As I point out in the film Occupy Unmasked, the occupations didn’t start with Occupy. Occupation is a violent tactic that didn’t start with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Now a dramatic story in The Daily Caller by Charles C. Johnson & Ryan Girdusky point out how close this hits to the Obama administration. Our current Attorney General Eric Holder participated in one such armed occupation in college. It’s a must read.
As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned.
Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed — and if so, with what sort of weapon.
Holder was then among the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society (SAAS), which demanded that the former ROTC office be renamed the “Malcolm X Lounge.” The change, the group insisted, was to be made “in honor of a man who recognized the importance of territory as a basis for nationhood.”
Read the whole story for details including a picture I think you’re soon to see everywhere of Holder sporting a natural that would make Angela Davis jealous.
I found some more info about Columibia’s Student Afro-American Society on a special episode of leftist chat show Democracy Now! celebrated the 1968 Columbia revolting and takeover.
This was a couple of years before Holder’s time; which means it’s likely that Holder chose to go to Columbia because of the campus unrest there, not in spite of it.
One of the show’s guest was William Sales, a former leader of SAAS in 1969 and now a college professor at Seton Hall.
WILLIAM SALES: The Student Afro-American
Society has very definite links to Malcolm X through the son of Kenneth Clark, Hilton Clark, who was one of the founding members of that organization, who was very much inspired by Malcolm X. SAAS always had a distinctly black nationalist aura about it that was basically its guiding principle. So we saw ourselves as being in a tradition that had been highlighted by Malcolm X. When we actually took over Hamilton Hall, we renamed it Nat Turner Hall of Malcolm X University.
This year, Professor Sales helped organize Occupy Harlem and held a rally about Trayvon Martin. He said:
“It’s essential for us to build a united front against racist killings. We have to move against what has emerged as a New Jim Crow. It’s really a form of terrorism that is more associated with the Old Jim Crow than with law enforcement.”
Here’s the whole segment about the Columbia 1968 Occupation from Democracy Now!