I believe strongly in the need for activism and protest. Such actions should be well thought out and have a purpose. I believe that our government, as well as governments around the world, don’t always act on behalf of the people. That brings about the need for protest, so we take to the streets to voice our opinions.
I [want] to address the so-called and self-described “Asheville 11.” The actions on May 1 did not target the state or federal government, but instead targeted private property, storefronts, an ATM, some newspaper boxes and parked cars — all totally random and absurd acts in the shadow of the “evil” Grove Arcade. No letter of intent [was issued] prior to the action — an action that, in my view, mocked and belittled the very need for real action and protest, regardless of who actually [perpetrated] the actions.
If the Asheville 11 are all totally innocent, why isn’t there a push within the community for those responsible to step up? If the Asheville 11 are your “comrades” and you seek “solidarity,” then why don’t the brothers and sisters who really did [the damage] step up? If you are innocent, why make a statement after the fact for solidarity? Why lash out at the corrupt system when you are at its mercy?
The fact is, something really stupid happened on May 1 — a temper tantrum of an extreme nature. Whoever is responsible is uneducated and works against the efforts of true revolutionaries, [and attracts] unnecessary attention to the real cause. The real tragedy here isn’t that these totally “innocent” kids are being railroaded by a corrupt government. It’s that no one is willing to accept responsibility, to stand and accept the blame.
Senseless acts of vandalism … just bring on the heat [and] aren’t revolutionary. The real revolution is to know when, where and how to carry out real actions, with respect and, when it’s necessary, force.
If the Asheville 11 are totally innocent, I hope [they] can prove it. I hope for [their] sake that the true people responsible will step up and accept responsibility.
The Asheville 11 are not a legitimate group of activists, based solely on their claim of innocence.
— M. “Granpappy” Pyle