What Percent Are You

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(http://occupywallstreet.net/story/don%E2%80%99t-move-occupy-social-movement-vs-social-arrest)

The Occupy Wall Street Movement was mainly started due to the social and economic inequality between what was considered the 99% and 1%. The 1% is considered to be the wealthiest. The 99% are those that fight the issue of income inequality, those of the “working class”, the middle class, those barely making enough to provide for their family, those in poverty. The movement was an attempt for change.

Some people are not even trying to understand what Occupy Wall Street movement is about or what the purpose and goal is. Some people were complaining about the noise validation without looking at the larger picture and reasoning for the noise. Comparatively, construction is a noise validation; construction can involve hammering, slamming, and other things that makes a lot of noise, but people don’t complain about that because they see something being built, they know what the construction is for. The wealthiest one percent pays almost 38 percent of federal taxes. Some of the rich think that should be enough. Some of those people believe they still should pay the same amount of taxes as the other “99%” that are considered to be a part of the working class, though they are making nearly ten times more than the average American (Cussen, 2013).

If everyone was handed a sliver-platter, just imagine how the world would be. “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself. It is not someone’s fault if they succeeded, it is someone’s fault if they failed,” the ex-Godfather’s Pizza CEO declared. There are still people that worked very hard whether it be in terms of academia or anything else and still are not in the position that they desire because working to where you want to be can sometimes be easier said than done.

The Occupy Wall Street movement reaches my family because we are not a part of the 1%. I have a neighbor that has a Ph.D. but does not have a job. Anytime I have a conversation with her, she blows my mind; she is brilliant. One time, I asked my grandfather about her being jobless yet having such a high academic background, my grandfather responded that sometimes life could get the best of us. When he told me that I honestly did not understand what he meant. I now understand that you are not guaranteed a certain job or income just because of your academic background, you are also not guaranteed income inequality because you believe you deserve it. I believe that things should change and if I could have been at the Occupy Movement, I would have been.

“Every generation needs a new revolution.” (Jefferson) There are tons of things that changed since the last generation such as the messed up economy and those changes were due to multiple generations working together. My generation needs a new voice; it needs a new revolution, and in order to do that we need help from other generations, though it could be done alone. I don’t believe that there needs to be multiple generations involved to create one revolution, but the inclusion of other generations may be useful.

D.Parker

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3 thoughts on “What Percent Are You

  1. I completely agree with you, when you said people were not looking at the bigger picture of the Occupy Movement. I think people were too quick to judge their actions instead of actually paying attention to what they were saying. I also like how you related their noise to the noise of construction. It just shows how people can contradict themselves just because they don’t want to hear the truth.

  2. I completely agree with you. Many people only look at the situation from their position. They don’t have the mental capacity to see things from other people’s point of view.

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