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Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25
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Black lives matter protesters plan on a mile 25 blockade at Twin Cities and preventing runners from finishing, hoping that runners will "unite" with their cause........ what could go wrong?

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/...-lives-matter-plans/
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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“My hope is the marathon runners realized they’re not going to be able to finish this race and instead of being angry and complaining, that they join in in the protest and stand in solidarity because justice is all we are asking for,” Turner said.

This makes perfect sense.

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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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I say move the start line back 2 miles... secretly.

Heh.

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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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Sounds like a completely reasonable way to gain support for their cause.
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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I'm tempted to make the trip there to help ensure that the way is not blocked. It would be awesome if people made a corridor to escort the runners.
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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Hope is not a course of action. Hoping that physically tired and emotional people will make a rational decision is not a good plan.

I don't think that disturbing a marathon that people have paid to participate in is a wise decision at all. Not a very good way to draw positive attention to a cause.
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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well, i'll be curious to see what happens. i agree that tired, barfy, snot-faced athletes very close to the end of a marathon will not be receptive to ANY kind of message. most of us can barely see straight at that point.

i can't help but wonder: can you imagine how powerful it would be if instead they could, say, convince everyone to run in black t-shirts, or to lie down 'dead' at the start line for 60 seconds or something?

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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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"...protesters plan to physically enter the race."

What, bandit the race?! Arrest them!!
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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"“I would hope people would get tired of the injustices we are facing sooner than they get tired of us protesting,” Turner said."

Too late. What a horrible way to try and get your message out.
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [iron_mike] [ In reply to ]
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Set up a booth at the expo and give away arm bands or something. There are plenty of ways to get the message across in a way that isn't going to ruin thousands of people's day (and previous 4-6 months of training)
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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At the end of a 25 mile hard run I can think of nothing more enjoyable than standing around for a couple more hours protesting something. Great idea!

Also, there are black people in Minnesota?! <pink-ish>

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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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I would love to see a Patriot Guard-like reaction to this...

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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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ChrisM wrote:
Black lives matter protesters plan on a mile 25 blockade at Twin Cities and preventing runners from finishing, hoping that runners will "unite" with their cause........ what could go wrong?http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/...-lives-matter-plans/


BLM will not garner sympathy, especially after a type A runs through the protest and violence ensues...
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [noofus] [ In reply to ]
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Or how about focusing on stop committing the crimes to begin with.

Is blocking an Ironman next on the agenda?

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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [DFWTri] [ In reply to ]
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DFWTri wrote:
Or how about focusing on stop committing the crimes to begin with.

Is blocking an Ironman next on the agenda?

Not to lavender-room this conversation... but that would be a good start :)
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [BCtriguy1] [ In reply to ]
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Sounds like a completely reasonable way to gain support for their cause.

Yep. Nothing like protesting at an event that has no connection to your cause.

Rashad Turner with the St. Paul chapter of Black Lives Matter said, “Our job as an organization is to keep the pressure on. Our job is to let the community know that every day we are planning on dismantling white supremacy.”

Yes, the white supremacy at marathons has gone on long enough.


“I would hope people would get tired of the injustices we are facing sooner than they get tired of us protesting,” Turner said.

I'm sure ruining a race people have spent months training for will accomplish this.
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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BLM protesters shut down I-93 in Boston during the morning rush hour by chaining themselves to barrels in the roadway. Created a massive traffic jam and delayed at least one ambulance on its way to a Boston hospital. As you'd expect, the action was widely condemned even by those sympathetic to the group. The organizer of this protest apparently adheres to the same school of "let's just piss everyone off in a totally counterproductive way."
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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I think that black lives matter. With that said, this has to be one of the most backassward ways to gain support. Interfering and ruining people's race is such a negative format vs all the positive ways for exposure. Whatever brain trust committee came up with this one should re-evaluate the plan before the weekend, otherwise enjoy having the thousands of runners you interfered with drop support for your cause in the future.
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ilikepizza] [ In reply to ]
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BLM. Terrorists plain and simple
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ilikepizza] [ In reply to ]
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With that said, this has to be one of the most backassward ways to gain support.

What I find ironic about this is that a lot of marathons are won by black runners who are potentially very good role models. Rather than supporting this, they've chosen to ruin it.
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Supersquid wrote:
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With that said, this has to be one of the most backassward ways to gain support.


What I find ironic about this is that a lot of marathons are won by black runners who are potentially very good role models. Rather than supporting this, they've chosen to ruin it.

Oh, no you didn't.......

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Yes, the white supremacy at marathons has gone on long enough.

well-played, sir.
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [ChrisM] [ In reply to ]
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Awful, looks like they're taking pages from the now-defunct Occupy Wall Street playbook. The race starts at 8am so at least they could hold off mile-25 protests until 10:40 or so, so they only end up disrupting hobby joggers and not real runners.
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Re: Protesters plan on blocking twin cities marathon at mile 25 [noofus] [ In reply to ]
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noofus wrote:
Set up a booth at the expo and give away arm bands or something.

Exactly. Or better yet, volunteer at an aid station. It doesn't cost anything, and promotes good will.

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