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.


Kandake CimCiptivan said...

This is so saddening. I saw the pictures too. I hope he makes a good recovery. He's a trooper. I know he can make it. Also granny the trolls from you blog and prob from field negro's blog tried to come to mine.I denied their asses! I think u should moderate your comments too. Foolishness can be left at the door. No one is backing down or being scared cause a couple of over grown elementary schoolers cant deal with someone else exercising free speech. TOO BAD LOSERS.

SouthernGirl2 said...

Hello Granny!

Thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers, words of encouragment and donation to help during my devastating crisis. I can't tell you how grateful I am of your kindness & generosity. It brought tears to my eyes seeing your outpouring of love for me and my family. Bless you, Granny! You are always an inspiration for so many. Thank you from the bottom of heart.


Black Diaspora said...

The powers that be want you to believe it can't happen here--that is, what happened in the Arab Spring. Yet, we know it happened to blacks in the sixties, and well before then to those who marched during the Bonus Movement.

When all is said and done, the moneyed interest, and the elite, will be protected from the angry--as Glenn Beck describes the Occupy Wall Street Movement protestors--"Radicals, revolutionaries, communists, socialists, and Islamists who are not on the same page on a lot of stuff, [and who] will gather together to end the capitalist system and the Western way of life."

If the protesters insist on challenging the status quo, they will learn quickly who it is that really runs this country, and for whom it was formed in the first place--the plutocrats and the wealthy class.

The plutocrats are still in charge, and will be protected with the full might of this country from the "huddled masses yearning to be free" from the abuses of the 1%-ers.

Anonymous said...

dear Granny, I am almost afraid to post on your blog because you discriminate against all anons. That is not fair.

I thought you believed in the First Amendment. Why can't I freely express my opinions like others on your blog? This is discrimination.

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Elton said...

That was not a peaceful protest. OWS Oakland had been run by a bunch of thugs and lowlifes and they initiated the battle with police. I feel sorry for Scott Olsen but bad things happen when you choose to be part of a violent mob.

Anonymous said...

Amen, Elton. You are exactly right.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

I believe in free speech, but what I do not believe in is giving a platform to a bunch of confusion. Nope, it's not discrimination, it is maintaining order and a peaceful environment for those who read my blog to come. So, therefore, take note, I'm not going to tolerate a bunch of confusion and it is as simple as that!

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Elton, since when did working class people and college students become thugs and lowlifes? Sorry, but your statement does not make any logical sense.

Redeye said...

Elton, anon =FED UP

Anonymous said...

dear Granny, why can't you accept me, as I am? Why can't I voice my opinion without being blocked or deleted?

Why must you make me feel like I am not wanted? The Whites don't want me and now you are telling me the Blacks don't want me? I am so depressed. It's hard being Black.

Anonymous said...

Granny, why don't you post something about what to do when an earthquake hits? I am fairly new to the Bay Area and would love to hear your take on what to do. Also, it might save some lives.

Anonymous said...

anon, there is nothing you can do when an earthquake hits except run with a bottle of Jack Daniels.

The Bay Area is a sinful place and will eventually be swallowed up by the earth when the BIG ONE hits. I have preached and preached but nobody is listening.