Amid all the news about the eviction of the Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park was the rumor that the protestors’ library had been destroyed. Commentors all over the internet were up in arms – and for good reason.
Well, it turns out that the books were not destroyed. (Update: No, it looks like a good portion of them were.) However, the exact sequence of events makes me wonder if the public outrage over the library and comparisons to totalitarian regimes played some part in Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to refrain from having the books destroyed. I suppose we’ll never know. I have heard that this eviction, and the disruption of the library in particular, have led people to actively support the movement. These are people how may have leaned towards support before, but hadn’t taken an active or vocal role.
One lesson? Don’t mess with the books.
|Stacks of books from the #OWS Library|