Guest Post: Hey, Occupy This

by Lavern Merriweather

I haven’t heard very much about the whole ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement lately, and I can only hope it means that all the nonsense is finally over. I for one have never been a fan of that bullshit, and the main reason why is because it seemed like nothing more than an excuse for a bunch of spoiled, bored, stuck-up, clueless white kids from the suburbs to whine about how the very ‘establishment’ that they were bitching about wasn’t taking care of them like they wanted. What offended me most was all the complaints about the police brutality, especially in New York. Oh, you mean officer friendly isn’t always so? Well there’s a non- revelation to those of us that have spent years trying to inform sheltered white people that instead of officer friendly, we get disrespect and billy clubs.

I still have yet to figure out just what exactly they were supposed to have accomplished and who exactly were they complaining for. I certainly don’t feel like my circumstances have improved much after some whiny, privileged, young yuppie wannabe white kids were stinking up public parks and blasting Coldplay, because they are pissed that they didn’t get the American Dream soon enough. It’s very reminiscent of white kids on college campuses across the country that were protesting during the Vietnam War. Make no mistake, those kids didn’t give a rat’s ass about all the poor black, Puerto Rican and Italian kids that had to fight over there. No, they just didn’t want it to be their turn once the nation had rid itself of the lower class heroes.

The liberal agenda has always been the same white people who are just as well off and pampered as their counterparts put on a good show about how they sympathize with the little guy and are out to fight the good fight when it’s really nothing more than a temper tantrum against mommy and daddy. Please, stop confusing your act of rebellion as a call for change.

I recall vividly a commenter on another website saying that even though many of those kids in the sixties were singing a song of idealism, they still never strayed too far from the financially supportive teat of their parents. And we are seeing the end result of that. Now, those so-called idealistic people saying ‘fight the power’ are now appointing people like Adolf Rudolph Guilani as their Lord and Savior or whatever brutish white male thug in power who will treat black lives as expendable, lest any of us forget the responses that the Amadou Diallo and Abner Louima travesties got from him or how the current mayor of New York is handling the murder of Sean Bell by trigger happy cop assholes. But let some white people pitching tents and resurrecting Woodstock get overly manhandled by New York’s finest and heads start rolling.

I pretty sure most of the people ‘occupying’ aren’t anything like the people that they are supposedly speaking on behalf of. You know, the ones who actually have to get up and go to work every day to feed their families. People that don’t have time to dance, play guitars all day and eat free food on picnic benches. Why don’t we ask them if they feel any solidarity with the complainers and I’ll bet the answer would be a big fat stinking no. That’s because the people really on the bottom are too far down for those occupying to notice, except when they want lawns mowed, babies sat or taxis driven. I’ll take a wild guess and bet that the only times they have ever actually even met those said little people is in service situations because it damn sure wouldn’t be while they are at play in a park.

The working class don’t have the time for it, and the ones who know all too well the savagery of brutish cops most likely do everything they can to avoid a reason to have any contact with them. See, we don’t have the luxury of looking for trouble because we know what will happen to us even when we are not. Granted, those stories do make the nightly news as well, but usually, it’s followed with heartless comments by ignorant white people defending the behavior of the guilty parties no matter how shitty it is.

There are some in this country who still believed the cops in the late Rodney King case, even when the people who manufactured his vehicle, said it was impossible for his car to be going at that speed. So, the cops are more credible than the people who built the damn thing?

I take it back. That’s not ignorance. That’s just being a purely racist dick that refuses to acknowledge the tribulations those not like you have to suffer daily. You don’t get to expect those same people who you denied when they cried out to you for understanding to now be at your beck and call. Here’s a place that you can occupy. It’s a room with a sign on the door that says ‘I told you so’.


23 thoughts on “Guest Post: Hey, Occupy This

  1. I totally was in the dark about that Occupy Wall Street business. It just looked like a bunch of white priviledged trust fund brats whinning about nothing. I just could’nt be bothered with that foolishness. It’s funny how it just went away. I still don’t know what they were supposed to be protesting.

    1. I wondered if other Occupy movements had any plan. It appears that no significant change was made. No statement was made clear. Nothing. I wasn’t even sure what OWS was really about, aside from being pissed off at the hyper-rich.

  2. This pretty much outlines why I never thought much of the Occupy Movement. That and their lack of a core ideal. Unlike actual social justice movements, this one clearly had no idea what exactly they were protesting. It came across less like a movement and more like a cluster of whiners bitching about nothing.

    1. I haven’t thought much of it either aside from a couple of posts. I never knew what the protesters wanted exactly. Did they even have a point plan? This made me wonder what they were doing out there.

  3. My sentiments exactly, Althought I closely follow their media and visited a encampment – it may have been a way been establishment interest to head off any real movement.
    As to the participants at an encampment I visited, the white ones where defiantly not interested in any serious change and the others – black and latino where just following along.

    Even Their rhetoric was unrealistic – 99 percent vs the 1 percent ,occupy government property to change what? social policy,economic ,foreign.
    Do what other than garrantee police action.

    I could have pulled a better “movement” out of my ass.

    But guess whose support they had – the very media establishments that regularly distort and exclude p.o.c, their father/mother owned ,big brother/sister operated and staffed media outlets.

  4. This hits the nail on the head on exactly why I can’t get into Occupy. I get Kony 2012 vibes from it.

    The truth of the matter is that many of these kids were sitting there, smiling and happy as a clam, bragging about how they “earned” their “nonexistant” privilege (unlike everyone else, right?) and that we should just sit happy with it because it was “fair” a few years ago. But now, because they are just starting to get a tiny taste of the kind of economic inequality and lack of support that has plagued immigrants and communities of color for generations (and I almost get sick and comparing the two situations, because having to compete a little more in order to get a job doesn’t compare to being denied the opportunity to try just because of what you look like)…its time to fight back? But I guess that’s “acceptable”, it is only unfair when the young white kids can’t rely on their white network and legacy admissions to open the door for them anymore.

    Heh, I have disavowed it since I watched Occupiers refuse to support blacks protesting Trayvon Martin’s shooting and subsequent treatment by the police because black people weren’t “nice enough” to them. Its about THEM, first and foremost, not the people who they’re so “outraged” about.

    1. It’s like seeing a mass invasion of spoiled children crying for their bikes they saw in the stores. When they can’t get them, they throw temper tantrums until they get tired and sulk home.

      1. Yep! Cept these guys already have a bike and are just mad it isn’t as shiny as the newer model is. They’re not too worried about the poor kid who can’t even hope to get the bike they take for granted lol.

  5. Also, (sorry about this, I pressed post a little too soon)

    They call themselves “Occupy”, which kind of bothers me, considering that indigenous people all over the world are where they are specifically because they were “occupied”. Occupying land that never belong to you and was stolen anyways, doesn’t endear me to your movement, I guess.

      1. How does one “occupy” land that was already occupied and taken from the original owners, and not even mention fighting that kind of exploitation in their agenda?

        Have you heard much input from black people who have attempted to participate in the Occupy movement? Or have you yourself? As a PoC I have kind of been skeeved off of it due to the kind of area I’m in for reasons mentioned above.

      2. I heard a few testimonies and after that, I just gave up caring about the whole thing. It was obvious that a majority of those people were spoiled as hell.

      3. Yeah, I had my own experiences with people from the movement which disappointing me, only because at first it seemed like something that could unite a lot of people. I just got frustrated that, yet again, it just became the same old thing. Just like feminism.

        .I remember talking with a Occupy supporter in relation to the point I made that its arrogant to take credit for fighting economic inequality while reinforcing racial inequality. Lets just say…When Occupy supporters go into rants on how the movement isn’t about “the blacks” because you supposedly had your “chance” and messed it up, which isn’t “their fault”…you come to realize that they have no real direction that is relevant to anyone who has to deal with actual unfairness in this system. I might not be part of “the blacks” but I sure as hell know when to stay away from people who would talk about an entire race that way yet still brag about their “fighting the good fight”.

  6. What a pointed pen and appropriate tone. This is real quality. And it’s on point. I felt really disappointed when speaking to one of our Sisters who explained how she looked forward to OWS’ revival, despite that you can’t even expect Europeans to uplift us, let alone those bozos.

    1. I admit that I thought this was something major that all people could relate, but I heard how some of the white protesters were whining about having POC speak their minds. After that, I just said ‘to hell with the movement’, and as I’ve seen they had no real plan of action.

  7. These clowns can sit and spin. They had one of these G8 meetings in Toronto a couple of years ago and the cops got all heavy handed on those white folks. They herded them into makeshift jails with little or no proper washroom facilities, stripped searched them you name it. When I read their accounts I thought this experience was good for them as they now experienced first hand the treatment meted out to many black folks.

  8. A little joke about whose problems get attended to in America:

    What do you call it when white people have 7% unemployment? A recession.

    What do you call it when black people have 7% unemployment? A bull market!

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