Seasoned Activists Critique Occupy Wall Street
Not all liberal activists believe Occupy Wall Street is going about things the right way.
“There’s a difference between an emotional outcry and a movement,” said Andrew Young (pictured), who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a strategist during the civil rights movement and served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. “This is an emotional outcry. The difference is organization and articulation….”I can understand people being frustrated with Wall Street, but this just needs to be more than people voicing their frustrations and a few leaders having their 15 minutes of fame,” he said. “It is important for those who have thought through their values and objections to somehow be heard.”
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are hopeful for the movement, and Naomi Klein has a warning:
“It is a fact of the information age that too many movements spring up like beautiful flowers but quickly die off,” she said. “It’s because they don’t have roots. And they don’t have long-term plans for how they are going to sustain themselves. So when storms come, they get washed away.”Click here for reuse options!
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