Posted 8 years ago on March 27, 2012, 3:46 a.m. EST by GypsyKing
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I recently read an article, proportedly by a black protester in the Hoodie March to protest the shooting of Trayvon Martin, that he was angered by his perception that the march had been "coopted" by the Occupy Wall Street movement.
I don't know if that is an oppinion held by many blacks in New York, or if the writer spoke only for himself, or if in fact the piece was just a trumped-up, divissive piece of propoganda. But it brings up a very serious issue.
When the movement first began there was a lot of concern on the part of Occupiers that our movement was being "coopted" by unions, or moveon.org, or a number of other groups in common cause, and it seems to me that this issue is completely moot, because a leaderless movement cannot be coopted. It is simply an impossibility, as the Ron Paul Crowd has learned the hard way.
According to the last, probably reliable poll that I have seen - the Pew Research poll taken in mid-December - the majority of Americans are in favor of the Occupy Movement. Given that fact, it seems the last thing we should concern ourselves with is either "coopting" or being "coopted by" some other group that is in essential agreement with us.
This kind of divisiveness should be avoided at all costs, so that we can focus on our common opposition; the oligarchy, and those who are coerced or bribed into supporting them.
Rather then disputing with those we are in basic agreement with we should be reaching out and trying, for example, to garner union support for the May 1st general strike. That day will be a test of our movements credibility, and I suggest that we do all we can to promote, to include, and to use reasoned debate to sway those silent masses in support of us into active support, and simply refrain altogether from becomming caught up in disputes with any groups who are our potential allies and have a stake in our cause.
In the case of America's unions, if they decline to cooperate with the May 1st general strike, then I think their legitimacy is very much in question.