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#Occupy: Is it worth it?


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…..

#OccupyWallstreet

Occupy Wall Street Flyer

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.

 

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9 thoughts on “#Occupy: Is it worth it?

  1. yes indeed… i believe in the protest.. I recall when i Iwas in 6th grade and i particpated in a march for me to attend Clara Barton School; where blacks went int he afternoon and whites went in the mornings…. I believe that sometimes the people need to TAKE A STAND!

    • When you were marching, it was for a distinct purpose and goal. It was also more of a concrete idea – let black kids in the school. These protest are about ideals and concepts. these protest are the whispers of revolution carried on the winds of CHANGE, echoing YES WE CAN, even if YOU WON’T! This is the type of stuff civil unrest and martial law are made of.

  2. Definitely not Black Hand, but I’m not completely sure that it’s square biz either. I would lean more towards foul ball, not because it makes me mad that people are talking about this or that what they are talking about is inaccurate; in fact i think that the people (especially those highlighting some of the issues in the posted commercial) are dead on. My problem is that the wrong people are advocating for the equality. America is and has always been the Land of Opportunity for those who can garner the Power; that power usually being tied into not necessarily the big wallets, but more importantly the bigger accumulation of wealth. Manifest destiny was not about exploration, it was about dominating anyone who was in the path of securing long term wealth. Slavery was purely about working the land for it’s natural resources so that those in power could amass more wealth. They went after Africans because of their unfamiliarity of the land which they were working versus because of the color of their skin. Segregation was propaganda created by the country’s elite and powerful so that poor white and poor blacks could focus on why they hated each other based on their physical differences and as a result keeping them from focusing on their common bond, which was being poor. Until you get those who have monopolized the power in this country to come out in support of equality to all and in all areas…all it will be is a protest with fluctuating levels of commitment and energy.

  3. but isn’t that what’s happening, the people with power supporting the cause. (you didn’t click on the “people” link to see all the heavy hitters in support of #Occupy) There are very powerful people supporting the protest. does that change you vote foul ball to square biz?

    • Rosanne Barr, Lupe, Michael Moore…those heavy hitters…man i’m talking about the real people who have power, people we don’t see on the daily. people who aren’t in the news and the limelight. I mean this is going to sound a bit “blackhandish” but people who don’t report their income and wealth status to FORBES. Those people with the power. I could go all spiritual here, but I won’t. I just believe that what is seen is not nearly as compelling or real as what is unseen.

  4. I’m with Caesar. Somewhere in between Square Biz and Foul Ball. My definition may definitively fall in either camp depending on whether any of these unemployed hipsters actually vote in upcoming local, state, and national elections. While I agree the infiltration of corporate money in politics is sickening, it’s nothing new. Nothing new under the sun. Our generation has a knack for enjoying a better standard of living than past generations, being complacent, and expecting someone to fix our problems. I see signs indicating folks have generated $100,000 in education debt and can’t afford to pay it. While I agree there are many more handouts and tax breaks for those who don’t need them – who told you that you had to get a PhD in Art History without working a job? Who told you it was Columbia/Harvard/Yale or nothing? I guess I was just raised to spend what you could afford. Sorry for the rant, but ultimately unless these protests encourage folks to take more personal responsibility in their personal finances and active involvement in their government – it’s all for naught. Fun to be on TV and “have your voice heard”, but more difficult to work hard and fulfill the rights of citizenship.

    • Ed, you mentioned voting in local, state, and national elections. but I ask “how am I supposed to feel what the President spoke, when they ain’t rolled through the hood, ain’t never been broke” If the political message we get on the campaign trail is one we can’t identify with or one that changes as soon as they get into office, what is the point in voting

      *pats myself on the back for playing a good devil’s advocate*

      • I appreciate the devil’s advocacy. However, last time I checked, barring a violent takeover of the institutions in power (government, banks, etc.), voting is our tool of change in a developed democracy. I don’t buy the “woe is me, the politician doesn’t relate to me” excuse for not voting. Don’t like who’s running for office? Well step right up and run for office yourself. Get involved in local political advocacy groups. Like one party over the other? Get involved in party politics. I’m one of the most cynical guys I know, but the power of democracy is strong. Matter of fact, it’s as strong as we want it to be. The more we check out (for various reasons), the weaker our democracy becomes. Like my old man used to tell me “you can get a lot accomplished by simply showing up”. So, unless these protesters have a more effective manner in which to eliminate corporate influence in public policy, I’d advise them to head right on down the the registrar’s office and register to vote. Other than that, they can sit their asses down. At home.

  5. I think the Occupy movement is a combination of Foul Ball and Black Hand. The current movement represents a generic message that will overly expose how business is done in Washington DC; not just on Wall Street. I am saying “Foul Ball” because Washington DC represents both political parties that continue to do backdoor deals that only transfer wealth to a very few. Both policial parties have done nothing but deregulate greed and devalue ethics via public policy while the ultra greedy and their legislative cohorts have wrought havoc upon the world economy. Now to the black hand part, a majorty of minorities dont have access to monetary systems and wealth building because we’ve been denied the opportunit­­y to build our own institutio­­ns and wealth for centuries; and now this is starting to happen with middle class. The American Humanist Associatio­­n published an article which argued that if emancipate­­d slaves had been allowed to possess and retain the profits of their labor, their descendant­­s might now control a much larger share of American social and monetary wealth.

    Here is why I do think the Occupy movement will work……The fact of the matter is that the United States was built by citizens of all sorts — slaves, school-teachers, entrepreneurs, and etc. What is missing is a form of a social and perhaps monetary gaurantee between generations and class levels, under which “market-winners” in one era assure a fair starting point for their fellow citizens who succeed them. In other words, it’s ok for the elite to have public policy in their favor, but common folk needs that same degree of representation. Hopefully, the movement would instill a sense of democratic capitalism which put Wall Street decisively at the service of ordinary citizens(not just corporate fat cats); I mean, they do have our money right(retirement funds, banks, etc)?

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