What do you occupy?

Marjorie Fields-Harris | 10/26/2011, 5:27 p.m.

Within our community, we have commentators, professors, pollsters, radio show hosts, television commentators, a billionaire with a network, fraternities, sororities, magazines and national organizations for every activity under the sun. Yet, we have not coalesced to develop a unified strategy addressing our concerns for health care, education and housing in order to present it to an African-American president who we are too quick to scrutinize.

The Book of Luke in the Holy Bible says, "To whomever much is given, of him will much be required." Our community is not lacking in the resources to enable you to gather the information necessary to take a principled stand in support of those who are advocating issues that will enhance and benefit your subsistence. At this point, if your idea of protest or civic involvement is simply getting out to vote every four years, you are subscribing to an apathetic-which-is-soon-to-be-sympathetic ideology.

If you are not joining Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Cedar Rapids or Occupy-wherever-you-live, you should invest in several mirrors to place around your house. Then, whenever you are prepared to complain about the state of your city, state, job or bank account, go and stand in front of one of them and just point.

You are only occupying space.