|—||Retired New York Supreme Court Judge Karen Smith, working as a legal observer after the raids on Zucotti Park this Tuesday, via Paramilitary Policing of Occupy Wall Street: Excessive Use of Force amidst the New Military Urbanism (via seriouslyamerica)|
Emotionally intense images of retired Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis - who has joined the #OccupyWallStreet protests - being arrested by the NYPD.
Captain Lewis has been outspoken against the NYPD’s wrongful use of violence against peaceful protesters.
From what I have seen, Ray Lewis’ conduct defines honor, bravery, and dignity.
There is a media blackout on images of his participation in the protest, and on his arrest:
It’s proved impossible for me to get this shot of former Philadelphia Police Cpt. Ray Lewis being arrested, published anywhere. I was adamantly rebuffed by the Philadelphia Inquirer, NYT, local NY papers, and Newsweek, before even looking at the photograph. One of the only published photos of this paradoxical and intense event is located here at the NYC Observer:
Make this viral and they will come.
Ray Lewis gets 2 posts this morning, because this needs to be seen. I’m not even sure why, but this pair of photos made me cry hysterically.
oh my god. so much props to this man. this country has turned into utter fucking insanity.
Wow. Just wow.
This makes my stomach churn.
Earlier generations have weathered recessions, of course; this stall we’re in has the look of something nastier. Social Security and Medicare are going to be diminished, at best. Hours worked are up even as hiring staggers along: Blood from a stone looks to be the normal order of things “going…
Generation X is sick of your bullshit.
The first generation to do worse than its parents? Please. Been there. Generation X was told that so many times that it can’t even read those words without hearing Winona Ryder’s voice in its heads. Or maybe it’s Ethan Hawke’s. Possibly Bridget Fonda’s. Generation X is getting older, and can’t remember those movies so well anymore. In retrospect, maybe they weren’t very good to begin with.
But Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.) Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis.
Generation X wasn’t surprised. Generation X kind of expected it.
Generation X is a journeyman. It didn’t invent hip hop, or punk rock, or even electronica (it’s pretty sure those dudes in Kraftwerk are boomers) but it perfected all of them, and made them its own. It didn’t invent the Web, but it largely built the damn thing. Generation X gave you Google and Twitter and blogging; Run DMC and Radiohead and Nirvana and Notorious B.I.G. Not that it gets any credit.
But that’s okay. Generation X is used to being ignored, stuffed between two much larger, much more vocal, demographics. But whatever! Generation X is self-sufficient. It was a latchkey child. Its parents were too busy fulfilling their own personal ambitions to notice any of its trophies—which were admittedly few and far between because they were only awarded for victories, not participation.
In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg. Generation X hasn’t had a real voice since
Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat.
Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.
Generation X is tired.
It’s a parent now, and there’s always so damn much to do. Generation X wishes it had better health insurance and a deeper savings account. It wonders where its 30s went. It wonders if it still has time to catch up.
Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone. It just wants to sit here quietly and think for a minute. Can you just do that, okay? It knows that you are so very special and so very numerous, but can you just leave it alone? Just for a little bit? Just long enough to sneak one last fucking cigarette? No?
Whatever. It’s cool.
Generation X is used to disappointments. Generation X knows you didn’t even read the whole thing. It doesn’t want or expect your reblogs; it picked the wrong platform.
Generation X should have posted this to LiveJournal.
Hey, some Xers are still in our thirties. That one exception aside, though, this is pretty fantastic.
Also, it’s possible to feel like this and still be generally supportive of the OWS movement—one doesn’t preclude the other. I am completely on board with things like overhauling the banking system, the industrial prison complex, the educational system, the healthcare system, the welfare system. I don’t like the way that we treat large corporations like they’re people with all the rights that people get. I want to dismantle the war machine, both for actual wars and the bizarre wars on abstracts that we’ve been waging for [x] years.
I mean. I assume that OWS wants those things, but I actually have no idea, since the primary thing that they’re campaigning for seems to be “change”.
Hey, remember when we voted for Obama and thought we were getting change? That worked out super well, didn’t it? So you’ll excuse me if now I think that “change” needs to be a little more clearly articulated.
The lack of a stated end goal isn’t my only hesitation with OWS. I’m not on board for things like “omg I have a degree but I have student loans and I can’t get a job and now I owe people money, no fair!” I find it deeply problematic that the movement doesn’t seem willing or able to offer any solutions instead of a cacophony of voices. It bothers me that the protestors seem not to realize that for the most part, the people who can afford to protest are the top, say, 10% of the 99%. The movement as a whole is, by and large, an inclusiveness fail, and apparently has little concern about leveling the playing field for the othered. And, yes, I think that a decent percentage of protestors are spoiled, entitled brats, and I wish that they’d quit harping about how haaaaard their lives are.
All that said, I suspect that my goals and the goals of OWS are not dissimilar, and I support the movement because of that…even if I occasionally roll my eyes.
Sciencemastering Annex West, Hypothesia Nine, Galaxy of Failure from Scenes From a Multiverse by Jonathan Rosenberg.
An incident that happened in the early days of the Occupy Wall Street protests — a New York City police officer’s pepper-spraying of some women on Sept. 24, which was caught on videotape and spread around the Web — has led to disciplinary action against the NYPD commander responsible, according to New York news outlets.
I don’t think it’s anywhere near enough but at least it’s something.
ARE YOU SHITTING ME HE LOST VACATION DAYS? IS THAT IT?
And hey, bright side—now he has that many more days on which he can pepper spray non-violent protestors! Hooray! Excellent punishment.