Looking to take advantage of the racial animosity he helped create, Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network held a protest Saturday in Washington, D.C., and from the look of things, the event did not get off to a smooth start.
Not only was there an apparent tussle between organizers and protesters over a “VIP Section” — little did we know the aggrieved could be so refined — there was also a battle over the microphone.
Protesters who say they were on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., stormed the stage at the “National March Against Police Violence,” and took the microphone from National Action Network members, according to WeaselZippers. A glimpse of the excitement was captured on video:
In the age of smart phones and social media, tweets rang out describing what was happening, proving that disaster is usually not far behind most things that Sharpton is involved in.
Here are a sampling, as seen on Twitter:
#ferguson & #dcferguson took over the stage. It’s our movement. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/WDL8b0X1s7
— J. E. Robinson (@curlyheadRED) December 13, 2014
I’m reading TL of Ferguson activists who’ve been on the ground since Day 1 getting shaded by Al Sharpton and National Action Network. Ugh. — Film Fatale (@FilmFatale_NYC) December 13, 2014
LMAO National Action Network says they won’t allow @deray on stage because they don’t know who he is and he doesn’t have a VIP badge. — Bill (@DefendWallSt) December 13, 2014
Y’all, one of the NAN organizers just told us we need a VIP badge to stand in this section. Oh. We didn’t know. DC. #Ferguson — deray mckesson (@deray) December 13, 2014
NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK JUST TOLD @deray @WyzeChef & I we need a VIP BADGE OR A PRESS BADGE to be up on this ledge! #DCFerguson — ShordeeDooWhop (@Nettaaaaaaaa) December 13, 2014
The @NationalAction sure did RT @ProJones22: They cut @Nettaaaaaaaa‘s mic off?!?!?!?!??!?!?! — ShordeeDooWhop (@Nettaaaaaaaa) December 13, 2014
The National Action Network personnel looks like they are about call security on us. They don’t want these problems. #DCFerguson — Dr. Cornel Fresh (@WyzeChef) December 13, 2014
Many DC activists expressing anger at how Sharpton & his security crew are acting at today’s protest. Follow #DCFerguson for the real story. — Tim Shorrock (@TimothyS) December 13, 2014
So, the struggle has a VIP section? What in the fresh hell… Oh, never mind. We know what’s up… — Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) December 13, 2014
So, NAN is about to call security on the very protesters who led Ferguson +100days + touched this whole thing off? #VelvetRopeStruggle — Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) December 13, 2014
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