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Re: “Burners Torched Over Native Party

This article represents a sensationalized depiction of the events that unfolded around the Go Native fundraiser. It is full of fabrications, incorrect information, and represents and incomplete representation of the truth. This is a sad example of the media playing up drama around an event for the sake of attracting readers. I was present at the event and spoke although I was not directly involved in organizing the event.

For example:
“There was supposed to be a "private" Burner party last Saturday” In fact the invitation went out to a broad audience, and anyone who attended would have been admitted.

“tribal members spent more than four hours lecturing the handful of white, college-class Burners about cultural sensitivity until some of them simply broke down crying.” In fact the organizers have a broad spectrum of ages, most of them are college graduates, and none of them cried. At least none where seen to visibly weep during the public discussion. Several are multi-racial individuals.

“Ravers were offered a discount” In fact this was not a rave. This was a dance party, similar to the ones that go on in countless locations every weekend across the bay area.

“tribal elder Wounded Knee DeOcampo … stood over performance artist "Cicada" … lecturing her about his grandmother's forcible kidnapping and rape at white hands.” In fact while a stern discussion took place, many who attended the event do not recall any statements of this nature. This is a fabrication and misrepresentation of the truth. The dichotomy the author is attempting to create here is for purely sensational purposes and not factually based.

“activists and party planners sat cross-legged in a circle in the main room, lit by a lone spotlight”. In fact while the lighting was not great in the room the event was held in, there where multiple lights.

“No further reparations are planned,” In fact the discussions continue between the organizers and the Native American community as to what can be done to heal from the conflict and bring greater understanding and cultural sensitivity to future events and interactions. The night ended with desires by both communities to continue the healing process.

So nice job, David, for writing a sensational article that does more to misrepresent the events surrounding the Go Native event than offer a clear depiction of facts. Your depiction only contributes to the tension that remains after what has transcribed by continuing to perpetuate the misunderstanding. What actually happened was that two groups of people came together to have a discussion in hopes of coming away with greater understanding of the other and avoiding conflict in the future. You are in fact demonstrating the same insensitivity and lack of consciousness that you are reviling in the article.

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Posted by Tras Berg on 04/01/2009 at 5:46 PM

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