Knoxville Gets Occupied

The local spin-off or offspring or whatever you might call it of the Occupy Wall Street protests staged a well-attended rally last Friday in Krutch Park and on Market Square. A few hundred local Occupiers turned out for a few hours of speechifying and spirited marching around downtown, chanting slogans like "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!" The News Sentinel put them on the front page, producing a predictable deluge of scorn from anonymous online commenters. But far from the trust-fund babies imagined by their critics, the crowd was a mix of young and old, black and white, including quite a few families with young children. Whether the local group (hastily assembled via Facebook) has any staying power might be evident this Saturday, when it has marches planned for 11 a.m., 2 p.m, and 8 p.m., along with a General Assembly in Krutch Park from 3-7 p.m.