#OWS Now in Color!

Occupy Wall Street just got a taste of Colored People Time!

100 days after the movement started, Black churches just announced joining the Occupy Movement, calling it, “Occupy the Dream.” Over “1,000 concerned African American clergy, business owners, entertainers, and professional athletes have signed on to Occupy the Dream, the title of which referring back to MLK’s speech. So, does it take almost 3 months for this to become a priority for Blacks in America? Or do we just like to arrive casually late to the party?

While it’s true that I thought Occupy Wall Street was characterized by a predominantly White crowd, with the lowest poverty rates of any racial demographic, this is a welcome surprise. African American Christians do need to know that economic justice is not a complete justice. You can occupy all you want, but you do have to make sure  not to sell your soul to pay the bills.

So honestly, I’m just a little curious as to why now? Is there are game now? What is the full meaning if OWS begins to have diverse representation in its protesting body? And what does it mean that it’s the black church and not “other” churches? Do you think this will spread?

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About David Park

Christian 2nd-generation Korean American; Atlanta Georgia; more details to come. View all posts by David Park

One response to “#OWS Now in Color!

  • swandiver

    The Occupy Movement has injected such energy into progressive activism that tradtional left leaning movements are co-opting the term “Occupy” to try and disprove the very real notion that for the past 15 years or so they have become stagnant.

    Because #OWS is so decentralized, it is easy for people to claim affiliation. However, the proof is in the pudding and I would really have to watch and see if this Occupy The Dream is willing to be as radical and forthright in its demands as the original #OWS.

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