November 9th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Rareview: Bringing black voices to Occupy Wall Street

Rareviews go inside the lives of those in America whose stories we don't always hear.

In the earliest day of Occupy Wall Street, Malik Rahsaan wasn't seeing the black and brown faces he expected to be there.  Rahsaan, the "Occupy the Hood" co-founder, and Monica Montgomery, an activist, saw the issues in their community need to have a voice at Zuccotti Park, too. "We've been struggling and now America's getting a taste of what we've been living with and dealing with for generations," Montgomery said. "Let's join and be a part of change for everyone."

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    November 14, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. unrealll

    I think things r gonna change. The amount of angry homeless people is the driving force behind the movement. AND it is not a bunch of college kids at the general assemblies its people that have been beat down in life too the point where it no longer matters if they live or die, its about fighting for what they believe in.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • mg

      Hope there ready to be evicted.....Lets see if they're willing to die for there so-called free hand-out!

      November 14, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. John

    Iccupirrs are idiots. They are slackers and takers. Would not be inclined to hire them.

    November 13, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. mary

    I think that occupy wall streetshas to gtass root and invite out the diffetent orgamizyioms to prodice a agemda .

    November 11, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Flatsguide

      Right on to whatever you said!

      November 11, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Hana

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      October 15, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. GoodShepard

    Fact is that alot of these occupy kids camp out during the day and go back to their dorms or homes to sleep at night, black folk are too busy making ends meet to buy a tent and sit out in a park and get beaten by cops, for a cause that has yet to find its legs, do you know what ideas occupy has to change the status quo What sit in a park and beat drums?
    You shouldn't be frustrated their are not more black and brown faces out there, we might vote democrat, but are values are far from liberal, we are realists, if occupy can't explain how they are gonna achieve change, why would you expect minorities to put faith in it? Malcolm x had a plan and ideas of how to get us to the next step, so did martin and marcus, james farmer and many other leaders, but occupy can't. Thats the problem.

    November 11, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Flatsguide

      Please, please, learn how to spell. I believe even Jesus would be embarrased by your spelling. You are not helping your cause.

      November 11, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. j

    this is ridiculous. this has nothing to do with people who don't want to work and are trying to live off the government. this has to do with people who have worked and have been turned down. the bible even says it. you don't work, you don't eat. i guess you have to throw an excuse out there to feel sorry for yourself.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • OccupyStudnt

      I am starting my own occupy movement hoping it will help us college students....


      November 11, 2011 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Flatsguide

      Wrong, yes it is.

      November 11, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. sonic10158

    If it were a tea party event, the media would just ignore the whole 'bring African American voices to _____' talk and just call it racist

    November 11, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. forreal89

    I have a great idea stay home and work your job or find one

    November 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |

    Forget raising the taxes onm 1%...when that isnt enough to pay for FREE healthcare, FREE education, FREE anything else that comes up, what are you gonna do? Raise taxes again?!

    ITs all about managment of the money they are already getting and putting it to the right resources...

    November 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dontbow

    look out here comes the racial viewpoint so cnn can make it all look great for America. lol

    November 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Terry T

    Dumb communists, now racists. When is this BS going to end?

    November 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |


    November 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • forreal89

      does anyone work?

      November 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. erdoc

    i dont care if you are black.... white... purple... green...blue...or... silver...work,do your best,stop whining.no one gets all they want every time,or even part of the time....dont try to blame everyting on races,or discrimination...

    November 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Amen! I'm sick of this system thats making us all slaves to the Obama Man!

      November 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. xkhan9292010

    It is very strange that the whole human family has not awaken to the fact which allows so much bickering to continue while those in leadership positions continue to rape, pillage and murder in the name of freedom and the American Dream. The nightmare is that we continue to be at each other throats for the dregs that fall off Mr. Gilmo's table all the while Mr. Gilmo is laughing on his way to the Bank.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jjarow

    Right on. http://insightyou.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/occupy-the-hood-fighting-the-inner-city-blues/

    November 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. mrlbuiis

    If I had a wish that could come true, one would be that we could eliminate the word Minority from our vocabulary. I think it was only created to keep "certain" people in their places.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Richard A

    I am part Black, American Indian, German & others... When I am handed a form with a section to fill out on race, I choose "other" or simply do not check one. Hmm... maybe I should form my own "race group" to push our own agendas of how the "mutts" have to deal problems simply because we are "mutts".

    November 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  18. NudeTruth


    November 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. justin ross

    No offense intended, but the world's problems don't come down to black, white, or any other race. The world is wrong and we all as humans need to come together and stand up to repel the corporatocracy before we are all their wage-slaves

    November 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      But when does Humanity do that, It all has to start with one person. So when will everyone stop the criticism and judgement and be the person to show rather than say

      November 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trashcat

      Seriously! I'm so tired of seeing statistics based on race. We're all Americans why should ethnicity or religious affiliation matter? Fox News is especially bad about this, but lately CNN has been racking up these kinds of articles too.

      November 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Stu

        I see no problem with race. Religion fosters ignorance and disbelief in the only method of determining fact from theory.

        November 11, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  20. ipaytaxesdou?

    That was a response to black woman with job.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ipaytaxesdou?

    Funny you don't mention the millions in bonuses that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives just received. That was from tax monies too. Taxes that a majority of the 99% didn't pay.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • kamarasune

      You know were all paying taxes every time we fill up a vehicles tank or buy certain items. Taxes are not just reflected in what we file and perhaps get back or pay in at the end of the year....

      November 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  22. San Juaninos

    Geez, so now the media is stooping to dropping the race card to try to bring some form of credibility to this idiodic movement? Is anyone else beside CNN even paying attention to this lost cause these days? Time to move on folks!

    November 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  23. BlackWomanWithJob

    No one wears gold in their grills anymore, Brian. You could at least come up with a less dated comment, idiot.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  24. wot

    Black were not allowed to invest on wall street until they received 401 k.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  25. BRaion

    Quit complaining, put your skills out there for others to see even if it is just through friends, if you are good, the word will spread and you will have money flowing your way as long as there is a demand for your work. I know this works because I build computers that suit the needs of people that far surpass the prebuilt pieces of crap at a fraction of the price. When they need troubleshooting or repairs, then guess what, more money. I don't screw with my clients either, if it breaks because I screwed up, then the repair is free obviously.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  26. down4thecause

    @jmissal Have you lost Ur mind??!!

    November 10, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  27. jmissal

    It was only a matter of time before the black and brown moochers decided to join the white moochers.

    OWS has nothing to do with "struggling" and has everything to do with wanting to take from someone else's hard work, effort and subsequent success.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • bRoane

      Really? Are you serious? Obviously, you've never had to decide between feeding yourself and making sure you could make it to a dead end job before. The disconnect between the have & have-nots in this country is astounding. Its people who lack humanity that will force desperate people to perform desperate acts just to get the respect they deserve. and FYI, most of the Occupiers don't want a bailout like the big wigs on Wall Street, they just want a level playing field. I guess asking for that is too much. We should just let the working class in this country suffer and disappear while the 1% continue to buy yachts with helicopters on the back of them. Get real.

      November 10, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • snowskie

      To j missesmall
      U rich whatcha worried about equality?
      Its the same struggle . Afterall they used taxpayer funds to bailout banks ,wallstreet.quit takin care of other country put the money in us no muchers here. It started just like this in the middle of arabic nation. The mass people always have the last sa so.

      November 10, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • BlackWomanWithJob

      Obviously jmissel hasn't invested time to understand more about Occupy. If he/she/it did, then the above comment would be retracted. It has nothing to do with taking from someone else. People are concerned about their financial and occupational futures in this country, and find it frustrating that more isn't being done to fix the problem. Wouldn't you be angry if upper bank execs were handed millions in bonuses that came straight from bailout money? You and I both know that doesn't make a bit of sense... now go and make ignorant comments about something that you understand, like the Kardashians.

      November 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • JC

        Loan forgiveness has nothing to do with taking other people's money? Where does that money come from? Pixies?

        November 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  28. cj

    Nobody cares until issues affect white america! The majority of us have lived in a recession all our lives!

    November 10, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • dj

      And who's fault is that? NO ONE BUT YOURSELF!!

      November 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leon562

        You're actually right my friend, i said enough is enough, started paying off all the right people, worked my way around afew goverment loop holes, with a little bit of work and BAM! Now im the biggest Meth/Coke Distributor on the WEST COAST ! Living the American Dream !!!... n whats the difference between me n these top 1% Billionaires? nothing really, we're just pushing different Merchandise and paying off different people... 😉

        November 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |