And yet this mayor belongs to the party of the KKK and Jim Crow.
Tacoma’s Mayor Marilyn Strickland recently told students at Pacific Lutheran University that the reasons Republicans were unsuccessful in recruiting minorities was because “they are racist.” When her comments leaked to the media, she said she intended to say that they were “perceived as racist.”
I don’t buy the idea that she “intended” to say something different. But I can accept that in hindsight she wishes she had. And that’s a start. At least she acknowledges that Republicans are trying to include minorities, which is more than some Democrats have been willing to say of late. And it’s good that she feels enough shame in her remarks that she wishes to modify them. As someone who speaks in public for a living, I know it’s easy to say something stupid you wish you could take back.