Occupying Leads to a Void
By Omar Shabazz
After spending the night and weeks prior to the occupation losing sight of the value of sleep by working on my thesis (In hopes of a publication), I’m glad that I fell into a voluntary coma instead of going to “Occupy Cleveland.” All of my admiration for the extremist of love, Cornel West, does not shine upon the hundreds that have filed out to this protest or the one on Wall Street.
I view protests as I view charity… it gives a man a fish. People fall in line, leave work and fight for a cause they hardly understand and send all their energy and frustrations to no avail into thin air… what does Wall Street, Cleveland, Kent or any of these petty protests have to do with the top 2% of this country besides the fact that the top 2% are not present? The reason I compare these protests to charity is that even if one was to give away the contents of their wallet, their home and stocks (although it’s more than likely spare change or five bucks if one feels generous), the issue, pangs and terror of living in poverty, being homeless and being unemployed are more than apparent within the lives of the panhandler. After the marches, shouts, and signs proclaiming corporations and robots people… they’re ignorant to the fact that they are solving nothing. There is no organization, there is no agenda; it’s solely a group complaining who know little to nothing about the issue at hand. Their ignorance is evident because there has been more than enough information about the economic disparities between classes, sex, and race for decades prior to. One can easily search online for this information of the deficit spending of the presidents and debt collected to know that it was not Obama who rose the debt limit but Reagan and both Bushes. These current protestors know nothing about the issue and file out now, after the fact, to state their anger and frustration because the issues are now affecting them. Just as one who works in a soup kitchen or donates money, the issues of poverty still persist.
These protestors do nothing but serve as a pale reflection of the marches, demonstrations and riots during the 60s and 80s.
Instead of wasting my time and energy, shouting and being hosed down, bitten by dogs and breaking out into flash mobs. I’m going to spend my time teaching men to fish. By sitting down, researching, educating myself, speaking to the parties being victimized and the benefactors, then collaborating with like-minded people in order to form solutions and initiatives to solve these issues. Sun Tzu said “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” What is true in war is true within obtaining one’s rights! Within an empire, one has to fight for their right to life… especially when they are not taught the Declaration of Independence or the Preamble to the constitution. The reasons why the march on Washington, the demonstrations by Harvey Milk and Deathstar exploded was because there was first organization and an agenda set, the SCLU, Gay community within San Francisco, and Jedi Council. These groups took position, raised awareness, educated the masses and then launched their plan. Obtaining civil rights and kicking out the old scaly pale man that birthed Rumsfeld.
Now this is not to say movements such as the occupations have no worth. Civil disobedience to unjust rule is an American’s duty! Self-Determination is an American’s duty! And assisting one’s fellow being is humanity’s duty. However, without proper direction, without an agenda, without knowledge of the battle that is being faced… these movements are and will always be useless.