On the surface OWS started off well then got completely out of hand. The 1st amendment does allow free speech, freedom to assemble and to protest but not to just live in a public or private park and create chaos for the surrounding neighborhood.
Some of my co-workers are participating in the OWS movement and I’m sure they have good intentions but they are being misled. Despite OWS attempts to stop the gropers, rapists, thieves and other nutcases it was getting out of hand. It became so dangerous for the women occupiers that a special tent for only women had to be set up along with patrols to protect the women.
There is an attempt to compare OWS to the Civil Rights movement. As we all well know there is no comparison. Dr. King may not have every last detail of the protests and sit-ins planned out perfectly but at least MLK & even the Black Panthers had an organized game plan which they followed.The marches and sit-ins all had a purpose and a goal.
Also I can’t help but think that OWS and the Tea Party are two sides of the same coin. The Tea Party has “Oreo” Herman Cain as their token black face and OWS has almost no people of color in its ranks or among their so-called organizers.
When white people find themselves in a jam all of a sudden they “need” us to jump on their bandwagon. Suddenly we are all Americans. WTF!! Then once the economy rights itself and the status quo returns and whiteys can once again get jobs then they’ll kick Black folks to the curb just as they’ve done time and time again. Black people are convenient in times of war or other national crisis then after things cool down then it’s back down the economic ladder.
Some of those same liberal white people who claim to be beating drums and marching for us all will curse me to my face and call me a nigger bitch once I put on that uniform. Even so-called alternative communities reveal what they really think of me by what comes out of their mouths. For example I used to go to the white tattoo artists for my tattoos but I finally got sick of them saying my skin was too dark for color. Too dark by whose standards. Funny my money wasn’t too green. Now I only go to the Black, Hispanic & Asian tattoo artists in my community. They don’t make those racist statements.
There is an expression in the Black community that when white America sneezes Black America catches a cold. Well white America sneezed as soon as Bush became President and since then we’ve have bronchitis and pneumonia. Where the fuck was OWS then? Oh no, it’s only when white people feel threaten that there is a so-called uprising or movement. Was OWS blind to what has been going on in urban America for the last ten or twenty years? Well I guess they fucking have.
Unemployment has been well over the national average for Black America. A random guess would be unemployment is upwards of 30% to 40%. Southeast Queens where I live has the highest foreclosure rates in the United States. The Public schools in the inner city have been failing students of color for years. But that did not fit into the OWS or white liberal equation until now. How convenient. Well I refuse to buy into this nonsense. When my so-called peers can’t give me respect in the good times don’t expect me to go along for the ride because I’m just handy to have around. We need an all inclusive grassroots movement with identifiable goals, focus, purpose & strategies.
One cynical, jaded, outspoken loud Defiant Black Woman