Monday, Twin Cities In Motion tweeted this:
Yesterday, Nina forwarded an article from Runner's World,City officials have informed us that the St. Paul chapter of Black Lives Matter is planning a disruptive protest... https://t.co/2YdLobau5S— TwinCities In Motion (@tcmarathon) September 28, 2015
Black Lives Matter Says It Plans to Disrupt Twin Cities MarathonRunners World states the activists intend to "stop runners from finishing the marathon."
"Our plan is just to disrupt business as usual and try to create as much awareness as possible," [organizer Rashad Turner of Black Lives Matter St. Paul] told Runner's World.
"Our hopes are that when the marathon runners reach us at the finish line, instead of being more concerned with finishing the marathon, that they’ve been able to do some critical thinking throughout this week and understand how powerful it would be if we all stood together in solidarity against the injustices that are plaguing our society and plaguing the community right here in St. Paul, Minnesota.”
- Runner's World, 9/29/2015
Distance: 3 miles
Avg Pace: 7:46
Route: Forest Hills Loop
I approve of civil disobedience, and am a supporter of the Black Lives Matter campaign. As has been pointed out, time and again, the only appropriate time for BLM to have their voices heard is at a specific time in a specific place of someone else's choosing where no one can hear them except those who already agree.
Having openly criticized those supporters of Bernie Sanders who got the vapors over BLM disrupting one of his events (wrong time, they said, wrong place) I do not feel it is my place to criticize the proposed Oct. 4 protest at the marathon. Why is our event sacrosanct?
However, I will say it makes me uneasy because it is a marathon, and we have had a big city marathon "disrupted" quite recently and I regret the comparison this action will create. I have assumed that security at the finish line of any large scale marathon would be higher since Boston, and I do not want anyone to get hurt.
Having said that, I wish them luck in stopping me, because I do intend to finish and as you know, I am fast. However, after I cross that finish line I'd be happy to listen to anyone who cares to have a conversation.
Climate: misty, light rain
Weight: 157 lbs.
Intake: bagel w/cream cheese & preserves
What's That Lyric?
No Sympathy From the Devil - Public Enemy