Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Occupy Oakland: More Context
I wrote about the Occupy protests last week and condemned the violence and vandalism committed by a few protesters. I also briefly mentioned the brutality committed by the Oakland Police Department against Occupy protesters. There was an interesting op-ed today in The New York Times by Oakland resident and author Ishmael Reed. It gives a little context to the anger of some Oakland protesters by discussing the long history of excessive force and brutality committed by the OPD. Reed also unpacks the implications of race and local vs. "outsider" (perceived or actual) in the protests. It's worth a read, and I think it adds another dimension to Occupy Oakland.