Excellent article, Mr. Dreier.
From the article:
“Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter reflect two parallel, overlapping, but distinct branches of progressive politics. Their commonalities are greater than their differences. Like OWS and other major protest movements, Black Lives Matters seemed to come out of nowhere, but was in reality a response to long-simmering concerns.”
Following Dr. King’s brilliant and incisive analysis, the thing missing from the equation of poverty and racism is militarism. And I look forward to Mr. Sanders broaching that topic. It could be that he fears losing the segment of the voting public that has sons and daughters in the military, or still believes that murdering civilians in other lands makes our citizens safer.
Since the greatest compliment to a teacher is having one of his or her students expand their understanding beyond what the Teacher revealed, I would add that a 4th component is missing from the trio defined by racism, militarism, and poverty. It’s sexism and the all too frequent displays of misogyny that range from rape as ubiquitous war crime to Hollywood’s glamorizing of women as not just sex objects, but targets of male wrath. This portrait is found in everything from violent video games, to pornography, to soft porn like those T.V. crime shows that feature dead female bodies at 5X the rate of deceased male ones.
Interestingly enough, U.K’s version of “Law and Order” does NOT have this same Male-Female ratio from what I’ve observed. And I do view media AS a social historian or sociologist would… by making note of its dominant images and related messaging (both overt and subliminal).
Lastly, it’s refreshing to read an analysis that notes the CONTRIBUTION made by Occupy Wall Street (along with that being currently made by Black Lives Matter). What a contrast to the fiery hell and brimstone critique leveled against O.W.S by George Lakey’s piece published yesterday on C.D.