When we were informed that there may be individuals protesting the walk, the speaker simply said, “We’re not here to argue. Wish them a good day and move on. This isn’t about them.”
And I agree.
During the walk, there were far fewer protesting it than I’d imagined for a city the size (and “open-mindedness”) of San Francisco. Here are a few highlights:
In any case, I felt welcomed and comfortable in this group of people. Each speaker was on time and everything was organized well.
Which brings me to Kamala Harris’s campaign rally.
Every site I visited listed the starting time as 12pm. When we arrived, there were throngs of people everywhere. There was a distinct lack of signage telling you where to go. I noticed that most of the people walking or wading through the crowd couldn’t care less about getting in others’ ways. Not that I hold everyone to that standard, but it’s a pet peeve of mine when someone thinks their time is more valuable than anyone else’s.
A line stretched around the block. A line for what, you ask? I have no idea, either. No one did. But no one was asking. They were just assuming it was a line to get onto the lawn – which was correct. But it was impossible to find an in.
Barricades were stacked up everywhere. And Kamala Harris was an hour late. To her own campaign rally.
Once something actually started happening (closer to 1pm), the police decided to let some people in for a closer look. When we tried to run around to get a better view, we weren’t permitted to enter. We’re not even sure if there was a stipulation or not.
I suppose what I’m trying to get at is that this event was badly organized. It felt as though our time was not being valued. Most individuals I passed by were more concerned with Kamala’s nationality than anything else.
In short, it felt like a free-for-all of, “everyone look out for yourself.”
Is that the message of inclusion we’re trying to send? Is this how the “left” wants us to feel? Because I felt that if I disagreed with anyone there, then I’d better prepare for a fight.
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