Welcome back to The Block. Today, I would like to introduce a new category, one that requires a little more interaction from The Block fam. It’s called Square Biz, Foul Ball, or Black Hand. This is an opportunity to look at current events and weigh in on what you think about it. Is it Square Biz? Where even if you don’t like it, you gotta respect it. If it’s right its right. Is it Foul Ball? You know, the type of stuff that makes you want to kick in the door waving the 44!! Is it wronger than wearing argyle socks with Jesus sandals? Or is it Black Hand? I’m talking full fledged C-O-N-spiracy!! I’ll present the facts, but the final decision is left up to you.
Today on Square Biz, Foul Ball, or Black Hand I present…..
Occupy Wall Street is protest against corporate greed, social and economic inequality, and the influence of lobbyist and big money on the U.S. government. Occupy has slowly gained momentum and direction over the past two weeks and has also began to garner attention via national media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. The movement has also gained a following amongst some of the most famous people in our country. Bun B, Lupe, Russell Simmons, and host of other famous people have all joined the movement to voice the concerns of “the 99%”. Since it started on September 17, 70 other cities or sites have joined the protest. It is difficult to read your social media timelines without seeing something about the #Occupy movement. The goals of the protest vary from none existent to somewhat vague depending on the source, but overall it is a call to stop overlooking the average American. There are stories about college degree’d (I just made that up) individuals with over 100k in student loan debt that can’t get a job paying over minimum wage. #Occupy is highlighting people in danger of losing their homes after being laid off and not being able to find the same level of employment or having their job outsourced to a foreign country. One of its goals is to highlight the plight of the shrinking Middle Class of America in an effort to change legislation and ideals on how corporations should run their businesses and how government should be responsible to its constituents. There have been many comparisons to the Arab Spring movement that started in Sudan and spread all over the Middle East, most notably in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.
Recently, after criticism of a lack of focus, the #Occupy protesters have begun to submit more concentrated and specific “demands”. The rhetoric amongst some of the protesters has shifted to what legitimately can be called a more militant tone, hinting that violence is not out of the question if things don’t change.
So my question is this…Are the Occupy Wall Street protest Square Biz, Foul Ball, or Black Hand? Are they a bunch of hippies asking for world peace or representative of the American general public and the struggles we face? Is this just something to occupy our minds while more important issues or avenues of change are being overlooked? More importantly, will it work? Let’s talk about it.