Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Is Oakland Occupy Wall Street Our Kent State University Moment?
Did the "Oakland Occupy Wall Street" protesters break any windows downtown Oakland or were they looters? Did they commit any violent act? Nope! They did not. In fact, they were so peaceful you would have hardly knew they were there accept for the signs and the small corner space they occupied.
Did they chant too loud or throw bricks at the police? What exactly did they do to deserve an Iraq war veteran winding up in critical condition?
Back in the 50's, 60's, and 70's people were protesting left and right about the injustices and war. Black folks were protesting discrimination and unjust laws, people were protesting a war in Vietnam that should not have been as it is the same with all wars that the rich start, but want the poor people to do their fighting for them. One protest that remains embedded in my mind that winded up like the one in Oakland was the Kent State University Massacre.
"Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis." ~~Wikipedia~~
The other protests were just as violent and more so, but it was not the people protesting who committed the violence. It was those who were supposed to protect and serve the citizens of the United States of America who were the violent ones. History repeated itself yesterday at the "Oakland Occupy Wall Street."
What did Iraq vet Scott Olsen do to deserve to wind up like this for protesting an injustice against all of the average citizens of America?
"Scott Olsen, 24, remains sedated on a respirator, in stable but critical condition at Oakland’s Highland Hospital after being hit in the head with a police projectile." ~~Jason Cherkis, Huffingtonpost~~
Is this supposed to happen to American citizens for demonstrating peacefully against injustices in America? Our taxes pay those who are supposed to protect and serve us salaries, but we are not paying their salaries for them to commit violent acts against citizens whose only crime is that they are speaking out against injustice in a peaceful manner.
Are we to believe that "The Land of the free" is not so free at all and that we are to be subjected to a Gestapo like atmosphere where our citizens can be shot down like dogs in the streets and bombed with tear gas by those that are to protect and serve us for speaking up for our rights and justice?
Yesterday, I passed by the "Oakland Occupy Wall Street" and there was nothing out of order, no one throwing bricks through business windows, no one torching a business, no one throwing bricks and bottles at the police. In fact, you would have hardly noticed them if you did not see the signs letting you know what they were there for.