Oct. 15 saw people from all over the globe call for a more equitable world through the Occupy movement. The video above, made by the South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS), showcases some of the protesters behind the Occupy events in Johannesburg, South Africa on that day. While there has been some criticism of the demographic of these voices (ie. the Occupy movement is white and middle class), Mahala posted an in-depth assessment of class and race in relation to the Occupy Movement in South Africa entitled “Middle Class Manifesto.” Here’s an excerpt from the article:
The movement is clearly not about “The Poor” with a capital P, but about a systemic problem. The 99% consists of people at every end of the spectrum, who have diverse experiences and responsibilities, but who acknowledge that their experiences share a cause. But maybe the fact that the Occupy movement is not an exercise in old fashioned white guilt is exactly what makes it so offensive to the bourgeoisie. The poor should be allowed the dignity to lead movements against injustice, pragmatically assisted where possible by those who have access to resources.