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White leftists lament their lack of diversity.


Occupy Atlanta has already become known as the most bizarre of all the Occupy movements. The latest from these Atlanta based screwballs is cry for “the moral authority of the black and brown community.” Apparently they view their own grievances as illegitimate unless they can attract racial minorities to agree with them.

From Atlanta Journal Constitution…

The upshot is simple, says Tim Franzen, an organizer of Occupy Atlanta: “If we are going to say we represent 99 percent of the people, then we have to represent them.”

Otherwise, he and others said, the lack of diversity could undercut the Occupy movement’s ability to spur change in the country, and particularly in a city with as strong an African American presence as Atlanta.

“In order for them not to come off as spoilers who are just complaining, they need the moral authority of the black and brown community,” said John Hope Bryant, founder of the Atlanta-based Operation Hope, a nonprofit that educates low-income people on financial issues.

“It’s disappointing that there haven’t been more [African American] people there,” said Bob Holmes, former director of the Southern Center for Studies in Public Policy. “Maybe it’s got to do with cynicism or that people have given up hope.”

Sobral, who works as a designer, said he suspects that many minorities are too consumed by their own economic tribulations to participate.  “They’re dealing with their own survival,” he said.

But the protesters in Woodruff Park also stumbled early on, affronting some African Americans by telling civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis on Oct. 7 that he would have to wait his turn along with everyone else to address the group. A video of the protracted debate over his request to speak has received almost 500,000 hits on YouTube.