Tuesday, November 22, 2011

PoliticsUSA: Occupy Wall Street: Not at all comparable to Civil Rights Movement, not matter what Jesse Jackson says

Booker Rising (recent)

Project 21 To Jesse Jackson: "Occupy 

Wall Street protesters ain't nothing 

like the Civil Rights Movement"

From the black conservative group's 
news release, which was emailed 
to Booker Rising:

Members of the Project 21 black leadership
network are criticizing Jesse Jackson for
comparing increasingly violent Occupy
Wall Street events to the civil rights
movement. Project 21’s black
conservatives say the Tea Party movement more closely resembles
civil rights-era activism. “Some people don’t want to acknowledge
this, but Tea Party members express their frustrations with the
government and are working for change in the same manner as the
civil rights movement fought for freedom,” said Project 21
spokeswoman Lisa Fritsch. “They protest in peace. They protest in
civility. And they translate their protest into power — not by being
violent, disrespectful and blocking peoples’ way or stepping on the
little guy as the Occupy Wall Street protesters do.”

In an interview with Politico, Jesse Jackson embraced the Occupy
effort, saying: “The mass appeal of economic justice [and]
economic security is a critical civil rights issue of our time.” He
added: “Dr. [Martin Luther] King planned to occupy the Mall in
Washington, and planned to engage in civil disobedience to get…
Washington to get their [sic] priorities straight.” Jackson has also
made supportive visits to Occupy campsites in cities such as
Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia.

Project 21’s Alveda King, the niece of Dr. King, in an interview
with the Fox News Channel challenged Jackson’s assertions, s
aying he should “revisit his 20th century history.” She added:
“My uncle, the whole movement, was founded in prayer, in
crying out to God in a peaceful movement. And this [new]
movement is not peaceful.”

Jackson’s visit to the Occupy D.C. campsite came just days after
approximately 500 protesters descended on the Walter E.
Washington Convention Center to disrupt a Tea Party-related
event sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. In the melee,
several AFP event participants were injured and several
Occupy D.C. protesters were arrested. D.C. Police Chief Cathy
L. Lanier said about the assault in the Washington Examiner:
“That is no longer a peaceful protest.” Similarly, in Oakland,
California, where banks and stores were vandalized by
protesters, Jackson called activities emanating from the
now-defunct campsite there (which was removed by the police
over health and safety concern) as “amazingly non-violent.”

Besides Oakland and New York City, Occupy campsites in
places such as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Salt Lake City, Utah
and Portland, Oregon have been shut down over concerns
about health and safety and violations of city ordinances.

“Dr. King went to the mountaintop and saw the promised land,
but it certainly wasn’t Zuccotti Park,” said Project 21
spokesman Stacy Swimp. “The Occupy Wall Street movement
and its affiliates are not in any way, shape or form comparable
with the civil rights movement in that the civil rights movement
was focused on the rule of law. The civil rights movement also
had clearly defined goals and leaders. It is also important to
identify that Dr. King rejected anyone and anything that was
anti-social in nature. The Occupy effort is not only anti-social,
 but it is clearly anti-authority and misogynistic. We’ve heard
the stories of the abuse of women and heard the anti-Semitic
rants at Occupy campsites. In the civil rights movement, people
of every race, religion, gender and class were welcome and
came together for a clear and common goal.”

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