hunter College, agrees that the organization can be inhospitably white and middle-class , semi- indignantly citing the all-vegan food at conferences.
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