OWS needs a better lookout system

So, the other day, a woman named Patricia Grim wasn’t so keen on Jay-Z finding a way to make a buck off the Occupy Wall Street theme.

Jay-Z, as talented as he is, has the political sensibility of a hood rat and is a scrotum. To attempt to profit off of the first important social moment of 50 years with an overpriced piece of cotton is an insult to the fight for economic civil rights known as #occupywallstreet.”

To hate the 1% so much, this woman sure does talk like ‘em, ha?

I’m not sure what’s the most absurd part of this. Maybe it’s a woman who claims she’s fighting for “economic civil rights” speaking pejoratively about someone’s class status? The idea that the Occupy movement is the “first important social moment of 50 years,” when the March on Washington was in 1963 (#occupymathclass, maybe)? The fact that an adult used “scrotum” as an insult?

I just need someone to riddle me this: If the Occupy Wall Street folks had some more “hood rats,” you think they would have gotten shut down last night in the park?

Say what you want, but the so-called hood rat is always on watch for the cops. The supposed hood rat isn’t gonna see a bunch of cops and just assume, “oh, they’re just out here doing cardiovascular training in their riot gear.” Nope. Hood rats — and lots of us who just keep an eye out — scream “hootie hoo!” when they see cops. They make sure everyone knows that it jussssst might be goin’ down, Jack.

But the hood rat-free OWS movement? Just follow the tweets last night between @Questlove and @OccupyWallStNYC. Quest is trying to tell ‘em the cops are coming. The response? Ohhhh, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

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Welp.

So let’s see here…a man is telling you THERE’S A GANG UP COPS UP THE STREET FROM YOU! You’ve been BEEFING WITH THE COPS FOR WEEKS! The cops are wearing RIOT GEAR! But they were just practicing? Dude, basketball teams wear tanks and sweats, and theydon’t even practice in their game clothes. And, clearly, it was game on for the NYPD last night. These are the days that make cops remember why they love their jobs.

Now, maybe it’s just me, but it looks like a hood rat or two would have helped. And whomever didn’t believe Ahmir when he said the cops were coming? Yup, he or she definitely has to feel like a scrotum right now.

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Back to the Jay-Z stuff for a second. I’m shocked that anyone would consider him part of the 1%. Correction: I’m fascinated that anyone at all associated with Occupy would see him as such. Yeah, Jigga’s paid, but it doesn’t get more 99% than Marcy. It doesn’t seem like a good idea for the Occupy folks to take someone who could legitimately argue that he’s a portrait of the American Dream, someone who got his money in a way the 1% couldn’t begin to relate to, one of the most famous men in America…and align yourself against him.

I would think any solidarity, even if in the name of profit, with one of the biggest pop stars on planet Earth would be exactly what Grim would want.

Unless, yanno, she and her occupiers would prefer to be funky in the park among like company.

Yeah, he found a way to make some money off this movement. He did so in such a way that wouldn’t harm the message of Occupy. In fact, the “Occupy All Streets” shirts actually take that message to places it may not otherwise go. After all, check the background pic @OccupyWallStNYC is using.

So what was Patricia Grim’s beef? Mad she didn’t come up with a first? Doesn’t want Jay-Z’s element associated with the movement? Plus, a corollary question: are we here if Jay titled an album “Occupy All Streets?” And man, wouldn’t that be a hot title?

Just kinda funny to see all these things come together. It’s hard to argue against anyone peacefully making a point that, at the very least, is logically defensible. But when they mimic that which they hate and buy into idea that being broke gives them the right to ridicule the poor, they become difficult to take seriously.

Say it with me, OWS. Say it together: HOOOOOOOOTIE HOOOOOOOOOOOO!

When you see cops.

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