Is Dr. Cornel West the leader the Occupy Wall Street Movement has been looking for? After Dr. West’s arrest on Sunday in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C., it’s becoming apparent that the distinguished professor might have the passion, dedication and grit required to lead a successful civil rights movement. And, it’s about time a prominent public figure showed some backbone.
The arrest occurred during Sunday’s dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. Dr. West joined an estimated 250 Occupy D.C. (October2011.org) protesters in a march on the Supreme Court building. The demonstrators denounced the court decisions that have resulted in unchecked corporate influence over government.
In the spirit of Dr. King, Dr. West and 19 other demonstrators were arrested for refusing to move from the front steps of the building. West told the crowd that he was inspired by King’s example of non-violent civil disobedience and courage in the face pain, injury and personal freedom for the sake of social justice.
Dr. West, you just showed us that you also have the courage to stand by your convictions. And we hope you continue to grow in your burgeoning role as a true leader to this movement. As we outlined in last week’s editorial, in order to effect any kind of economic and political change, Occupy needs someone like you to take the reigns and lead he way.
We trust you find comfort in knowing that you are inspiring millions more into action with today’s sacrifice. We are thinking of you tonight. Tomorrow may be a new dawn for you . . . and for those who stand with you.