Occupy Wall Street Divided

  • Aired:  11/16/11
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Samantha Bee visits Zuccotti Park to report on class division within the Occupy Wall Street movement. (5:52)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: AS YOU KNOW, TWO

NIGHT AGO, THE POWERS THAT BE IN

NEW YORK CITY ANSWERED THE

PEOPLE'S CALL AND RECLAIMED

ZUCOTTI PARK IN LOWER MANHATTAN.

AKA, THE PARK NO ONE-- EVEN

THOSE OF US WHO LIVE ACROSS THE

STREET FROM IT-- HAD HEARD OF

UNTIL THE OCCUPY WALL STREET

MOVEMENT.

APPARENTLY, IT'S A PARK IN LOWER

MANHATTAN WHERE PEOPLE FROM WALL

STREET WOULD GO TO SMOKE AROUND

NOON.

( LAUGHTER )

ANYWAY, WE GOT IT BACK!

AS FOR THE MOVEMENT, PROTESTERS

HAVE VOWED TO RETAKE THE PARK,

IF ONLY TO ERECT A MONUMENT TO

WHAT WAS PERHAPS THE ORIGINAL

OCCUPIERS' BIGGEST CHALLENGE.

( LAUGHTER )

THEY TRULY WERE THE LEAST

TOILETED GENERATION.

BUT AS OUR OWN SAMANTHA BEE

REPORTS FROM A VISIT TO ZUCOTTI

PARK, ON THE OCCUPATION'S FINAL

DAY, THE MOVEMENT WAS ALREADY

BEING THREATENED BY FORCES EVEN

MORE POWERFUL THAN THE CITY OF

NEW YORK.

THE PROSPECT OF BECOMING THE

VERY THING THAT THEY WERE

FIGHTING AGAINST.

>> Reporter: OCCUPY WALL

STREET.

IT WAS BORN OUT OF THE LOFTIEST

OF AMBITIONS.

>> WE'RE TRYING TO BUILD A NEW

SOCIETY.

>> ALL EQUAL AND CIVILIZED WITH

EACH OTHER.

>> AN OPEN, HORIZONTAL,

LEADERLESS PROCESS.

>> Reporter: AND TWO NIGHTS

AGO, THE OCCUPATION ENDED.

BUT MAYBE IT WAS A GOOD THING.

AS IT DRAGGED ON THE MOVEMENT

HAD BEEN IN DANGER OF BECOMING

THE VERY THING IT WAS FIGHTING

AGAINST.

>> THE MORE PEOPLE THAT CAME,

THE MORE PEOPLE KIND OF, LIKE,

SEG GAILED INTO, LIKE, THEIR OWN

LITTLE GROUPS.

IT SPLIT IN HALF.

>> UP THERE IS, LIKE, "WHERE THE

COLLEGE HIPSTERS WHO LIVE IN

BROOKLYN IF.

AND TRY TO RULE THE PARK FROM,

YOU KNOW.

AND DOWN HERE IT'S MORE OF THE

POOR PEOPLE'S ENCAMPMENT AND

IT'S KIND OF CONTENTIOUS.

>> Reporter: OCCUPY WALL

STREET WAS DIVIDED BY CLASS.

ON THE ONE SIDE THE ELITE WITH

THEIR LIBRARY, APPLE POP-UP

STORE, AND BIKE-POWERED ESTRESSO

MACHINE.

ON THE OTHER, THE DOWN WARDLY

MOBILE WITH THEIR DRUM CIRCLES.

>> THERE'S THE GHETTO.

>> Reporter: WHAT DO YOU CALL

UP TOP?

>> THAT'S MORE THE ARISTOCRATIC

SIDE, LIKE THE UPPER EAST SIDE.

>> YOU HAVE THE WEST ENDERS AND

EAST ENDERRERS.

THEY'RE MAKING DECISIONS WITHOUT

THE GENERAL CONSENSUS OF

EVERYBODY IN THE PARK.

>> Reporter: LET ME GET THIS

STRAIGHT.

YOU'VE BEEN HERE EIGHT WEEKS AND

YOU ALREADY HAVE A GHETTO?

>> WELL, I MEAN --

>> Reporter: I HEADED UPTOWN

TO SEE HOW THE UPPER CRUST FELT

LIVING NEXT TO THE GHETTO

PEOPLE.

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH DOWN THERE?

>> UHM, THEY'RE ALSO MEMBERS OF

OUR SOCIETY.

>> I THINK IN ANY COMMUNITY,

WHETHER IT BE CITY, WHETHER IT

BE ZUCOTTI PARK, YOU HAVE AREAS

THAT ARE A LITTLE QUIET EAREAS

THAT ARE A LITTLE LOUDER.

>> Reporter: OH, MY GOD.

YOU'RE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

YOU'RE BROGUE UP LIKE A HEMEIUM

BALLOON YOU'RE TRYING SO HARD

NOT TO SAY IT.

>> AREAS OF OUR PARK ARE

INHABITED BY PERHAPS YOUNGER,

MORE BOISTEROUS, ENERGETIC

PEOPLE.

>> Reporter: IS THERE A COURSE

IN CONDESCENSION THAT EVERYONE

IS TAKING HERE?

HAS A GOOD IDEA EVER COME OUT OF

THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE PARK?

>> I THINK THEY DO, ON OCCASION,

WITHOUT THEM EVEN KNOWING HOW

GOOD THEIR IDEAS ARE, SOMETIMES

THEY COME UP WITH GOOD IDEAS.

>> Reporter: OKAY, OKAY,

THAT'S INTERESTING.

YOU CAN GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE OF

THAT.

>> THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE HARD.

>> Reporter: I HEADED BACK

DOWNTOWN TO SEE HOW THE MOOCHER

CLASS DEFENDED ITSELF.

HOW MANY HOURS OF WORK DID YOU

PUT IN TODAY?

>> HOURS OF WORK I PUT IN TODAY?

>> Reporter: YE.

>> I'M NOT SURE YET.

>> Reporter: HAVE YOU PUT IN

ANY HOURS OF WORK TODAY?

>> I DON'T KEEP TRACK OF TIME

HERE.

>> Reporter: WHAT PERCENTAGE

OF THE 99% ARE THOSE IVY LEAGUE

( BLEEP ) UPTOWN?

>>

>> I WOULD SAY 15.

>> Reporter: 15% OF THE PARK?

>> YEAH.

>> WHEN EVERYTHING COMES DOWN

AND IT GETS SCARY AND EVERYBODY

DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO, WHAT DO

THEY DO?

THEY CALL ON US.

"OH, COULD YOU HELP US OUT?"

>> Reporter: PERHAPS THE

GHETTO PEOPLE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND

HOW HARD THE 15% OF THE 99% WAS

WORKING FOR THEM.

>> I'M HERE FIGHTING FOR A

SOCIETY WHERE EVERYONE HAS O.K.

CESS TO THE GOODS OF LIFE.

>> Reporter: WOULD YOU SHARE

YOUR iPAD 2 WITH ONE OF THOSE

SHIFTLESS HOBOZE DOWN IN BUNK

TOWN?

>> NO, BUT I THINK WE SHOULD

LIVE IN A SOCIETY WHERE EVERYONE

HAS ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY AND

GOODS.

>> Reporter: IT'S NOT SO MUCH

ABOUT SHARING.

IT'S ABOUT EVERYBODY HAVING AN

iPAD 2.

>> OR EVERYBODY HAVING ACCESS TO

THE MATERIAL WEALTH OF LIFE.

>> Reporter: EXCEPT FOR YOURS.

>> THIS IS A PERSONAL MEGS.

I'M MORE AGAINST PRIVATE

PROPERTY, NOT PERSONAL PROPERTY.

>> Reporter: CLEARLY IT WOULD

BE DIFFICULT TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR

GOALS IN THIS CONTENTIOUS

ENVIRONMENT.

FORTUNATELY, THEY HAD A

SOLUTION.

>> THIS IS THE SPACE WHERE OUR

VARIOUS COMMITTEES AND ACTION

GROUPS MEET TO DISCUSS THE

THINGS THEY'RE WORKING ON AND

DEVELOP PROPOSALS FOR THE

GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

>> Reporter: WHERE ARE WE?

>> 60 WALL STREET.

THE LOBBY OF THE DEUTSCHE BANK

BILLION.

>> Reporter: HOLY ( BLEEP ).

I'M SORRY, THE BIG DECISIONS OF

OCCUPY WALL STREET ARE BEING

MADE IN THE ATRIUM OF THE

DEUTSCHE BANK BUILDING?

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> Reporter: I'M SORRY, IS MY

NOSE BLEEDING?

>> NO.

>> Reporter: BECAUSE I FEEL

LIKE AN ANEURYSM EXPLODED IN MY

HEAD.

HERE DECISIONS COULD BE MADE

QUIETLY AND OUT OF SIGHT OF THE

MASSES.

ANOTHER DOES THE DRUM CIRCLE

KNOW WE'RE ALL HERE RIGHT NOW?

IN ANY CASE, BOTH THE UPDOWN

ELITIST AND THE DOWNTOWN POOREST

CAN AGREE-- THE OCCUPATION

DEVELOPED TOO EARLY.

THEY DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TIME TO

DEVELOP A MIDDLE CLASS FOR THIS

NEW SOCIETY TO

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