This morning I got up early to attend the Taxpayers March on Washington. Being that I’ve attended nearly every major demonstration in Washington, DC over the last ten years, I was really curious about how this demonstration would go off. How many people would there be? What would be the demographics of those present? Would people bring guns? Are these people as crazy and brainwashed as they’ve come to appear on television? Instead of relying on YouTube videos and hearsay, I wanted to see for myself who consider themselves modern day patriots.
Before I left my house I turned on the TV to see if there was any coverage of the demonstration on the major cable television news channels. Sure enough, CNN was showing that an estimated 80,000 were present. I also opened up the Washington Post and was rather startled that they had an article on the front page about the march. Where was the same kind of coverage before the Iraq war started when there were hundreds of thousands of Americans marching? After reading the article, and questioning Washington Post’s motives, I put on my FREE DC hat, charged up my camera, and rode my bike down to Pennsylvania ave to take it all in.
Below is my first batch of photographs from the day.
Photo of a woman wearing a t-shirt that says: I Want My Gun.
My question is, why do you need a gun at a peaceful demonstration?
Photographs of a woman wearing an empty gun holster. When I asked her about it, she said that the police have already given her a hard time for wearing it because they believe she might be armed with a handgun
Animated GIF of a man wearing an NRA t-shirt with a sign that says: Right-wing Extremists and features a painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
What struck me as interesting was how predominantly white & middle class the vast majority of demonstrators were. It got to the point that I made the effort to photograph any people of color present at the march. While this might come across as racial profiling, I did so because it was the first demonstration that I’ve ever attended that showed such a striking lack of racial diversity.
A Patriotic Fashion Victim!
Lower taxes will not make these shorts look good on anyone.
Photograph of the crowd near the U.S. Capitol
Photograph of a large pig promoting the Dulles Corridor Tea Party.
I, on the other hand, am in full support of the Dulles metro expansion :-P
Related Taxpayers March on DC Entries:
- Photographs of Friday’s Opening Rally of the Taxpayers March on DC at CityCenterDC
- Photographs of the Taxpayers March on Washington [PART ONE]
- Photographs of the Taxpayers March on Washington [PART TWO]
- Photographs of the Taxpayers March on Washington [PART THREE]