As with any populist movement, you get a few bad apples and then the movement gets painted in a negative light. Just ask the Tea Party leaders, who bristle any time clips of anti-Latino, anti-immigrant bashing are shown from their rallies. The same goes for #OccupyWallStreet.
In a video taken yesterday, critics of the leaderless movement are using this clip to say that the move is anti-Semitic and racist.
Sure, the person here (who by the way can make the cast of Jersey Shore) has issues. And his behavior is inexecusable. And that is the problem with populist movements and the Internet. You are one YouTube clip from giving fuel to your detractors. But just like when the Tea Party says that not everyone who loves the Tea Party is racist, the same can be said of OccupyWallStreet.
Because for every isolated clip of anti-Semitism, we will counter with images of hope and love, like this one.
So while critics of OccupyWallStreet call the movement anti-Semitic, we will also counter by saying that Tea Party-backed candidates are anti-Latino and racist. Here is just one example of a campaign ad.
In the end, words hurt, and hate serves no purpose in any debate. So our natural human inclination is to bash eash other and prove a point to win an argument. Let the left vs. right bashing dance continue. In the end, it won't make a difference. What do you think?