This is what Occupy Wall Street wants
"What do the protesters even want?"—The mainstream media
This is the idea framing pretty much all the mainstream Occupy Wall Street coverage that I've read so far. (Well, when they're not deriding protesters as hippies, lunatics, and petulant children.)
In light of this, I'm going to make it really simple for those who seem to be too ignorant to educate themselves about the occupy movement that is spreading around the world.
Why are people protesting? They are sick of corporate greed. They are pissed off that 10 percent of Americans own two-thirds of the country's wealth. They no longer want to have to choose between buying food or paying rent. And they are tired of a political system that is complicit in selling out its citizens, which doesn't offer any choice between Candidate A, who is owned by corporate money, and Candidate B, who is also owned by corportate money.
Here's Occupy Wall Street's draft manifesto, which outlines what the protesters want. "There is a feeling shared by a growing number of people on the streets of the world that the global economy has become a kind of Ponzi scheme, a global casino, run by and for the benefit of the 1 percent," reads the document. Want to know what they want? An end to the exploitation of the poor by the rich.
Still don't get it? The following video interviews protesters on the ground about their motives.
Still don't get it? Here are more protesters talking about what they want.
Still don't get it? Would a cartoon help? Check this one out from Mark Fiore.
Henry Rollins gets it. Keith Boykin gets it. These writers get it. Tom Morello gets it. Noam Chomsky gets it. Joseph Stiglitz gets it. Naomi Klein gets it. Dennis Kucinich gets it. Michael Moore gets it.
I mean, if you enjoy sticking your fingers in your ears while screaming "LA LA LA CAN'T HEAR YOU!", more power to you. I almost envy you in a way; I am unable to shut down my senses and pretend the world isn't going to hell in a hand basket. I'm definitely not saying you have to agree with the motives of the thousands, if not millions, of people who are protesting corporate greed. It's still a free country, and you are entitled to your opinions. I can't make you care about others if you don't want to.
However, it would be exceptionally swell if the mainstream media would stop repeating the asinine idea that these protests are directionless and get on to reporting the facts.
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