Mohamed Bouazizi was one of the leading catalysts of the Arab Spring. He was not only an inspiration for Aya Virginie Toure, a peace activist for the women’s nonviolent movement in the Ivory Coast, or the Ukrainian protesters seceding from Russia’s influence, but for our very own Cameron Whitten.
Raised in a homogenous community of white people in Virginia, Whitten said he was shielded from the abuse of racism at school. But his home life was filled with problems. He describes his father as “Darth Vader,” a man who had a force grip on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of Cameron, his siblings, and his mother.
Fueled by his childhood experience of abuse and trauma, Whitten abruptly left Virginia at the age of eighteen and ended up in Portland, where he experienced homelessness for many years and lived what it was like to be treated as an outcast of society. As a “baby activist,” he volunteered with many different service organizations, before organizing his first protest with Occupy Portland, inspired by the spirit of Bouazizi and the Arab Spring. This was his breakout moment, as Portland’s most famous young activist.
Hear the story of Cameron Whitten—not the activist, not the humanitarian, not the young politician-- the man.