are you fucking kidding me
So I’m watching the local news, WNBC. And the President was here tonight doing some fundraising. They showed him up at the Apollo in Harlem (this is when he was singing Al Green).
And OWS showed up to protest. Nothing but white kids, of course. One sign they showed had the President in a Hitler mustache and some bullshit about WW3.
Now, by all means, protest how the political process in the US and how it’s all about rich people buying access. By all means.
But can we talk about protesting our black President at the Apollo Theater in Harlem? With Hitler signs? And, the news pointed out, this particular event wasn’t even the most expensive fundraiser President Obama attended tonight. It was actually the cheapest per plate.
OWS, you want to know why POC side eye the shit out of you? This kind of thing would be why.
So, wait, because the President happens to be black and speaking at the Apollo Theater, suddenly white people are disallowed their constitutional rights to demand accountability for the crimes perpetrated by Wall Street? Or point out the fact that President Obama has encouraged these folks by promoting people into his administration that had a direct hand in it? Does the message become less important because you’re bothered by the presence of white people at a historically black-affiliated venue?
Do you know that the protest was comprised entirely of white people? Did your local news interview every participant? Or did you just get a twenty second clip and happen to see mostly white people in the crowd?
I agree that equating politicians with Hitler is patently moronic, and especially offensive given the racial implications and environment this person was in. As such, I must conclude that the person doing it was a mindless schmuck. Every movement has a portion of them, and they come in all shapes, sizes, creeds, and colors.
However, when I read this, you sounded to me just like the Wall Street crooks who think that hippies shouldn’t be allowed to protest in front of bank buildings. And if you insert the word ‘hippies’ where you typed ‘white people’, you sound every bit as dismissive as they do.
Anyway, nice move discrediting an entire protest based upon one white dumbass holding a Hitler sign. (Who could just as well be a government stooge.) That really helps us bring about the accountability we need from Wall Street.