Twin Sisters Divided Over Occupy Wall Street

Here’s an interesting story about twin sisters who don’t quite see things the same:

Now with the Occupy Wall Street movement more than a month old, the recent Ivy League graduates have found themselves on Wall Street but on opposing sides.

Nicole Carty, who works for a television station, spends her free time in Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street’s headquarters, organizing general assembly meetings for the demonstrators.

Jill Carty works for a company that assists financial service clients. She said although she agreed with some of the protesters’ sentiments, she did not support more government regulations and intervention.

One of them has a degree in sociology and the other has degrees in international business and studies. Guess which one said this:

“[She] lacks a fundamental understanding of structural oppression that is inexcusable and immature,” she said. “She just really trusts capitalism and doesn’t recognize that capitalism is kind of responsible for a lot of the injustices we have in the world.”

Blah blah blah. Look at how the rich keep us oppressed! And you’re, like, so immature, you poopy-head!

Was that degree in “sociology” or “socialism”?

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  1. Ha yeah that sounds familiar. I used to work with one of those people. Higher ed’s full of them, whether on faculty or staff.

    SHe was riffing once on a similar topic, that of white privilege, and I couldn’t take it anymore. I spoke my piece: growing up with a single parent (mostly); crappy apartments, food stamps, welfare, and govt cheese; enlisting so I could afford school; going to state schools on gi bill, grants, campus jobs, and borrowing; and wound up in a job similar to hers such that we were both paid about the same.

    So I asked her to please explain how, precisely, I was benefitting from being white.

    Her answer? It is so ingrained into every institution, interaction, and transaction that I don’t even notice how I benefit from it.

    1. When they say benefiting from being “white,” they actually mean “speaks correct English, dresses appropriately, upholds one’s obligations, shows up on time, will put in an honest days work.” Of course by that definition, it becomes less racial, so it kind of loses its utility.

      That kind of soft bigotry really irks me. I know and work with plenty of people that are not “white,” yet work hard and pay their bills, don’t live beyond their means, and don’t complain to anyone that their life is unfair. I’ll take them as friends before people like your coworker.

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