One bad protest deserves another. Now that the memory of self-styled anti-capitalists occupying public parks and defecating on police cars is growing dim, the latest crop of protesters are giving the “Occupy” movement a freshly tarnished coat of paint. As USA Today reports, protesters in New York Friday night took their “die in” inside an Apple store and Macy’s in Herald Square:
Hundreds of people angry over police treatment of African-American men crowded the street outside the Apple store, and some made their way through the store’s large glass doors.
Once inside, the protesters stood in circles and chanted while store employees and customers silently snapped photos.
Zandir Santos, 30, of Brooklyn, relished in the idea that protesters had disrupted life at an Apple store and a Macy’s in New York. The filmmaker said this is a pivotal time in American history and that police must change how they treat people.
“The CEO of Apple knows we shut his store down – that means capitalist America is going to take us seriously,” he said. “We are going to shake up your business and we want to hit you where it hurts. ”
The connection between big money and police interactions with blacks is elusive. But the New York protesters are not alone in the belief that capitalistic greed is a driver in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, was a guest on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN show, where he spoke curiously of Wall Street bankers “gambling our money away.” Unless the reverend is mistaking Barack Obama for an investment banker, I have no idea what he’s talking about.
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