Journalists across the country have seemed to enjoy depicting the “Occupy” protesters on Wall Street and elsewhere as anti-capitalist college kids with no responsibilities or understanding of the “real world.”
As an employed, middle-class 31-year-old, I take great issue with the idea that only college kids or the unemployed can see the gross abuse of corporate power in our political system and daily lives and take action to make their feelings known. I am a proud member of Occupy Tacoma, whose members, by and large, are older than college kids.
The media, in their rush to establish a narrative, are further marginalizing a wide and diverse group of people who are protesting what they consider their systematic marginalization in the first place. How is that for a “narrative”?
Even without specific demands, leaders, or dogmatic adherence to any particular ideology, the Occupy Wall Street protests and their sister movements have inspired a tremendous number of Americans to make their voices heard. While we may not speak with one voice, we do stand together.
Hopefully the media coverage of these events will catch up with reality sooner than later.