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posted by April 18 at 21:50 PMon
We’re tired of writing it and you’re tired of reading it, but the anti-war movement is just uninspired and tiresome. I hoofed it down to the student walkout/protest/non-conformist convention at Westlake Park to see what the young protesters would be up to. I was, once again, disappointed.
Just like the “grown-up” anti-war protest I attended a month ago, the walk-out was disorganized, unfocused and totally fucking boring. 300 (and I’m probably being generous) high-school aged protesters filled out just under half of the small concrete park across from Westlake Center.
Just as the rally started, the PA system went dead. For the next half hour, organizers used bullhorns in a futile attempt to hold the attention of a group of twitchy high schoolers. Half an hour later, the sound came back on.
The event went through the motions, with guest appearances by speakers ripping the administration for its war on immigrants, Democrats’ weak attempts at troop withdrawal and the importance of getting “the message” out via Rupert Murdoch’s Myspace.
My disappointment with these events isn’t just some snarky, disaffected-hipster, Stranger-y thing. These events are totally functionless, silly, traffic-snarling wastes of energy. If you really want to hold an impressive rally and take a clear stand against something, pick one, maybe two, issues.
I totally agree with your grievances. This war is fucked. Our government is fucked. The socio-economic disparity in this country is fucked, but a crowd full of kids still dipping their toes in the activist pool, yelling “George Bush can suck it,” only makes your rally look like it’s full of pranksters who just wanted to skip school. I’m sure some of you are very bright and well informed, but the least-informed seem to be the loudest—and they’re making you all look bad.
When the march took off down Pine towards City Hall, I left to get a burrito.