The Day I Accidentally Walked Through a Violent, Racist Tea-Bagger Protest and Escaped With My Life [UPDATED]

Okay, there was no tea. I’ll make the tea-bagging connection later. But there was violence. And racism of course. The protesters told me so!

May 1, 2010, a very warm Saturday in Union Square, Manhattan. I honestly forgot it was May Day until I came above ground after riding the subway in from Astoria, Queens. Right across the street was the gathering in the park, lots of fancy, professionally-printed signs and someone yelling a speech all in Spanish. Because I’m a troublemaker and a jerk, I shouted LA MIGRA! LA MIGRA! a few times and flipped off the lady who told me I wasn’t a true Native American, either. I also thought “Union” Square was pretty fitting, since the New York May 1 Coalition is of course sponsored by UNIONS. Then my friend and I went to lunch on E. 12th.

About an hour later we were heading to a concert on the NYU campus, and started walking down Broadway toward Astor Place. We started hearing lots of police sirens all at once, and then looked straight ahead. There were young guys with baseball bats and Che signs pinned to their backpacks running down the street smashing store windows, all on the west side of Broadway. We stopped dead on a corner, because there were police cars coming from so many different directions the street lights were rendered meaningless. As soon as we stopped, about 6 NYPD units pulled up to our exact corner and the cops jumped out and tackled two of the vandals literally TWO FEET in front of me. Some other officers arrived, jumped out of their cars, and started a crazy foot pursuit of another guy who started running in zig-zags down the middle of Broadway. They tackled him as well, in the middle of the freakin’ street, as cars kept almost hitting everyone involved. It happened incredibly quickly. There were tons of eyewitnesses, and I even saw a few people videotaping, but of course I can’t find mention of this incident anywhere online or in the media. We had about five minutes to get to the concert, so stopping and gawking wasn’t an option. We just kept walking, tried to get away from the whole mess. But we could see and hear police interviewing plenty of witnesses, and heard people say “they just kept breaking windows”, and saw the perps with their faces in the pavement for ourselves. I could describe them to you, but that would be utterly and totally racist.

After we left the concert about an hour and a half later, we noticed NYPD wearing reflective yellow and orange jerseys standing not only at every street corner, but also in front of almost every open business that had a glass storefront. We’re talking businesses several blocks away from the protest. We went back over to Broadway on the way to the subway to look at the stores that had been vandalized. They were cleaned up mostly, but one owner of a costume jewelry store we talked to was very scared. Just as we got there, we heard bullhorns and yelling, and of course, the protest was now starting to make its way down Broadway. They had definitely grown in numbers, as did the number of law enforcement surrounding them. SI SE PUEDE was the chant du jour, and the majority of the signs were about RACISM or apartheid. And Arizona, of course. Forget Workers’ Day, this turned into an almost exclusively Anti-Arizona rally, as it did across the country.

The two pictures above were taken with my crappy Blackberry camera, but if you want to see a whole lot of signs from the day, this is a good place to look. While searching for possible amateur videos of the incidents I experienced, I found this video tribute to the day’s events. Watch for a bit, I promise a great deal of entertainment. It has probably the best theme song I have ever heard (listen to the words), and a cinematographer who quickly gets bored with focusing on the protest at hand and moves on to boobs and butts.

Oh yeah, the “teabagging”. Right before we got to the Skirball (ha, BALL) Center for the performance, we saw a man in his fifties or so walking into his apartment building with some groceries. Wearing VERY short shorts. And ALL of his junk hanging out. Like, all of it. It was quite a day.

Dan’s Update: Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the link, and here is video of people with the same MO smashing windows of businesses in Santa Cruz:

B-Cast has a segment on the aftermath. Trevor Loudon has important information on those unions and their connections with political parties and activist organizations, and with the Obamasphere.

About Dahlhalla

Dahlhalla is a professional troublemaker and classical musician living in New York City. Schooled in Seattle (with Liz Mair), and college-d in San Francisco (where she played with the Grateful Dead once, no joke). She truly lives the plots of several telenovellas on a daily basis. Yeah. Just ask any anonymous blogger you know. Currently dating her way through the former Bush Administration, Dahlhalla is gathering enough material to hopefully post more than once every other month. But until then…OMG SHOES.
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24 Responses to The Day I Accidentally Walked Through a Violent, Racist Tea-Bagger Protest and Escaped With My Life [UPDATED]

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  2. serr8d says:

    That top photo almost caused me to fall out of my chair. I couldn’t stand it, so…

    Here it is, modified only so much so as you can see it better! You can use that one if you want.

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  7. HeatherRadish says:

    “There is NO Liberty in America, which is why I am able to wave this sign denouncing government officials without being arrested, expelled, fired, tortured, or even detained briefly.”

    Meh.

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    • Right says:

      I know amazing isn’t it?

      These people are proclaiming the take over of the country, openly, violently, by any means necessary, and yet, they abound in conspiracy theories of the SPLC claiming that some little survivalist group is plotting to take over the government. WHAT A JOKE!

      These are the people the FBI should be rounding up and arresting.

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  8. Right says:

    Sorry but this was no tea party protest. Tea parties are not violent. These were Che-loving communists, period.

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  11. There those dirty teabaggers go again, causing trouble. And I’ll bet they didn’t even sing God Bless America. Once.

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  16. yousuck says:

    pathetic little white man projecting their hatred…

    your site is a blast, i mean, really a source of amusement. i wish there was a way one could see the world through your eyes. wait a minute, i could always read redneck magazines to understand where you’re coming from.

    till than, eff u very much for this ridiculous blog.

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    • enoch_root says:

      yousuck – why dont you dig up your mother’s skeleton and fuck her in the eye socket? hatey!

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  19. tujk says:

    Tea parties are not violent.

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  20. maco says:

    and yet, they abound in conspiracy theories of the SPLC claiming that some little survivalist group is plotting to take over the government.

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  21. titik says:

    i wish there was a way one could see the world through your eyes.

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  22. bocahs says:

    We started hearing lots of police sirens all at once, and then looked straight ahead.

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