Protesters have stepped outside the public square and are now taking their grievances directly to the rich. A group of BLM activists brought their demonstration to the front door of Jeff Bezos' home in Medina, Wash. and proclaimed that it's time to "eat the rich."
A number of BLM activists and sympathizers gathered near Jeff Bezos' house, Thursday evening, just a short drive from Seattle, equipped with snacks and water outside a pavilion, with one black activist addressing the crowd with the help of PA system. The activists arrived with tripods and lighting fixtures, fully committed to making an event out of the gathering.
"We're here to let it be known from the heart—that's what we need, we need hope. We need commitment. We need sacrifice. And we need to be aware of how the system is controlled, to not only the rich people, but how we let the rich people treat us," the man began.
Everyone in attendance appeared to be attentive and somber. No one was throwing bricks, yelling or screaming, or firing rounds into Bezos' home. The event had the trimmings of a church gathering, where the congregation listens with intent to the one speaking.
Every now and again, there were unified chants after the speaker said something that resonated with the crowd.
"Every single person from New York, Virginia, f**king Florida, f**king Oregon, California, LA, San Diego, come on, man, we working out here. Coming together just so we can have enough bodies in different cities, and if we need to pull bodies from other cities, then we can bring em over."
The speaker continued by saying that he did not care who was showing up to the protests—that he wanted as many people as possible to be supporting black, indigenous, people of color.
"The rich, the one percent, do not want us to rise. They wanna go to Mars... but guess what... the white people who say, 'Why are you doing this...?' ... Cause they have this mindset that if all this goes to shit, then they got to be on the right side."
The speaker went on: "You want me to give up? You want me to tell these people, 'Ah yeah, let's just play along with the system. Let's just keep going down the same fucking road as we go down and go down and go down and get beat until we can't move no more.'"
"That's not the way. That's not the way. That's why we eat the rich. Not because we don't want to take your money, but we want to make sure you feel that guilt so deep down in your f***ing heart, so you can feel that guilt so deep in your heart that you have to make a decision... cause I'm gonna expose you."
The speaker noted that there were certain ways to put pressure on the rich, with specific demands that "benefits us. So that we can start attacking the rich in a very very very powerful way. Because with us in the streets, it really gets a lot of noise made and disruption made, and then the focal point starts to be, I guess like a f**king telescope to an ant... we can really put the pressure on."
Additional footage was shared of a march through the streets near Bezos' home where the crowd chanted "Black Lives Matter" and "Take it to the streets, and f*** the police, no justice, no peace."
It was just last month that a group of people belonging to The Congress of Essential Workers (TCOEW) set up a guillotine outside Bezos' Washington, DC home, demanding that the minimum wage be raised $30 an hour, charging that Bezos and Amazon exploit workers across the world.
Amazon has been accused of busting their competition because smaller businesses have had to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. In many parts of the US, lockdown measures and business closures are still in effect.