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Speaking of dignity and equality...

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner in front of Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick speaks against racist propaganda at a news conference Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, near the state line. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner in front of Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick speaks against racist propaganda at a news conference Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, near the state line. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...


In this Spokesman-Review picture Spokane Mayor Mary Verner in front of Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick speaks against racist propaganda at a news conference Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, near the state line.


I will not and cannot denigrate nor contradict what the Illuminati of Spokane and Coeur d'Alene said during the press conference about racism, for they are right. We need to be aware of racist developments in our communities, to take strong stands against it, and to stop it before it gains a foothold. We cannot stand idly by while a vocal minority of Aryan racists foment racial hatred against persons of color. We should and must be heard speaking in one voice against race hatred.


However, our communities' leaders also need to take a stand against abuses of other kinds as well. I would like to see a similar group of public officials take strong public stands against police intimidation, particularly of those mentally ill in our communities. Like race hatred, small steps have been already undertaken, but we must persevere. We must have the courage of our convictions to stand up and in one voice demand human dignity for all peoples, from all walks of life, and that decency and humanity be accorded to everyone, regardless of race, creed, color or mental health.


Not just when it is politically expedient.


Dave




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