Seen at The Unwanted Blog but too good not to, er, "borrow," it seems the homeless are showing up at Occupy Wall Street in significant numbers. Free food! A park you can crash in without getting rousted! -- and it's not a nice, neat Hollywood-movie bunch but the full panoply of folks who have fallen -- or leapt -- through the cracks.
The hot rumor is that NYPD is sending them; I suspect this seriously underestimates the resourcefulness and gumption of homeless people.
I'd like to think this would be a teachable moment for OWS participants but what I'm reading suggests that instead, they're aghast -- agog! -- that their privileged paleface protest/experiment in anarchy isn't being shielded from ugly reality by the strong arm of the State.
Not how it works, citizens. You tell us how you're out there in public space (privately-owned Zuccotti Park), speaking for the vast masses? Then you share that space, and you'd best do so with at least as much grace as the moguls and cubicle-dwellers whose public space you chose to move into with your protest. C'mon -- show us how it's done. Or admit you're mostly in this to pick up dates and outrage Mom and Dad in bleakest whitebread suburbia, grinding away to put your scrawny rump through college.
(Y'know, when the Sikhs set out a meal for all comers -- it's a religious obligation -- I've yet to hear any report of them whining about who shows up, or that folks ate too much. When the food runs low, they cook up more -- and it's all hands-on and self-funded: no hired help, no free money from the .gov. Oh, and the purpose of the exercise? "...[T]o uphold the principle of equality between all people regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status...." There's a message there, and one OWS participants are missing: be the change you want to see in the world. But I guess it's more fun to whine while someone else does the heavy lifting.)
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