Seriously, fuck you.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, that’s not very Buddhist of me. But, well, tough shit.
I’m so sick and tired of these spoiled white kids all decked out in their hoodies and black bandannas attaching themselves like some parasitic fungus to valid protest events and movements. Their sole purpose is to wreak havoc and destroy any private property in their path. They’re like two year olds who don’t get what they want and throw a screaming tantrum. But instead of just laying on the floor kicking their legs and screaming, these punks run around and toss bricks through windows and light trash cans on fire. They purport to be mad at the “the system”, and by smashing windows at Foot Locker or Starbucks, they’re sticking it to “the man”. Whatever, dude. You guys are idiots.
I used to see these fools on the periphery of the anti-war protests of the Bush years. They were the ones who broke off from the peaceful marches and started destroying shit, bringing in a heavy police presence. And in the media, the tens of thousands of peaceful protesters and their message becomes a mere side story while the more mediagenic story of a dozen or so punks destroying a Starbucks takes the lead. Thanks for helping out, guys.
There hasn’t been much for the last few years in terms of organized protests. No marches, no rallies. These days people just sign a petition or two online and call it a day. At least that’s what I do. Who knows what the so-called “anarchists” have been doing for the last few years. But, I can imagine the major collective boner they got when it came to the protests surround the Oscar Grant shooting and the Mehserle trial.
Around 2:30-3:00 last Thursday, it was announced that the verdict was to be read at 4:00 pm. People in my office who took BART into work made a beeline for the door in hopes of getting on the train before the verdict was read. The company I work for evacuated – yes, evacuated – their downtown Oakland offices and told everyone to get the hell out of Dodge – the sooner the better. Based on the riots that ensued about a year and a half ago shortly after the shooting, people were nervous about potential violence.
But, Oakland – community groups working in conjunction with the City – did some serious planning and communication. They made space for people to gather and vent their frustrations and anger. And it worked. Once the involuntary manslaughter verdict came in, people started gathering downtown. There was heavy duty police presence to keep it contained. People were angry and frustrated with the verdict. Who can blame them? But, the protest itself was peaceful. Despite the constant media messages that it was going to get ugly, it didn’t.
That is, until night fall, when the anarchist cockroaches came out to play. And an event that should have been seen as a powerful protest and show of community solidarity became just another damn Oakland riot.
Do they care a whit about Oscar Grant? I doubt it, otherwise they would have heeded the family’s pleas for non-violence. Do they care about African American community and their tenuous relationship with the police? I don’t think so, otherwise they wouldn’t have done their damnedest to make it worse. I seriously doubt they give a shit about anyone except themselves.
So listen, you so-called “anarchists”, no valid movement for peace and change needs your help. But hey, I hear the Tea Party may need some help at their gatherings.