Apparently having solved all other problems in Georgia, a group of roughly 300 protesters decided to mimic the recent events in Manhattan and set up Occupy Atlanta. Unlike their brothers and sisters in arms up in the Big Apple, though, they didn’t have to wait for weeks on end to attract the attention of the political establishment. On the very first evening, member of Congress and civil rights icon John Lewis showed up to lend his support and say a few words to the assembled crowd. So… how did that work out?
About 200 people attended the event. U.S. Congressman John Lewis even stopped by for about half an hour.
Several demonstrators held signs showing their frustration with Washington’s relationship with big business. Many people voiced general frustration. One woman said she was there for changes for animals. Another attendee said he didn’t think either party represented his feelings.
Congressman Lewis (D, GA) was ready to talk to the group, but they didn’t give him a chance to speak.
“I was going to say, I stand with you. I support you, what you’re down,” said Lewis to the media.
Wait a minute, here. You’re not going to even let John Lewis speak? Doesn’t that make you a… a… what’s the word I’m looking for, Jim Hoft?
How very racist.
That was it. Thanks.
This produced precisely the opposite effect which the organizers had been hoping for, at least with one attendee.
Michelle Williams was excited to attend the event and no longer wanted to be associated with the movement, citing how Lewis was treated.
“I am angry because this is not what democracy is all about. This is Marxist more Stalin like. Your movement, you’re just riff-raff. You’re an organized mob,” said Williams.
The video follows, and I’m beginning to sense a recurring theme here. Interviews done by ABC with a selection of protesters once again found a group of people with, shall we say, a rather eclectic set of issues they wanted to address. I’m not sure who was being targeted by the lady who wanted to talk about the way Wall Street treats animals, but I’m sure she means well.
You can sort it out for yourselves. ROLL 212!