Mayor Cheryl Selby of Olympia, Washington supported the civil “unrest” that followed the horrific death of George Floyd. She issued a statement that Olympia would not institute a curfew that might hamper demonstrations.
“Let me be clear: The City of Olympia supports the peaceful protests that highlight the racial injustices black people continue to endure at the hands of police in the United States.”
Olympia, she said, was “not without sin in this matter.”
ESPN writer Chris Martin Palmer was also sympathetic to the demonstrators. When retweeting a photo of a Minneapolis building that had been set on fire, he had this brave message:
Burn it all down.
Oh, dear. Now both seem to have had a change of heart. This happened when their own private property was vandalized or merely threateed. There was quite a scene at Ms. Selby’s house:
The black-clad group eventually marched up Capitol Way and into the South Capitol neighborhood to Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby’s house. There, the group chanted “abolish the police,” and a person spray painted her front porch and door with “BLM.” A man with a flat, metal paddle-like object who was backed up by a line of cars told the group to leave, threatening them if they didn’t.
Selby and her family were not home last night, but her neighbors began texting her when the protesters arrived at her house.
Here is what Mayor Selby is saying now:
“I’m really trying to process this,” Selby told the newspaper Saturday, after the rioters’ Friday night spree left her front door and porch covered with spray-painted messages. “It’s like domestic terrorism. It’s unfair.
“It hurts when you’re giving so much to your community,” she added.
From what I can tell the demonstrators didn’t damage Mr. Palmer’s house but merely came a bit too close for his comfort. Alas, he was no longer quite so sympathetic:
“Get these animals TF out of my neighborhood,” Palmer wrote. “Go back to where you live.”
I have a question for Mayor Selby and Mr. Palmer: Why is your property more important than that of thousands of other people, many black owners of small businesses, who had scrimped and saved to build better lives?
And aren’t small businesses that provide jobs and a texture for the community giving as much as Mayor Selby to their communities?