After five demonstrations in Southeast Georgia, Middle Tennessee, North Georgia, Upstate South Carolina, and North Florida, it is clear that we have a logistical problem which is an obstacle that prevents us from turning out more activists at our rallies.
By logistics, I mean that we have supporters who are available and who have the will power to attend our demonstrations, but who lack the physical means to travel long distances. This is going to become a bigger problem as we schedule events in states like Maryland, Virginia, and Kentucky which are hundreds of miles away and far more expensive to travel to individually for most of our activists in the Lower South.
Everywhere we go we end up gaining some people while losing others mainly because of the difference in driving distance. The following headline out of Tallahassee should be sufficient to illustrate our logistical challenge:
“More than 1,000 marchers joined the Rev. Al Sharpton, the parents of Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis and Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin and others Monday calling for changes to Florida’s hotly contested Stand Your Ground law. …
Speakers urges an estimated crowd of 1,200 to register to vote and make their voices heard at the ballot box while enumerating issues they have to Stand Your Ground. …”
Yesterday, Al Sharpton led a protest in Tallahassee against Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law and turned out over 1,000 black activists.
How was Sharpton able to accomplish this? It seems that the National Action Network sponsored buses all across Florida and bused in over a thousand black activists from all corners of the state. Hundreds of blacks who otherwise probably lacked the physical means to attend the rally showed up at the Florida State Capitol.
While it is impossible for us to replicate Sharpton’s MSNBC television show, there is no reason why we can’t do a better job at car pooling or figuring out a better way to transport our own activists in between the Lower South and Upper South. I expect there will also come a time when we we will be faced with the challenge of transporting our activists in between the Eastern South and Western South.
If there is a millionaire out there who wants to contribute to the cause of Southern Nationalism, a fleet of buses or the funds for sponsoring buses is something that would have an immediate impact.