Saturday, October 22, 2011

Headline of the day

All right, dear people. Run, don't walk, over to Huffington Post and read this:

Here are some excerpts that especially got my attention:

One of the most striking images I witnessed at the demonstration was a young black man holding a sign that read "End NYPD Violence!" in front of a group of police officers.

The officers quickly challenged his accusation. But the young man didn't leave. Next, the police turned away and ignored him. But he still didn't leave. Then the officers chuckled and let out an unexpected laugh when they realized the man wasn't going away. The scene was confrontational, but definitely not violent.
Although I supported the concept of the Occupy Wall Street movement when I first heard of it, I admit I didn't think the group had much to offer me. From what I could see in the media, they were well-educated, well-intentioned young white people...

I was wrong.

What I found was a wide-ranging group of people from various backgrounds, young and old, male and female, black, white, Latin, Asian and mixed. It was the essence of New York, the reason why I moved to this city 10 years ago.
To watch some of the media coverage of the movement, you would think the protest was filled with long-haired hippies left over from the 1960s.... There were high school-aged kids with their parents, college students in their school sweatshirts, men in business suits, mothers with baby carriages, people with jobs, people who were unemployed, white-haired retirees...

Do go read the rest of the piece. It's not very long and it's very illuminating.


  1. Anonymous7:18 PM

    That is a great article...thank you Ellie.

    The description re: diversity of the protesters was great...made me laugh, especially the line about,

    "one person appeared to be dressed in pajamas".

    How wonderful to have a modern movement using the principles of Dr. King and the Good Neighbor principles as well. How wonderful of you to draw our attention to such important details.

    annie c

  2. Thanks so much for the comment, Annie. It's an amazing movement, isn't it? I hope it doesn't fizzle out.

  3. Anonymous7:44 PM

    how can it when it's motivating principles are based on timeless truths?

    annie c

  4. Good article -- thanks for sharing it with all of us! Wish I were there -- the nearest "occupy" places are either Memphis or Nashville for us, but our health precludes our participation anyway. We are with the protesters in spirit... the images of the tear-gassed protesters in Oakland, CA are terrible - do not be surprised if that happens in more places in the coming weeks.


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