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From: "Andrew Phelps" <>

Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 23:33:20 -0700

Subject: [s-acc] lunch counter management



When the "2nd class person" tries to join in at the lunch counter, that presents a problem for the lunch counter management. How does one manage [the person’s] "2nd class behavior" in a business like manner? Denial of discrimination is one strategy. Construction of an engagement process that accommodates that behavior is another.

In Berkeley, at 1AM this morning, the City Council voted 6-3 to embrace the "denial" approach. About 50 persons spoke, including myself and Michael Diehl and Pattie Wall, including also about 10 from the "downtown merchants" who advocated denial. It looks like "sit-lie" will go to the voters in November. :-( The 80 people left in the chamber were "hopping mad," while the 3 Council members who supported them embraced the "madness advocacy" with agreement and fervor.

Politically, that means to me that Berkeley faces a change, where the recognition of the prevailing process of behavior management as oppression is now "on the table." What Bryant Welch wrote in his "State of Confusion" about the political misdirection of today's clinical practice has become .. ordinary politics. The final version "sit-lie" flyer is now HERE – and just prior to the meeting I added the phrase "The ‘TREATMENT BUCKET’ is a SHAMEFUL arrangement." Now, I can see that "treatment kettle" (which is police talk) might have been the more apt phrase. [!]

In South Carolina in 1968 a peaceful rally at S.C. State Univ. in Orangeburg was attacked by the State Police and 26 persons were taken down and shot in the foot so they could learn "good behavior." In 1989 Sue Poole became a reporter for the Orangeburg Times and Democrat, and she got to interview the people involved and learned the "inner politics" of that history. One article she wrote there is on my website HERE. And it looks like the "turning point" in Berkeley has put the old manner of discrimination-based social control "out in plain view" and the look of the "madness way of being" will become increasingly a matter of attention and interest.


ABO "Andrew Behavior Object"