As a USC political science major, I am appalled that the USC College Democrats are proudly and openly associating with the Occupy Wall Street movement. The USC College Democrats had an Occupy USC protest on Oct. 24 to protest the social injustice done by Wall Street. It’s one thing to oppose corruption and unethical practices of the elite in the private sector, but channeling protests toward Wall Street is futile when rich CEOs can’t solve the problem. The USC Democrats have a two-pronged dilemma by associating themselves with Occupy.
First, the Occupy movement is completely missing the mark. If the people are angry about income inequality, or the fact that the “top 1 percent” is making too much money, they ought to blame the federal government. The reason the unemployment rate is so high is because of oppressive government regulations that prohibit businesses from hiring. Ironically, these same regulations are often proposed and encouraged by the Democratic Party, which has publicly endorsed Occupy. Though I acknowledge that there is corruption in large corporations, the reason we students don’t have jobs upon graduation is because of Washington, not Wall Street.
Second, and perhaps most importantly, the Occupy movement has been openly anti-semitic. In both Occupy L.A. and Occupy Wall Street, there have been numerous cases of people (from all ethnicities and backgrounds) making statements such as, “I think that the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve need to be run out of this country.” Other protesters have been spotted holding signs saying “Jewish bankers” are to blame for the economic crisis, and that, “the Jews control Wall Street.” In one sickening display of anti-semitism, a man in New York held a sign stating, “Hitler’s Bankers — Wall Street.” This concept of the greedy Jewish banker is blatantly anti-semitic and has been seen before, during the 1940s in Germany. Is that really the road USC College Democrats want to go down?
The USC Democrats really ought to think twice before participating in such a movement.
Senior, political science
USC College Republicans, chief of staff