Role of the police in a capitalist society: Protecting and serving private property and the 1% as agents of the state.
From Reddit, where the comments are also worth reading:
Guys, listen. Here’s the deal.
I love you guys with every shred of my hard-left leaning heart. But I think you might be doing something wrong. Here is one thing that can help you.
Tomorrow, wear a polo and khakis
Seriously. polos and khakis. Every time you guys DO finally get some fucking press, it’s a scrawny dude with dreads in a ratty t-shirt. You’re going big here, dress it. Tomorrow, Polo shirt and Khakis.
Why? Because you need to get the right-leaning equivalent of me on your side. I’m 35 right now. I understand where the hippy thing comes from. I get it as well as a guy who’s 35 can. My Counterparts do not. They think you are scummy druggies on welfare and when they see on tv a bunch of people who they think are S.D’s on W, they root for the cops to hit you again.
Speaking of the cops, Who do you think they’ll mace first? SD’s on W, or a guy in khakis and a polo? Seriously, it’s fucking cop camouflage. And if they DO come for you. When people at home see PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE THEM getting abused by police… That’s when shit changes.
Seeing protesters get beat up means nothing because protesters get beat up all the time. Therefore, don’t look like a protester! This connects you to the person watching and opens them to your side!
So for serious. Do it. You’re almost about to tip this thing over. Polos and khakis. Cop Camo + target audience = Shave, shower and polos and khakis.
TL;DR: Polo shirt and Khakis = dress code for nyc protests tomorrow.
Edit: Going to bed soon, one more thing before I turn it over to all of you.
Please spread this as much as you can. Professionalism will help push this thing over the edge. You have labor pushing you. National Media is starting to wake up to you. You’re almost there. Keep pushing.
Think: Business Casual Friday. Don’t play it up like the Billionaires for healthcare. You’re just a guy, going to work in this big office building here.
Even if you don’t think that you SHOULD be judged on appearances (which I do agree), You have to realize that you ARE. Fight the appearance fight another day. Polos and khakis.
I tend to agree. Is it right that we are judged on appearance? - no, Should we be judged on appearance? - no, BUT we are, it happens, and in this case we can use that to our advantage.
The entire idea behind a protest is to be seen, to get people talking, to get your message across.
If we can be more effective by looking like the people we are trying to get the message across to then we should use the means we have to do so.
Good idea. Dress like you’re going to a job interview, except for I should say female-identified folks should probably wear comfortable shoes.
If you can’t change people’s perceptions, work within them.
New York Times showing who truly owns them. It certainly isn’t the truth!
Was a little surprised, but not overly. Should have seen that coming.
I saw this covered on CNN for the first time today and they were all but calling the protesters silly hippies who brought the arrests upon themselves because what did they think would happen?
I assume we can now end the bullshit about the Liberal/Conservative media now.
It’s all about money. Doesn’t matter what puppet is in the White House. Money runs the country, indeed, the world.
I don’t know if you guys can see that well but those are the red marks on my wrists for being handcuffed for three straight hours today, with my hands twisted unnaturally behind my back.
I decided to go to the wall street occupation in NYC and…
-was maced in the face while standing on a public sidewalk calmly asking an officer if I could continue walking.
-was forcefully arrested (arms pulled behind my back by two police officers then lifted off the ground and dragged to a nearby wall) while being treated for the mace on my skin
-had my requests for information (whether I was being arrested or simply detained, why I was being arrested, whether they could read me my rights) greeted with silence by a wall of policemen standing with their nets, watching us sit there handcuffed.
-was bused, as the cuffs got tighter and tighter, to police headquarters (along with about 80 other peaceful protesters) and made to wait in the van outside headquarters for another two and a half hours
-was detained inside a prison cell for about another 6 hours, again with barely any information about why I was arrested and for how long
-was told I could have a phone call but only if it was to a New York number, and then was subsequently ignored when I asked if I could use a phone book
-was finally released with a charge of disorderly conduct and a court date nov 3
Right now I’m overwhelmed and exhausted. I missed the last train back to sarah lawrence because of being in fucking jail, so I’m staying at my friend’s dorm at parsons. I had just about every right I “have” violated tonight and it makes me really angry. when the police feel the need to use the amount of force they did on me - i’m 93 lbs and 4 ft - you know something’s off. when they’re detaining the “granny peace brigade” along with me, you know there’s really something off. this isn’t right, this isn’t democracy. that’s all I can say right now because I’m so fucking tired and I need to just go to bed. perhaps I’ll have some more coherent thoughts tomorrow, but again, right now I’m just totally overwhelmed.
I was fucking pissed off when I heard about this, but then I saw the video footage of you being maced and I almost cried. What. The. Fuck. Where did all of this country’s justice go?
BASTARDS! I hope you’re feeling better now. I seriously hate how some policemen just think they can pretty much do what they want with the weapons they’ve got. Are we supposed to feel safe around them? Because I don’t think we do anymore.
I love how Westboro can do whatever the fuck they want, and people can protest abortion clinics all the fucking time, but peacefully protest Wall Street and police brutality is everywhere. I just get more and more ashamed of my country as the days go on.
These stories need to be told. People need to listen. This isn’t okay.
It sounds like she was treated as a terrorist, a high risk person. This is not just horrible and wrong, it’s strange. Are you going to have to join a fucking church to be able to protest without being brutally detained.
Always signal boost.
As pissed off as I am about the blatant Police State tactics being employed here (and everywhere sooner rather than later), the thing that pisses me off more is the lack of interest. The vast majority of people in this country are being screwed by the vast minority, so the protests, the attention, the resounding voice of the People should be much, much louder than it is.