Racial slur hurled at African-American woman in Edmonds


Last updated 10/18/2018 at Noon

Edmonds experienced another ugly racial incident recently during the annual Write on the Sound conference.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, an African-American woman emailed the Edmonds Diversity Commission to report that, as she was walking down Main Street from the Frances Anderson Center to the Edmonds Theater for the keynote speech, a white man in a car rolled down the window as he drove by and yelled the "N-word" word at her.

“She was upset, of course, and left the entire conference, which was going all weekend long,” said Economic Development Director Patrick Doherty, the City of Edmonds’ liaison to the commission.

Doherty said the City’s Parks and Recreation department contacted the woman and offered sympathy and regret.

“She appreciated the gesture, and said she would come back to Edmonds for future events,” Doherty said, “but needed to leave that day because she was rightfully upset.”

It was in May that a 59-year-old woman was arrested and charged with malicious harassment after reportedly yelling at an Edmonds resident, who was with family members at McDonald’s, that she didn’t belong in the city because she was speaking Spanish.

On Feb. 5, Edmonds police responded to the Esperance home of two African-American siblings – an 18-year-old man and his 14-year-old sister – who said they were in the parking lot of Harvey’s Lounge and were verbally assaulted by a woman who came out of the bar with a baseball bat, hurling racial slurs their way.

The woman was arrested for malicious mischief. The case is still being reviewed for charging, according to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.

On Oct. 26, 2017, two African-American construction workers at the Building 10 condos construction site on Pine Street discovered a noose tied over a beam in an area they had access to. The superintendent and foreman on the work site were fired by the contractor, Seattle-based Venture General Contracting.

In summer 2017, there were two reports of racially motivated graffiti at Madrona K-8.

And in April 2017, swastikas were painted on cars and homes in the Westgate and Esperance neighborhoods.

A few months later, Edmonds police arrested a 21-year-old man for vandalizing a vehicle at Westgate Chapel. They had found a swastika spray-painted on the side of a vehicle belonging to a church member.


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