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POLL: Do you want Freaknik back in Atlanta?

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Freaknikers from Southern Illinois University danced around Five Points in downtown Atlanta in 1996. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he doesn't expect the party to return to Atlanta.

That illustrious, verifiable source we know as The Internet says that Freaknic (sic) is coming back. “The Official Atlanta Freaknic Site” says it’ll be April 16-18 in Washington Park. It also says that the 2010 theme is “Super Freak,” and that “Freaknic is a private event for members only. You must register on this site and pledge to not break the law.” It adds, “There are no nude pictures on this Web site.”

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says no way. Or rather, “I don’t believe it will materialize and it’s not my intention for the city to be supportive of it.” He points out that nobody has filed for a permit. It’s not clear who the organizers of the Web site are.

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Freaknik started in the 1980s as a picnic for college kids who couldn’t travel during spring break, but by the mid-1990s, it was a street party that drew about 200,000 students, mostly from historically black college and universities. It was notorious for gridlock caused by cruising and wretched treatment of women. It ended in 1999 when the city imposed hard-core restrictions.

And yet, there are always rumbles of it coming back, and plenty who had great experiences at Freaknik over the years.

An AJC story quoted Councilman Ivory Young as saying “Freaknik as it was previously defined can’t work for Atlanta,” but he made the point, too, that the city should be prepared for “any crowd of folks,” who want to stay in town and spend some money.

What do you think? Would you welcome Freaknik back? Should the city? Can Freaknik make a comeback as a safe party for all, and without traffic mayhem, or should it stay a thing of the past?

Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments, but before you type, remember that this is not a place for stereotypes, race-baiting or epithets. Keep the conversation respectful, or your comments will be removed.

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Babeloe

February 25th, 2010
9:05 am

Leave the past in the past.Maybe a day event but not an entire weekend.Atlanta has grown to be a unsafe place to live.That’s just people coming here from out of town to be robbed and murdered.Stay away from the A

Roekest

February 25th, 2010
9:05 am

Hell yeah. Bring that stupid event back to Atlanta. It’s a good excuse to take a 3-day weekend.

hotlanta

February 25th, 2010
9:03 am

EMMA….IF YOU ONLY KNEW……….

yamama

February 25th, 2010
9:00 am

Hey Grad Student, if that is how they teach you in “grad school”, then no thanks. “most of the younger people has not bought…”. Seriously? Let’s learn proper grammar before we start spewing nonsense!
I was here for the last FN and I just about lost my mind with all the traffic in gridlock. Take that crap somewhere else!!!!

TRUTH

February 25th, 2010
9:00 am

All we have to do is look at some of the more bigoted comments thus far to see that “Freaknic” is not welcome because it attracts students who attend HBCUs. Nothing more. Oh is it about gridlock? No. (Remember All Star Weekend, the Super Bowl, several events at one time downtown, what is the difference?). It’s wretched treatment of women? (Let’s be specific, unless the women were of the majority persuasion, the media could care less.), The crime. (If you don’t support it, then its easy to enforce the laaws, even the minor ones and trump up the results to make it appear as if its a full blown crime wave.) No, I truly don’t think that its any of the things that the media touts or the city touts. Nothing like that at all.

When I was in college, a few decades ago, Spring Break was held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The debauchery that went on there was AMAZING. I attended a predominately white college and we had wet T-Shirt contests, beer bust (at 18 that was fun, what I could remember), public drunkeness, nudity, sex (yes I said sex), DUI’s, concerts, clubbing, spending, eating, hotels, rental cars, drinking, drugs, gridlock, cruising, looking at the girls, girls looking at the guys, generally fun with some danger. We were 18-21 year olds, enjoying one another and pushing the envelope because we were young, transitioning from kids to adults and attending college.

That is no different than the kids of today, except that in Atlanta, the minority is viewed as problematic, criminal minded, incapable of accepted (and those rules are on a sliding scale) behavior. A city that is comprised of very educated and successful Black Americans, and home to a few of the most recognized HBCUs in the country. Yet, we cannot underwrite and support this clear expression of youth. We would rather demonize its existence in this city thereby running away much needed revenue, showcasing the city to the brightest minds and encouraging them to move here and add to our base, showing off the city to the world which could lead to more companies and JOBS to the area for its openess and acceptance. Incredible that something that works for a town, considerably smaller than Atlanta, has the desire to host an all out party for college aged students (note the term), than a city the size of Atlanta to host a smaller version of that party to students, who are called thugs and gangsters, and enforces police crackdowns at the mere sight of them.

I say let Freaknic return. Embrace it. Mayor Reed you NEED revenue in this town. Those who oppose it, stay out of the town for those 3 days if it so upsets you. Most who oppose this don’t even live in the city proper anyway. Get over the hate folks. Your sheet is showing.

EMMA

February 25th, 2010
8:58 am

**David Duke** What do you know about Lil Kim? LOLOLOLOL I like you!!!!!

FBR

February 25th, 2010
8:57 am

What a total and complete embarrassment to the city of Atlanta !!!!!!!!!

Jimbo

February 25th, 2010
8:56 am

Erin C-

Hey dumbass, that person said that there were 5 comments and the vote was 3-1… not that there were 5 voters and the vote was 3-1. You must be one of those bright young graduates from South Georgia.

A

February 25th, 2010
8:56 am

Why would they promote more crime in the city that has a murder a night? Clean that dump up so people can feel safe again. Bringing in all the blacks in the US will not help with crime or revenue. They actually just harass people and tear the city up. The new mayor better make sure this doesn’t happen. There isn’t enough police in the south to stop these degenerates.

PS – OBAMA SUCKS

EMMA

February 25th, 2010
8:54 am

Do we know for sure that it’s coming? As of yesterday no permits had been secured for any of the events. When someone can confirm the dates please let me know so I can book a flight out of here for that weekend.