Posted 11 years ago on Nov. 22, 2011, 10:36 p.m. EST by madcat
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I wasn't sure what to think of this occupy thing at first, so I decided to visit my local occupation in person. I talked to a quite a few different people, who had a variety of reasons for being there, usually involving the environment, corporate greed, and government corruption. But not one of them complained about being broke or jobless. I didn't see any signs that said "Find me a job", or "Give me money". People said they were there to protest about the world's problems, not their own problems. I did end up talking to many of them about what they did for a living as well, and found many who did have full time jobs, including some nurses, teachers, lawyers, office workers, but for sure there was some jobless as well.
It seams like some people are under the impression that the protesters are just out there to have fun at the tax payers expense. I'm not sure how much fun it is to sleep out in the cold in a tent, knowing that at any moment you could be pepper sprayed and arrested by the police. When you direct your anger towards the protesters, you are doing exactly what those who caused the financial collapse want you to do: direct attention away from them. Corporate leaders have been putting their own desires ahead of everything else in the world, and the government has done next to nothing about it. What kind of message are we sending them if we hear about this sort of thing and just let it happen? What kind of precedent does that set?
I've also heard people say, "It's their money and they've worked hard to earn it, so don't they deserve to do what they want with it?" Would you play a game of Monopoly with a person who can change the rules whenever they want? Would you think highly of this person if they win the game? This is what happens when government allows corporations have such heavy influence over them. They change the rules, and oh look, they win.
So please, next time you're tempted to shout out "Occupy a Job" to a protester (who might very well have a job), is it too much to ask that you try to have an open mind?