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I know Max Allstadt. He is a former roommate, and a friend of mine and my boyfriend. Max is kind, smart, very fair, even-tempered, a hard worker, and cares a LOT about West Oakland. He's lived here for many years. I've never detected a drop of racism in him. As for me, I've lived in West Oakland for nearly six years, and I was born in Oakland. We ALL care - white, black, and everything in between. That's clear from all these posts. It would be a mistake to ASSUME that Max must be racist, hateful, spiteful, etc, BECAUSE HE CHOSE TO DEFEND HIMSELF. This email incident was defamation of character, and done in a way to seek maximum damage to Max's character, reputation and possibly even his safety. It's common sense to pursue something as outrageous as that email incident, and anyone who's posted here would have done the same. Also, it's not a "slap in the face" to point out that Max was fortunate enough to be able to borrow the money to fight. He knows he's lucky. He couldn't pay this out of his own pocket. What does that tell you? This is not some rich priviledged white "hipster" framing this poor black activist. Give me a break! We're all having problems paying the rent and so on. Who isn't? Worst recession since the Great Depression, remember?
And DO NOT shoot the messenger here - the article's writer. I agree that the title was a little too provocative, and the deal with Diallo's name is stupid. Marcel is not exactly hiding. But the facts are inescapable. And Marcel had the motive. Stupid move. Diallo asked for the extra scrutiny by doing this. What would you expect? So, as people here have pointed out, the work will continue with or without Marcel. And groups will continue to be approved or NOT approved for grants, based on VOTES. Hello, this is a democracy. And you can bet that in this economy, everyone will get their chance to get disappointed when things don't go their way. It's never acceptable to threaten someone who didn't go along with your proposal. There were others involved in the decision. To single out Max, of all people, is just crazy.
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