This post isn’t about what’s wrong with Occupy Wall Street (OWS) or Occupy Canada (OC). This post is about why I think WHY critics don’t think it will last.
I was going to comment on OWS/OC sooner than I thought I could but I thought it would be best that I just wait. It wasn’t that I didn’t know much about it. It’s actually quite simple to understand: the majority of a country’s wealth is being “occupied” by a small amount of persons aka corporations and well, people are fed up.
Well, the majority of the people are fed up. And just who are the majority? When I hear the word “majority,” I think “white” or “non-minority.” And that’s just it, OWS and OC is a, in my opinion, a “white-movement.”
People have been living in poverty for years in Canada. Heck even without access to clean drinking water or without access to properly built schools–that’s right here in Canada! People have even been living in poverty and lack of proper housing in America. Why now? What happened in the last bit that people are revolting… By. The. Majority.
With the Occupy Movements, the same questions are being raised over and over again. Questions like, What do they want? or Why don’t the protesters just go out vote if they want change? or Can this be anything worthwhile? or “Why ‘Occupy Wall Street’?”
There are some good points raised in each of the links I just shared both in question and answer form. The thing that still makes me ponder is, Can this movement really go anywhere? Maybe. I certainly hope it does. For those on OWS, they stuck around since September 17. For Canada, they stuck around for one day or two. Then, for those that had jobs, a family, and a home to tend to, they all went back to “normal” come Monday morning. Can the Occupy Canada movement really gain momentum within its own country? I am not totally convinced. I say this because they haven’t really defined who they are. Look at the civil rights movement: the minority fighting for basic rights. Or the feminist movement: females fighting for basic rights. American Indian Movement: Aboriginals fighting for basic rights. I highlight the words “basic rights” for a reason. That reason being is that the Occupiers are not really fighting for anything but lack of jobs or lack of income or perhaps the “demise of the one-income family.”
When people fight for what they believe to be their own “rights,” there will always be another group that will suffer or be oppressed. So the occupiers, I believe, must ask themselves, which group do they want to oppress or cause to suffer because they want their rights to come to forefront and be recognized? Oh wait, that’s right, this is the very same movement that has caused the further colonization and further lack of recognition of basic rights for minority groups. There is currently only one movement that has changed it’s own name out of respect of Native Americans and that is the (un)occupy movement in New Mexico. So maybe the correct term for this strange group of majority should be the (un)occupiers. The (un)occupiers then must be willing to recognize that their own fight for what they believe to be their own basic rights will further oppress some group or other individuals within their own country.
Another interesting question that I continue to ask myself when I read over articles and look at the pictures: Who are the “(un)occupiers”? They vary. Doctors. Educators. Artists. Nurses. Employed. Unemployed. Educated. Uneducated. There is, in fact, not much any solidarity among the group to begin with: it is just a bunch of white people coming together fighting against other white people. Not much news going on there. I believe that if they really want solidarity then they must be ready to define themselves! Or perhaps the majority aka the white people have committed so much terrible acts of labeling that they are too afraid to apply a label to themselves.
So, in my opinion, in order for this so-called occupy movement to gain any momentum or any wind in the direction they want it to go in they must be willing to recognized that they are continuing to oppress and that they must be willing to apply a label to their own selves in order to create at the very least some true solidarity. By recognizing that they will continue to do the very act that they are fighting against, then their movement might go somewhere. Most certainly, when they are ready to define who they are, instead of being just a bunch of white, educated people coming together then it might make sense as to what is really going on to everyone else out there in the world.
But don’t worry (un)occupiers, I understand what you are fighting for. The only real question the (un)occupiers must ask themselves is, “Do YOU know what YOU are fighting for?”