John Stewart Restore Sanity Rally--Participants Talk

Merriam Associates doesn’t often cover politics, but since we visited the Glenn Beck Restore Honor Rally, we couldn’t miss the Joh\n Stewart Restore Sanity Rally. What we saw was a crowd that was every bit as white, every bit as political and festive, and every bit as polite. We asked participants why they came, what they stand for and what they hope will happen next. Watch to hear what Restore Sanity participants have to say in their own words:


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8 comments to Jon Stewart Restore Sanity Rally–Participants Talk

  • Alex

    Errm, I’m not white and nor were the large group of people I was with…

  • Kevin

    Spelling is also important. FACT is, he spells his name Jon.

  • LDMerriam

    Thanks for the heads up–would have screwed up my SEO. Fixed it. Thanks for visiting. And thanks for being interested in the rally. The current great divide from left to right has its negatives, but the positive is that people are becoming actively involved in the process.

  • LDMerriam

    I am glad to hear. I was commenting on the whole gathering. I sure didn’t mean there were no people of color, just that the proportion was equal at both rallies. One rally was considered all white and racist (though I also so people of color there) and the other was just as proportionately white, but no one made any racist charge. As I said, Merriam Associates doesn’t cover politics, so I have no axe to grind either way. But it is interesting from the outside to see how different people can see the same thing and gather different conclusions. I’m just glad to see so many people of all kinds so actively and ardently involved. And everyone at both rallies was super nice.

  • I was there and there were plenty of black, Asian and “other” people there. This is insulting. Also being polite was the whole idea.

  • LDMerriam

    I have no intention of being insulting. I am making the point that both rallies had an equal number of people of color (would NEVER never call non-whites “other”–we are all brothers and sisters). One rally was considered racist. I have no political axe to grind here. Just observing what was there to see. Both rallies had people of color actively involved in roughly equal proportion. Still don’t understand why that observation is insulting. I find it uplifting that people of all colors are involved in the dialogue and are coming from multiple points of view. Yes, being polite was absolutely emblematic and was a key point of both events.

  • Grace

    I am a person of color who, unfortunately, couldn’t attend the rally in person, but I watched it on Comedy Central. I loved the rally, but I think this website makes a VERY valid point that Stewart’s rally (lurv him) was just as white as Beck’s rally. That there were people of color there is irrelevant; both rallies were OVERWHELMINGLY white. Were there different kinds of folks there? Of course–no one who has the ability to see can deny that. But I think to be “offended” because someone points out that neither crowd was all that diverse is just a bit silly. Facts are facts, people.

    Now whether or not you CARE about how diverse or homogenous an event or space is, THAT is another story.

    I for one think it’s important, and I wouldn’t call what I saw “diverse”. (What I saw being a mostly white crowd with a few POC “sprinkled in”. :-/ )

  • LDMerriam

    Thanks for your comment. You missed a great event. Let’s hope for greater participation of all people, no matter the color across the entire political spectrum.

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