Wow, just wow. This from Publicola in its coverage of the Seattle marches related to the Ferguson decision (bold mine).
At the press conference prior to the arrests Murray said: "Bike
officers do a great job. Officers will be out there [tonight] on
bicycles." He added, "We're not Ferguson," citing the lack of African
Americans on the Ferguson police force ["only three," he claimed] saying
Seattle had "a number of African American officers."
However, saying there was "an enormous gulf of mistrust" between
African American communities and the police, he added that, "race
remains our greatest challenge. We have to confront the challenge
painfully again and again." He said there was "tremendous hurt in the
African American community" about the grand jury's decision in "the
murder of Mr. Brown."
Murray boiled the issue down to the Seattle school system. "We are
failing our young African American men, sending them to prison instead
I asked Murray afterwards if he had any specific plans to address
the problems in Seattle schools—he had cited drop out numbers among
African American students. He said only that he wanted to convene the
City, businesses, and Seattle Public Schools to identify a joint effort.
Addressing persistent rumors that he's interested in having the city
take over the school district, he said that would require authorization
in Olympia and told me the city was not lobbying state legislators for
My answer to that:
Murray is going to blame the Seattle public education for all the
ills of society? Not poverty or police injustice? I call that BS.
He's going to wrap himself in this civil rights mantle and say Seattle Schools is the problem?
for this "conversation" he wants to say, it's just groundcover for
trying to drum up support for a City takeover of the School Board. Sure the
Mayor isn't lobbying - all his confederates are. Go look at the usual
suspects and you'll know who they are.
Mr. Mayor, it'll be quite the
gamble and I predict that you will lose.
There are several fairly simple reasons why but the main one being that no one likes being told that
they are stupid. Taking the Board means you think we are smart enough to vote for
say, mayor, but not school board? Good luck with that.