Jay-Z Raises a Good Question About Occupy Wall StreetSeptember 10th, 2012
By Dan Reagans
It’s hard to believe that just last year the nation was focused on the heated and sometimes violent Occupy Wall Street movement. The nationwide protests galvanized lower and middle class Americans to speak up about the country’s struggling economy. While there’s no debate that this was one of the highly publicized protests in recent years, it’s quite evident that the movement is losing steam. In a recent interview with The New York Times rap mogul (and member of the 1 percent) Jay-Z raised a valid question that could be attributed to the Occupy movements demise.
“What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for?” Hov asked the interviewer in a rhetorical manner. “I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want? Do you know?”
Unfortunately, Jay wasn’t the only one who was attracted to and then baffled by the root cause behind the movement. This might be the reason why the momentum and media coverage on the marches have weaned considerably. More importantly, it was a bit interesting to see the Brooklyn-bred MC’s standpoint on capitalism in America, being that he has amassed fame and fortune from it. We all love a rags to riches story and Hov can undoubtedly attest, given his much documented Cinderella story. Is it me or does he sound more and more like he might be gearing up for a future in politics one day?
Probably not, but he has done his fair share of philanthropic deeds throughout his career, which has earned him the right to speak up for that 1 percent that’s actually doing good for the less than fortunate. This isn’t the first time Mr. Carter has voiced his opinion on touchy politics most of his peers shy away from speaking about. Along with expressing his support of President Obama on gay marriage this past May, let’s not forget he paired up with the United Nations in 2006 for the Water for Life project that brought water to children in impoverished parts of Africa.
While Jay may have rattled a few cages with his stance on the topic, it’s safe to say he’s earned that right.
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