“Robert Stephens graduated from Carleton College (average cost: $42,942/year) in 2010 and now studies law at The George Washington University Law School (average cost: $70,449/year). His father has a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees; his mother also has a master’s degree. Only in America could a kid have been blessed with so much… and only in America could he still claim to be a victim. America’s capitalist society has apparently leveled a grave injustice against his family and Robert will not stand for it.”
It’s crazy to think that just as little as a month ago I asked my roommate about all of the “We are the 99%” pictures and memes arising on the internet. I’m shamed to admit that I didn’t know what they were referring to, and felt I was uninformed. It turns out I was. I really was.
There’s been a lot of hub-ub about Occupy Wall Street in the past few weeks as the movement has gained momentum and spread across the country ( there’s even been some recent discussion of Occupy Market Street in Lewisburg). When you really look at what these people are protesting, it’s hard to deny their cause. They demand economic justice not just for the rich and powerful, but for the country as a whole. As a large proponent of human rights and equality, myself, I decided recently that I would really like to take part. I’ve even considered getting myself to New York to be on the front lines of the movement. And therein lies the reason for this post. Is it hypocritical for me to join ? Is it hypocritical for most of us? The majority of students at Bucknell seem come from moderately to vastly wealthy households. While I feel a strong moral desire to stand with the people and cry out for justice, I have trouble facing some of the facts. I’m the son of an intellectual property lawyer. I live in a mostly-white community in the suburbs north of Chicago. I went to a great public high school. I go to Bucknell University. To put it simply, I’d feel like a huge hypocrite.
I wasn’t sure whether this notion was justified or not, and then I saw the video above. As you can see, there’s a VERY large disconnect between how Robert is portraying himself and who he actually is. He’s a wealthy, very well educated law student at one of the most expensive schools in the country, and here he is screaming about how the bank took his home and what not. Aside from the fact that what he’s saying is blatantly false, could he be more hypocritical? Whatever he thought he was doing, his actions ultimately take away some of the credibility of Occupy Wall Street in the public’s eyes. I felt this would be an appropriate blog post, as I’m very curious if anyone else feels this way. Would you take part in Occupy Wall Street if you felt you were part of the group they were protesting?