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the attempt to rebrand Occupy Oakland as Decolonize Oakland was a move by identity politicians to push their narrow (minded) agenda of white-guilt and inverted hierarchy. they enlisted some native activists in their doomed campaign, at least one of whom later admitted to being hoodwinked by the decolonize jargon and regretted her part. their attempt to rebrand Occupy -- not to add "decolonize" to Occupy, but to completely supplant it, thus decoupling the activities in the Plaza from the rest of Occupy -- was rightly seen as an overreach of narrow interests over the bulk of what was bringing various people to the Plaza in the first place. just like the several attempts to cajole the General Assembly into accepting the proposals to have Occupy Oakland adhere to Non-Violence (tm), the proposal to rebrand the occupation of the Plaza was rejected by a vast majority.

if the decolonize gang had been more adept at strategic thinking and in reading the participants, they might have been able to get folks to add "decolonize" to the official public face of Occupy Oakland (there were posters around from at least day two that had "decolonize" on them in addition to "occupy" and my crew thought it was a good idea). instead, in typical authoritarian leftist style (which apparently works well with college students), they tried to ram a 100% change down the throats of people who'd already spend weeks creating the infrastructures of the camp that allowed it to survive the brutal first clearing by the cops of 7 agencies. the folks who'd created and maintained the vibe of the camp were in no mood to accept the strident dictates of sub-maoists (most of whom were completely unfamiliar to those of us who'd been there for more than a day or two) who were not accustomed to having their shitty race politics questioned, let alone rejected. the large presence of anarchists in the Plaza and at the GAs virtually guaranteed that Non-Violence (tm) and identity politics would never find a home there.