I haven’t been paying too much attention to the Occupy Wall Street fiasco. Like the Tea Party Movement, it’s become a media fueled circus (panem et circenses), a reality tv inspired showcase of privileged White americans who are pissed at being forced to downsize their decadent lifestyle, as well as their unrealistic expectations. Americans, both White and Black, are finally waking up and coming to the realization that they are not the world, much less the centre of the universe. Sure, the so-called (white) left wing pundits attempt to give the OWS some legitimacy as a part of a worldwide phenomenon, by aligning it to the protests in Europe (Greece in particular) and the Jasmine Revolutions in Africa (read here), but don’t believe the hype! The truth is, it’s nothing more than a passing fad for most… like the protests of the 60’s.
Continuing unabated however is the issue of slavery. In fact it is much more entrenched worldwide and flourishes with little or no opposition in western (european and amerian) societies. Ironically, it is hidden right out in the open. However there is no type of “Freedom Movement”…. like the Occupy Wall Street or Tea Party Movement… among the socially or culturally conscious to end it’s practice. These social and cultural elites, just like their cousins, the political and financial (capitalist) elites, are concerned more about attaining and/or keeping the material trappings of privilege, which are created on or stolen from the backs of modern day slaves. Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun.
There is an eight-part series on Aljazeera by journalist Rageh Omaar on the 21st century slave trade. It sure brings life and recent events into perspective, for those who are not “too blind to see”, or distracted by latest circus, X-Factor-like spectacular.