Hey, #OccupyAtlanta, you're fucking kidding me, right?

I have been watching, but not necessarily closely following, the Occupy Wall Street protests. At least they've for the most part gotten their focus right, regardless of the rough edges, right? That's what I was thinking. Yes, Wall Street is the gigantic problem that caused the financial catastrophe. Not just now but over the past 30 years. Good, I thought. And then I saw this: the "occupy Atlanta" group preventing peaceful popular movement for change personified, John Lewis, from speaking.

It was a conservative camera crew that picked this up, and while I hate to give their work promotion, this is not an edited clip. It is the unadulterated sequence of events. So watch:



I guess misconceptions about a "leaderless movement" often correct themselves. It turns out that this "movement" is trying to follow the Tea Party model of anger direction - that of the anti-government kind. So much so that Occupy Atlanta, one of the offshoots of this movement deprived themselves of the opportunity to hear from someone who doesn't just know how popular movements are built, but is a giant of the civil rights movement. That's right. These nutcrackers would not let John Lewis speak. I guess he was out of turn.

The moron who perked up and "blocked" Lewis from speaking justified his sheer ignorance and fucked up ideas thus: letting John Lewis speak would somehow mean that he is a better human being than the rest of the people there, and the protest is about taking back democracy, in which all are equal.

You know what, dickwad? John Lewis is a better human being than you. John Lewis is a better human being than me. Than damn nearly anyone you will meet. Did you get police dogs set after you and then come back and continue protesting? Did you get beaten up and bloodied by police batons and not even consider for a moment being violent to those who were so violent to you? Did you? Did you get called a n*gger day in and day out and just kept marching peacefully? Did ya, punk?

The arrogance, the disrespect, the petulance of this jerk and the rest of the crowd is just mind-boggling. These people are trying to build a movement, I thought. You want to build a popular movement? Then you should only be so lucky that popular movement personified John Lewis actually is doing you the favor of speaking at your gathering. You should only hope to be so lucky as to be able to learn from this man. You want to build a peaceful popular movement that shakes he very core of the American consciousness? Then settle the fuck down, get a seat at this man's feet, and let him teach you how.

I have always believed in the saying that when people show you who they are, believe them. And this "Occupy Atlanta" group just showed us who they are - at least the organizers. They are just an angry mob, kind of like the Teabaggers, who have no respect for an American hero, no desire to build anything, but only to express anger. Expressing anger is fine, but this kind of a petulant mob mentality will not lead to positive changes. And people know it:
“There’s a difference between an emotional outcry and a movement,” said Andrew Young, who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a strategist during the civil rights movement and served as mayor of Atlanta and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. “This is an emotional outcry. The difference is organization and articulation.”

….Ambassador Young said that to be effective, the protests need a serious discussion component and that leadership needs to emerge.
“I can understand people being frustrated with Wall Street, but this just needs to be more than people voicing their frustrations and a few leaders having their 15 minutes of fame,” he said. “It is important for those who have thought through their values and objections to somehow be heard.”
And it's not just civil rights leaders that are ticked off. Participants are too, at the mob tactics. They noticed, just as you have, that a lot of the crowd wanted Congressman Lewis to speak. But they were shut down with the veil of "we make decisions with consensus," meaning, supposedly, that every last person must agree to let John Lewis speak, or he can't. That's not democracy. That is a fucking filibuster. And good on this attendee for speaking out:
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.
Exactly.

I was interested in the Occupy Wall Street protests under the pretense that they were actually interested in affecting change. If they, like the Occupy Atlanta organized mob, are interested in nothing more than to express anger at everyone with any official power, then they can go suck a thumb. That really is the nicest way I can put this.