AnnArbor.com posted something about today’s Occupy Ypsi teach-in at Woodruff’s. As it’s a short piece, and as I don’t come across as terribly articulate, I wasn’t going to link to it, but then I noticed the comments. Here are the top three, as voted on by the readers of AnnArbor.com.
I think it’s cool that the highest rated comment (just barely) was positive. I also find it interesting that, of the three, the first was the only one written by someone willing to identify himself by name. I think there’s a great deal of meaning in that.
I like the second comment. I think it’s funny. I find it humorous that there are 15 AnnArbor.com readers that really think that the people attending today’s teach-in would be deterred by folks offering jobs, as though this whole movement is about people who don’t want to find work. I love this notion that jobs are the kryptonite of the movement. “Sure,” this commenter is probably thinking, “they’re willing to have jackbooted riot cops shoot streams of pepper spray down their throats until they’re coughing up blood, but I know that they’d run for the hills if handed a Bed Bath & Beyond application.” It’s bullshit. First off, almost everyone I know of who is coming to today’s event has a job, and works damn hard. Many of them work more than one job, in fact. This isn’t about people that want to live on the government dole. This, as hard as it is for people to accept the fact, is about our desire to live in a true democracy, where we all play by the same rules, pay our taxes, and send our kids to good schools, confident in the knowledge that, if they apply themselves, they might have decent lives as well. This is about fighting for a system where we aren’t putting 60 kids in a grade school classroom, and discussing the rollback of child labor laws, all while spending our hard-earned tax dollars on the bonuses of bankers and ill-informed military excursions abroad. This is about ending the bush tax cuts for the wealthy and salvaging what’s left of our middle class… And, on top of it all, this comment is offensive because there aren’t jobs to be had. With retired professionals going back into the workforce in order to make ends meet, there aren’t jobs for new college graduates, let alone people in high school.
And, as for the third comment, I’d like to say something, but I don’t know that I understand it. Seriously, I can’t make sense of it. If someone could interpret, I’d appreciate it. Maybe one of the 14 people who up-voted it could help me out… First, I think he’s saying that we, the people of Ypsilanti, shouldn’t be protesting the fact that American wealth is concentrating in the hands of the 1% that control our nation, and write our laws, because none of them live here. Which, to me is kind of like saying to blacks living under the system of Apartheid, back in the 80’s, that they shouldn’t protest the system, as none of their white oppressors lived in Soweto. If anything, I think that’s more reason to protest, but, then again, I’m just a lazy fucker that wants a free ride though life… I could go on, but I’d rather focus on preparing for this afternoon’s guillotine building workshop.