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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.

Do you want Freaknik to return to Atlanta?

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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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David Duke

February 25th, 2010
8:29 am

Hell No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wesleywhawhat

February 25th, 2010
8:30 am

ZERO chance of that happening…

ktmain02

February 25th, 2010
8:32 am

It’s Freaknik everyday in Downtown Atl what is allt he fuss about?

Absolutely Not

February 25th, 2010
8:33 am

Absolutely not! Crime has increased and the ATL has changed drematically since the days of Freaknik. It used to be a fun event full of people having a good time like a huge block party but now I am afraid with the increase of the thug and gangster mentality it would be a combination for violence.Atlanta has changed so much that this event would have too many negative consequences and would not be the great party it once was for our city.

Grad Student

February 25th, 2010
8:36 am

I was a high school senior at Redan High in 94… outkast was on the radio… freaknic was just about fun and hanging out and celebrating youth… as I got older and went to G State It peaked and declined with the lack of support from the city. It could have been a great revenue generation source for the city, but instead they chose to start shutting down streets and re directing traffic… why were these kids not embraced like other events?

I feel that Freaknic can never be the same and as a father now I would rather see Freaknik as a thing of the past. Atlanta does not support these sort of events. They will lock you up and throw away the key. I suggest people go to Daytona FL, South beach FL, or Myrtle beach SC.

Mike

February 25th, 2010
8:36 am

Why would anyone wan’t semi-organized chaos in their city? But it is Atlanta…..

stw

February 25th, 2010
8:38 am

I can see where you’ve hit a hot button here, when you “already” have 5 comments and the vote is 3-1 against..I suggest Chicago where I’m sure they’ll feel at home..

WERKIN FOR A LIVIN

February 25th, 2010
8:39 am

go ahead, its always good for some laughs on the news following it.

Grad Student

February 25th, 2010
8:43 am

Here we go with some stupid comments from some raci$ts. Bring your true hate out! We see you. It is Ghetto when it is urban but do you hear about Panama City Beach nudity and lack of self respect down there. Big double standard.

(How about fantasy fest in KEY west! you do not see us walking around with body paint on!!! why is this not outlawed!!

Good thing most of the younger people has not bought into the older generations HATE and IGNORANCE! I am glad most of you will be GONE SOON!!!!

The traffic was because the police road blocks!@!!

Boo

February 25th, 2010
8:43 am

No just no…but hell no. Traffic is bad enough around here and throw in a bunch of out of towners, partying, drinking. It has nothing to do with race at all. Just don’t want drunks and rabble rousers here! Got enough of those already!

itpdude

February 25th, 2010
8:44 am

I’m a white guy who went through Freaknik in 1997 or so. Freaknik was not bad if you avoided where the Freaknikkers were but when Mayor Campbell, and I believe Gov. Miller, closed interstate exits. . . . that irked me in a bad way. I LIVE and LIVED in the city and I could not use my exit. Instead, I was stuck on 85/75 with a parked party for about 3.5 hours. I didn’t so much blame Freaknik as I did the horrible handling of it by the city and state. We were told the exits would not be closed and then they were closed and I was stuck with a bunch of idiots on a federal interstate.

It was horribly handled by Mayor Campbell and probably Gov. Miller. If the authorities would have contained the party instead of locking everything down, thus, hurting residents, Freaknik would have been less of a bother. But again, local and state leadership did everything they could to mess things up for everyone.

David Duke

February 25th, 2010
8:45 am

Freaknik was not a revenue generating event for the city. It costs tax payers millions and was full of loitering and crime. Those people didn’t spend any money.

EMMA

February 25th, 2010
8:45 am

*Eric* What does Obama have to do with Freaknic? Absolutley NOTHING!!!!!!!!
*David Duke* Said it best Hell No!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let bygones be bygones!!!!!

Col. Reb

February 25th, 2010
8:46 am

Are you FREAKIN’ kidding me?

David Duke

February 25th, 2010
8:47 am

Like Lil Kim said, “Want a cheap trick? Better go down to freaknik!”

Andy

February 25th, 2010
8:47 am

I hope not and here’s why: There never was a central venue for all the kids which meant that they ended up in the streets trying to have fun when everyone else was just trying to have a life. Who cares what music they listen to really as long as it conforms to noise ordinances? Chopin or Bach at 300Db would make me mad just as much as anything else. Risky behaviors ? No problem as its self limiting in the long run… Hookups these days can be lethal.

Erin C

February 25th, 2010
8:48 am

Hey STW – you must be one of the bright graduates from Atlanta city schools…”you already have 5 comments and the vote is 3-1 against.” Anyone else see the problem here??

Buckhead Resident

February 25th, 2010
8:48 am

Please no… PLEASE NO… defecating, urinating, or vomiting in the bushes of our city. During the Freaknik boom of the 90’s too many bad elements joined the party and spoiled the fun for the students. The City of Atlanta is already short on police officers and cannot handle the traffic and crime that seems to come along with this event. It’s not fair to residents of the city that are affected.

Negro Nelson

February 25th, 2010
8:48 am

Why do I have a feeling that 98% of the posters on this article are going to be white. And why did a white girl post this article? To start a racial storm?

Proud American

February 25th, 2010
8:49 am

NO NO NO ! You hear all the Obozo’s using the race card every time some one sneeze’s, if we want equality, we must stop being afraid to see the NAACP, THE Black Caucus, all these so called civil rights leaders for what they are HATE MONGERS that spew hate toward the white race. It would be interesting to see the reactions if some one proposed an all white event downtown. Lets wake up its reverse racism and segregation. To be equal we must walk amongst all people.

Ms Chelle

February 25th, 2010
8:50 am

It would be great if it could be an ‘ORGANIZED EVENT’ we have bad traffic without FREAKNIK every single day. Regardless of what we all may say it’s coming any way. Have a great day everyone :)

Old White Lady

February 25th, 2010
8:50 am

I don’t want to be traveling in my Cadillac through Atlanta and have to be exposed to Uncle Luke and Pretty Ricky.

M915

February 25th, 2010
8:50 am

Yes bring back FN. No one ever bring up the event like GAY PRIDE,MONSTER TRUCK EVENTS,NASCAR RACES where race fans are drunk and out of control at these places.Oh yeah, these are places where WHITE FOLK ATTEND.

EMMA

February 25th, 2010
8:50 am

**Negro Nelson** Sometimes you need the racial storm to see how people really feel about you.

Suga

February 25th, 2010
8:51 am

NO NO NO. A bunch of disrepectful kids, half naked, using foul language, dumping all kinds of trash and crap, shootings, knifings, doing drugs.

Sure, what a great element to bring to our wonderful city.

Michael Vick

February 25th, 2010
8:51 am

Can I bring my dogs??

CW

February 25th, 2010
8:51 am

Hey Grad Student, how old were you last time Freaknik was here? 10? 11?. Let me give you a little history. The last few years of that crap was full of violence and gridlock. You obviously weren’t affected by it but I was. It’s not racist, its reality. Go back to working on your GED

David Duke

February 25th, 2010
8:52 am

M915 there is a such thing as gay black people. Do you remember Lamar from revenge of the nerds???

itpdude

February 25th, 2010
8:53 am

Only because the state and local authorities will completely botch everything do I not want Freaknik back. The roadblocks and all that mess would come back and THAT was what paralyzed the city.

We do fine when Super Bowls come here but could not handle a bunch of young people. It’s unreal.

hotlanta

February 25th, 2010
8:53 am

LOL…this is really funny! Maybe if I was 21 again…, I’ll say YES! But now that I’m older, and did the freaknic thing I would have to say NO..(only cause I’ve been there)! Kids, young adults these days don’t know how to act…”they are a NEW Breed”…it’s not about race at all.., they just don’t know how to have FUN! So take Freaknic on the Road head south….you’ll have more fun! TRUST ME…Atlanta is not the place

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.

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

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.

FBR

February 25th, 2010
8:57 am

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

EMMA

February 25th, 2010
8:58 am

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

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.

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!!!!

hotlanta

February 25th, 2010
9:03 am

EMMA….IF YOU ONLY KNEW……….

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.

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

EMMA

February 25th, 2010
9:07 am

**hotlanta** If I only knew what? Tell me, I can take it!!!!

Private Larry Platt

February 25th, 2010
9:07 am

Y’all lookin a like FOO witcha pants on da ground!

lmno

February 25th, 2010
9:09 am

If any festival organizer can present a proper plan to the city including revenue estimates, I would support it. However, it would have to be held on a location. We can’t just have chaos.

I’d like to see a well run Music Midtown brought back as well.

GHOSTRIDER

February 25th, 2010
9:10 am

Not No….But Hell No

Dee

February 25th, 2010
9:11 am

ABSOLUTELY NO!!! The last one was so out of hand that no city with even a grain of intelligence would want such an event in their city. And to TRUTH — you are full of it. This town embraces events that celebrate all nationalities, including Black Americans. It is not the race we are worried about, it is the total lack of respect for anyone else shown by the revelers last time they came to Atlanta.

Seriously

February 25th, 2010
9:12 am

It’s not an event. It is just a bunch of people driving around. It is cruising. It’s a disaster.

Lets be honest

February 25th, 2010
9:13 am

I WOULD SAY YES…

BUT ONLY IF THE PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED WOULD ACTUALLY SPEND MONEY INSTEAD OF JUST STANDING AROUND ON THE STREET. THAT SHOULD TELL YOU THE TYPE OF PEOPLE THAT ATTEND FREAKNIK…AND NO, I’M TALKING ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICANS.

HOW DO YOU THINK BUCKHEAD WAS RUINED

Pat

February 25th, 2010
9:13 am

What stupid idea, just stupid.

Dawgs75

February 25th, 2010
9:15 am

Hey Truth, your excuses are silly. Freaknik attracts criminals too, plain and simple. If it were just college students then there would not have been murders, robbery, destruction, ect.. check the records dear.
The typical spring break places are capable of handling the drunks and disorderly. Atlanta can not, and Ft. Lauderdale is not Atlanta, it will shut down businesses, streets, ect.
You can’t have a spring break place in the heart of a city that needs to be functional every day.

Proud American

February 25th, 2010
9:16 am

We would not want one of the Freaks to be caught breaking the law and have a white Police Officer to intervine and have some one say the Officer acted STUPIDLY.

TRUTH

February 25th, 2010
9:16 am

@ Dee, no my dear, you and the rest who claim that, are in denial. If it where not these kids, it would be supported. This town would roll out the red carpet for it. You may be very sincere, but read the tone of the statements on this blog thus far. Need any more evidence?

Bring it BACK!!

February 25th, 2010
9:17 am

STOP HATEING , IT WAS FUN, AND I AM WHITE!!

PLEASE NO!!

February 25th, 2010
9:18 am

Truth,

You don’t have a clue but nice try. If you know anything about the history of Freaknik is that the main issue is it brings zero revenue to this city. That was always the major complaint from business owners is that the only businesses that benifited were the fast food chains. No hotels, no restuarants, no shopping. Another point you’re missing is that spring break in Cancun or Ft. Lauderdale where the “white people” go don’t shoot each other, don’t rob and steal etc. That’s the big difference here. I’m not saying that the college kids attending Freaknik will be the ones doing this but you’re talking about Atlanta. Ghetto capital of the world! There’s going to be more no good thugs and gangsters attending this than college kids. And they will be the ones causing all the trouble.

EMMA

February 25th, 2010
9:18 am

**A** It seems like you are still mad that Obama won because we are taliking about Freaknic coming back to the city not Obama!!!! But I understand your pain. You needed an outlet!!!! LOL and I understand your pain, I was mad when Reagon won, Bush SR won, Clinton won, Bush Jr, won and if I could re-elect anyone of them again it would be Killa “Bush Jr” in the end I really liked him becuase he didn’t give a f#%k what the people wanted he did what he wanted to do and couldn’t even be mad he did the doggone thing. LOLOLOLOLOL

Now, I don’t know where YOU live but I live in the city and I still say HELL NOOOOOOO to bringing the event back because it causes toooooo many problems. It’s an event of the past.

Lets be honest

February 25th, 2010
9:18 am

TRUTH –

THERES A DOUBLE STANDARD FOR WHITE PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH.

T.C

February 25th, 2010
9:20 am

Hell to the no,it seems this city will choose money thats generated from all the hell raisers over crime.Most of these people who came to this activity was not even students.So lets just keep it real,most came for sexual pleasure and to sell or buy drugs.Im blacker than the blackest black man and hated freaknik.

TRUTH

February 25th, 2010
9:20 am

DAWGS75, really? If I made any silly statement, yours takes the cake. Ft. Lauderdale is the size of Dunwoody, at BEST!! There PD is maybe a third of the APD, in manpower. As for the city of Ft. Lauderdale, Daytona, or heck, Ft. Myers, PCB, are more apt to handle the ENORMOUS crowds of kids better than Atlanta, then we are in one hell of a predictament. Swing and a miss…..

Buckhead Resident

February 25th, 2010
9:20 am

Looting, public lewdness and rapes were not caused by road blocks. Folks.. we cannot blame the City of Atlanta government for problems with Freaknik. Atlanta is not a resort town… people need to be able to get to work… not sit in traffic. Freaknik is not fair to the residents of the city. Please remember the 2003 NBA All Star Game… students are no the only folks that paralyze the city.

Christopher

February 25th, 2010
9:22 am

While Freaknik was in fact a blight on our great city, this poll is a shameful excuse for anonymous Atlantans to espouse thinly shrouded racial slander. Please close this comments section. This has become highly offensive.

And honestly, Jamie Gumbrecht, you knew this would happen. Why would you do this?

Buck

February 25th, 2010
9:22 am

Why not embrace Freaknik and make it a win/win situation. Organize events, job fairs, and welcolm the students as we do SEC partiers, March Madness participents, etc. This is a potential mega revenue addition to our city but it must be orgaized, as is Gay Pride, King Day celebration, etc. Remember, these kids are not coming here empty handed, they’re bringing major revenue to hospitality industry, resturants, events, etc(if we can provide events/entertainment). Our biggest concern should be our own home grown thugs and hoodlums, so thats an issue that only seems to come to light during Freaknik.

Harold W.

February 25th, 2010
9:22 am

@GradStudent said “Grad Student

“I was a high school senior at Redan High in 94… outkast was on the radio… freaknic was just about fun and hanging out and celebrating youth…”

–Really? I was a delivery driver for the Mellow Mushroom at Piedmont Park and was subjected to a non-stop onslaught of taunts and racial slurs…inside the restaurant our tip jar was stolen twice before we gave up and took it off the counter. If you call that fun you must have a different idea than most.

I say bring it back as a vivid reminder of what exactly is wrong with certain segments of our society.

Chris

February 25th, 2010
9:24 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

Cher

February 25th, 2010
9:24 am

Absolutely not. It is an embarrassment to the city of Atlanta.

Harold W.

February 25th, 2010
9:26 am

@Buck

“Remember, these kids are not coming here empty handed, they’re bringing major revenue to hospitality industry, resturants, events, etc(if we can provide events/entertainment).”

–Wow…that old tired argument? I think we know from past experience and hard financial statistics that Freaknic was always a NET LOSS for the city. Most business took to closing for that weekend for fear of massive property damage and/or outright theft.

Proud American

February 25th, 2010
9:27 am

” Imno ” the FBI does not want to be accused of racial profiling, thats why they choose not to put black people on the top ten list.

BringItBack!

February 25th, 2010
9:29 am

Please please PLEASE bring it back, idiot mayor!

Sincerely,
The guy who owns all the Mrs. Winners, Popeyes, Zaxby’s, Bojangles, and KFCs.

ELVISINTHEHOUSE.

February 25th, 2010
9:29 am

I don’t agree with it because of crime not race.I bet most of the white commenters on this blog would’nt disagree if the KKK wanted to come to this city and march.You would probably welcome it with open arms and im white and hated what the kkk stood for.

reservoirDAWG

February 25th, 2010
9:30 am

Nope. We have enough crap in Atlanta.

BehindEnemyLines

February 25th, 2010
9:30 am

No thanks. No reason for the city to endure it just to remind me of the #1 reason I got the hell out of Atlanta.

TRUTH

February 25th, 2010
9:31 am

I have things to do, but to “Please No”, get a grip. Did youread your own post. You give me the old nice try and then go to the heart of my point. Its a black thing. Black people are linked directly to crime. Thank you for your admittance. It’s not racial or bigoted at all. It is fact. Until you TRY to understand and lower your guard we, as a people, will remain polarized. It’s 3 days. It’s kids, and yes there are those that are there for their own agendas, be it positive or negative. If the city embraced it, then it would has the PD policing the problem, instead of classifying the entire event as a problem. You would find that the event itself is just kids partying. The criminal element would be contained. But when you have wholesale criminalization of it, then huge problems begin. As for it not creating revenue, the hotels and businesses that you speak of jack their rates up when Blacks show up. You cannot deny that. They charge plenty for students in the other cities I’ve mentioned, but nowhere to the degree they gouge black kids. Of course, you don’t or won’t see it that way. That’s understandable. But please believe that this could work in the positive if positive energies are placed behind it. This negativity is only because folks are basing their views on stereotypes.

Truth hurts.

Black And The White People

February 25th, 2010
9:34 am

If you had GOD in your life you would not have all the hate toward one another… God would put you at peace with anything that happen around you….. Have a blessed day!!!!!!!

t_height

February 25th, 2010
9:36 am

I think its a good idea. There should be no free driving around downtown unless you have a motorcycle or some type of bike. It should be a walk around event. The city will definitely benefit from that. With all of the parking meters and garages. MARTA also will profit from this as well. Hotels will benefit because people would rather stay in a hotel instead of walking all the way back to their car or getting back on a but and train late at night. The people that plan this event should really take their time and sit down with the city of Atlanta to discuss things. Parents need to take responsibilities during this time also and keep their kids home as they are supposed to do. Young kids usually are those that start all of the trouble. The final thing would be no bottle drinking. I live in Savannah and there are two events that brings thousands of people into the city and are controlled almost perfectly each year. You have the St. Patrick’s Day celebration for an entire week with well over 200,000 visitors and Orange Crush which is held around April and May (the county really had that event under control).

Clyde

February 25th, 2010
9:36 am

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Shawny

February 25th, 2010
9:36 am

Heck to the No

Livin' Learn

February 25th, 2010
9:37 am

How soon we forget. What a terrible out of control mess FreakNik was. There are many horror stories from past FreakNiks and I would strongly oppose bringing it back. A high school teacher friend of mine told me one of the worse several years ago. His family, including two small children were in Atlanta for a night out. They got caught in a traffic gridlock during FreakNik and were unable to move. As music was blarring, the Freaknik revelers jumped on his car and started dancing and then jumping up and down on the hood, top and trunk of their car causing major damage. His children were horrified and screaming and the revelers were cursing and daring him to get out and do something about it. At least two of the out of control gang urinated on his car while others exposed themselves to the children. This is not the type people we need to encourage to come to Atlanta. It is obvious A.P.D. cannot handle such lawlessness and debauchery.

Thogwummpy

February 25th, 2010
9:38 am

Let’s set aside PC nonsense and tell the truth. “Thug culture” is the fashion in the young black community; regardless of class or income. It is worshipped in style, music, and attitudes. This is much more so than when Freaknik orginially operated. To turn loose a few hundred thousand visitors on our streets with no intent but to shed responsibile behave and act out their gangsta fantasies, is courting pandemonium. Neo-Freaknik would be far more chaotic, far more violent—and deep down in your honest gut…YOU KNOW IT. Freaknik ran out a number of prestigious conventions, as well as small business owners that couldn’t bear the damage and looting each year. Freaknik tarnished the image of Atlanta, proclaiming it as an “anything goes” open city akin to the wild west’s Deadwood. There is no upside to Freaknik; it is simply license for youth’s to roll and and trash our city; and the strain on over-taxed resources doesn’t warrant any local benefit. If you want Freaknik back, then you’re just thinking like a fool with your pants on the ground!

Freaknik Veteran

February 25th, 2010
9:39 am

Freaknik is like Woodstock…..it’s over and done with, so either enjoy or hate the memories!!

BTW – Freaknik was really over by 1994/1995.

atl2maryland

February 25th, 2010
3:35 pm

Whoever said crime has increased since the original Freaknic days either doesnt know what crime is, isnt really from Atlanta, or is just dumb!!!! Crime will probably never be like it was in the 90’s so you can rule that problem out.

Grad Student

February 25th, 2010
3:57 pm

SO MUCH HATRED… I cannot wait until 10 years from now when some of you rocket scientist have passed on. David Duke / yomama / and all the overt racists are a dying breed!!

The only reason why Freaknic is not supported is because of the audience.

Atlanta supports everything besides the HBCU’s……

If they did not spend money when they came here then how did they eat? Did they bring food with them?

Where did they sleep? Did they sleep in the cars?

I know how to use proper english and fortunately I am at a position in life where my kids will not be miseducated with yours. Public or Private school. Beatnic or Freaknic.

Let it go...

February 25th, 2010
5:09 pm

FreakNik was fun in ‘94 and ‘95.
Been there, done that.
Let it go and move on.
Do something different, go somewhere else but if a city can’t and won’t help with your safety, why would you want to go?

BigSapelo

February 25th, 2010
5:09 pm

Grad Student said “The only reason why Freaknic is not supported is because of the audience.”

WTH? You saying that Freaknic audiences are the only people who ever act like that? You is a racist!

Glitzerie

February 25th, 2010
5:33 pm

Freaknik will be great! Bring it! Panama Beach Florida and others have spring bling have it here in atlanta for our black colleges… Awesome! ;^)

Nick G

February 25th, 2010
6:00 pm

I’m white. When I was in high school the place to go for Spring Break was Fort Lauderdale. It was a 90% white crowd that jammed the streets, ruined hotel rooms, walked around drunk and made life miserable for locals. The city of Fort Lauderdale decided they did not want it anymore. The residents of Fort Lauderdale were mostly white. They made spring break completely impossible. Most people started going to Daytona Beach or Panama City, Florida, instead.

Atlanta did the same thing with Freaknik. Many kids who would now go to Freaknik in Atlanta go to Daytona Beach, Florida.

I think that the same rationale was behind both cities. They got sick of hundreds of thousands of college kids running around their towns. Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta. It’s really just about that.

Former Freakniker

February 25th, 2010
6:27 pm

I would love for FREAK NIK to return to Atlanta, If New Orleans can contain Mardi Gras year after year then Atlanta officials can get off of their butts and make this a money making event like wise. I honestly feel that if it was geared towards white students the city would make all sort of attempts to make sure it was here yearly if not twice a year. Atlanta (Mayors Office) don’t keep committing on what could happen, talk about what should happen and make the city some money. Maybe you guys could finally get this sewage thing paid for with the much needed revenue the city would generate.

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