Occupy Wall Street Library Trashed by Police
“NYPD destroying american cultural history, they’re destroying the documents, the books, the artwork of an event in our nation’s history … Right now, the NYPD are throwing over 5,000 books from our library into a dumpster. Will they burn them? … Call 311 or 212-639-9675 now and ask why Mayor Bloomberg is throwing the 5,554 books from our library into a dumpster.”
The fact that the library of over 5,000 books was unceremoniously tossed into dumpsters is not the only reason I’m angry about the NYPD actions at Zuccotti Park.
But I think, like the library itself, it’s the only thing in a small enough scale that I can fully get my mind and my heart to process. Everything else is a Gordian knot of frustration, questions, competing issues, still unknowns.
I still don’t know what I think about Occupy Wall Street. I’m not entirely optimistic about its chances to create change, as a movement. There needs to be a sharper focus, a more coordinated effort. I can say that, even though I’m unable to offer concrete solutions. And, frankly, unwilling to take on a project of that breadth and scope.
I think I can focus on the library.
What statement does it make, when uniformed authority figures dump books into dumpsters to cart them away? Confiscating and removing is one thing. With a little careful planning, it could have been done more respectfully, though.
(The caveat being of course, that I wasn’t there. I didn’t see exactly what happened. I am reacting to reports I have read.)
They’re books!!!! Books are not trash!!! To treat an assemblage of books as trash bespeaks a darker mindset, a distinctly Orwellian whiff.
I don’t presume full understanding or authority. Just reacting.