“There is no honor in this”

Last week I posted a video of an American citizen who thought he had something important to say. This week I’m posting a video of an American citizen who actually does. The above video features United States Marine Corps. Sgt. Shamar Thomas, a twenty-four year old Marine Veteran who has served two full tours (fourteen months) in Iraq. The video displays Thomas actively going head to head with officers of the New York Police Department. Throughout the video Thomas repeatedly points to his military decorations, stating that his entire family has served for the American people, he fought to protect the American people, and will not stand for the senseless police-based domestic violence brought against the American people.

My initial reaction to the video can boiled down to a simple thought: THIS is an American. Thomas serves an example of what being American is supposed to mean. He stands up for equality and justice for our people. He doesn’t forcefully attempt to shut them up. As many of you probably saw, the Occupy Wall Street movement recently spread to our very own Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. On saturday morning I awoke to chants of “OCCUPY WALL STREET! OCCUPY WALL STREET!” Just imagine if you saw the Lewisburg Police Department or Public safety beating these people. What would you do?

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8 Responses to “There is no honor in this”

  1. Jordi says:

    He is passionate and articulate. Any context? What is he reacting too? Source?

    • JWitty says:

      I actually spoke with my housemates on this one. I think he did a good job of expressing his opinion and making a point, but had he been a bit more articulate and less repetitive he could have been more effective. There is no one source for the video. It was first brought to my attention on Reddit.com. There are articles about it on the Washington Times website, The Examiner, as well as several others

  2. Jordi says:

    Why do they care if he is there shouting? Why do the police ask him to move along?

    Part of my frustration with America today is that spaces for public dissent, for dialogue, discussion, argument is shut down everywhere. Somehow it is seen as unseemly that people are loud or unruly.

    As I think former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said about Iraq: “Democracy is messy.”

  3. meganm423 says:

    I’ve seen a few videos of service men who are participating in this movement. I am not a huge fan of how the movement has grown into what it has, but when I see videos like this and someone like this marine speaking so passiontely about a subject that he cares so much about, because he is the one who is directly fighting for the rights of the American people the movement resonates in me. It makes me think about the service men and women who come home from fighting for our country and are not rewarded the rights that should be given to them. They are the face of the movement to me.

  4. tesoman says:

    I couldn’t agree more with the Sargent when you listen to what he has to say. Yes, he could have been a little less vocal and more articulate (as he shows very well at the end of the clip), but it is shocking that he comes home after 14months fighting for his country to this. He is risking his life day and night for the American people on the instructions of the American government and it is incredible that the same government will turn around and, through the police force, violently suppress a peaceful movement. The Sargent has every reason to be infuriated when he sees innocent American’s being beaten when his fellow soldiers are still living in a warzone and I can only imagine how disrespected he fells.

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