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Racism takes hold in Edmonds | Our View


Last updated 7/16/2020 at 11:17am

In his year as student representative, Zach Bauder has remained mostly silent at Edmonds City Council meetings when he and councilmembers are asked to speak – or not – on anything that may be on their minds.

On Tuesday, Bauder – who attended Lakeside High School but lives in Edmonds – ended his silence with a six-minute diatribe that denounced Black Lives Matter and called white racism a lie.

“I’ve got a bit of comment for tonight,” he said, adding that, “I am one who has always hated lies.”

For example, Bauder – a young white man, said the following:

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Patricia Davis writes:

It is possible that the reference to tearing down statues was not in reference to the taking down of confederate statues, which most people agree should be removed from public parks in an orderly democratic way. It is possible that the reference was to the recent attempts by mobs to tear down the statues of US Presidents: Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt were https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/22/andrew-jackson-statue-washington-335142 In early July, even statues of abolitionists were being destroyed. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/nyregion/frederick-douglass-statue-rochester.html https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2020/06/24/madison-protesters-pull-down-forward-hans-christian-heg-statues-attack-senator-sculptures-in-lake/3247948001/ I don't think it is fair to assume someone opposing all vandalism of public art is referring to confederate statues, assume they support keeping those statues in the parks, and then call them a racist.


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