Congressman Lewis was surprised by what he found in Occupy Atlanta. Essentially it was a pupet show where organizers played Simon Says and denied the civil rights icon a chance to speak. Perhaps occupy is a racist movement. I see mostly white faces :-)http://www.afro.com/sections/news/afro_briefs/story.htm?storyid=72757I do think the occupy movement will continue to grow, and, regretably, there will be some violence. At that point the big money on the left will step in and overtly drive the bus.
Apparently, Lewis was not offended. And he was not "denied" a chance to speak anyway, only told to come back later.http://blogs.ajc.com/the-buzz/2011/10/10/john-lewis-not-miffed-by-occupy-atlanta-dis/?cxntlid=thbz_hmI see no basis for calling this a racist movement. But from what I have seen and heard, they are very conscious not to be co-opted by anybody. As far as violence, there were protests in dozens of cities yesterday, and the only one that turned violent was in Rome. I do worry however, that whether started by demonstrators or by the police, there is the potential for violence, and that could spark a backlash. We've seen that happen before.
I hope it stays peaceful as there are some positive messages that may be marginalized if things go south. I see this next 2-3 weeks as a critical point. Some of the early tea party messages and maturing occupying messages are sounding quite similar. The early tea party and the developing occupy movement are similar in another way; they have no _one_ message. As I have been saying, humungous shifts could take place if the two groups realize that what they agree on is what can be accomplished over the relatively short term.Similar to the tea party movement, occupy will likely become more focused politically as the left big money power machines insert themselves. Rhetorically, wouldn't be nice if those of us motivated by what is right and wrong (moral) found common ground absent big money? Glad to hear the congressman was not offended or bewildered. I saw the film. His face said otherwise. As well, glad to hear the occupy group is not racist. Phew!
The Occupy groups do have racist elements. The anti semetic prescence is very disturbing and multi city. I could cite dozens of examples. Let alone the anti black prescence. I can't say I feel vindicated by this obscene behavior but it is helpful that progressives are forced to understand what it feels like for good people to be. Recall, any party is defined by extremist if the extremist are allowed to stand with them. Occupy will be defined by any extremist they allow in their midst.