Janet Keefer: ‘What does an anarchist look like?’

October 8, 2013 

Inapt ‘anarchists’

Regarding the Oct. 8 news story “Police at protests were on lookout”: Anarchists? Seriously? Last time I looked, an anarchist was someone who thought there should be little or no government.

The Moral Monday marchers who went each week to Raleigh to protest the Republicans’ dismantling of decades worth state programs to protect people and the planet seem to be just the opposite. Many if not most were Democrats and other liberals who are always faulted for thinking the government should do more. Apparently, the powers that be decided that “anarchist” might be a useful and scary label when “outside agitators,” the useful and scary label for protesters in the 1960s, failed to stick to the Moral Monday marchers, almost all of whom actually came from North Carolina.

Certainly, “anarchist” is an inaccurate term to describe people who “peaceably assemble to petition the Government for redress of grievances.”

General Assembly police chief Jeff Weaver, who, according to your article, sent undercover cops to spy on the NAACP, testified that his “officers had scanned the many ‘Moral Monday’ rallies with eyes trained for ‘anarchists.’ ” Come again? What does an anarchist look like?

Janet Keefer, Pittsboro

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