This weekend I learned about the pepper spray attack against UC Davis students by campus police. The video:
Shocking, disturbing, sad, horrific, I am sure you can come up with a few words of your own to describe this police officers actions. That said, I can’t help but think it’s actually amazing that this kind of thing does not happen more often. When was the last time we had anything resembling the Occupy Wall Street movement? The Vietnam war era. WOW, really? Yeah, really. This police officer was suspended for his behavior. Why was he not jailed?
The UC Davis incident makes me feel that no matter how incoherent the Occupy demonstrators are (with the exception of this guy, Jason Potteiger, interviewed by NPR) this movement is a GOOD thing and we NEED it. I want to see people to get ANGRY and get ACTIVE. Did you know that in 2008 only 56.8% of the eligible population voted? In 2010, only 37.8% voted. In two short months, the Occupy Wall Street Movement has started a conversation on income and general inequality like we have never had before. Imagine what could happen in 6 months?