A Lesson for Seattle from Charleston

The nearest movie theater to the Third District is downtown.   Our only major street, Broadway, has recently been optimized with a two way bike highway that, together tihe the new tolly car lane, restricts this boulevard to less than two useable lanes.

There is a lesson here for Seattle’s District 3.  While we are in the midst of our first election for the City Council, the Trotskite rhetoric around Kshama Sawant has turned the campaign from the real issues here … a form of Apartheid that will soon have driven out all the Black community. along with the artists,  working class Catholic families, UW faculty and students, gay community and so many others that made this part of the city, like Mother Emanuael, the soul of our city

“Mother Emanuael”  is  fated to become a home to ghosts, a museum frequented by curious white folks.

I am a Jew.  On my first visit to Amsterdam I went to the Jewish museum.  The museum outraged me.  How can MY people be treated as if we no longer exist? I felt I was surrounded by ghosts.

Though I am not Black, I shiver when I hear white folks from Charleston talking about “Mother Emanuael.”  The historic church was once the soul of a bustling black neighborhood and the center of the Black civil rights movement in one of the most racist states in the US. But now, real estate investors have priced the Black community out and  whites recently became the majority population for the first time in 60 years.

That is why this slaughter is a lesson for Seattle and District 3. Sawant’s Ciry Council 4rhetoric about corporate greed and Marxist solutions to global warming have as little to do with Seattle and  District 3 as the prayers spoken by the now majority white residents of Charleston have to do with the fate of Emanuael in their city. The prayers for the slaughtered are probably well felt, just as the good Dutch Burghers feel good when they visit THEIR Jewish Museum. 


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  1. Roger Rabbit #

    Dang. It’s “burghers,” not “bergers.” Of course, spelling is trivial. It’s ideas that matter.