Cleaning poop off the sidewalk is racist now. We’ve all barely recovered from hearing The Planet of the Apes is racist and now this!
A Seattle councilman is opposed to hosing sidewalks that reek of urination and excrement near a local courthouse because he fears that it might be racially insensitive. Power washing reminds him of hoses used against civil rights activists.
I’m not messing with you. That’s what he said.
The area surrounding King County Superior Court includes a homeless shelter and other social-services organizations and has become an “unsanitary and potentially frightening” scene — one “that reeks of urine and excrement” — according to an article in the Seattle Times.
Judges are complaining that it is unsafe and unsanitary. Jurors are refusing to go despite wanting to fulfill their civic duty because they’re afraid.
There are two problems – crime and unsanitary conditions.
Jurors have been attacked outside the courthouse and employees have been spat upon, slammed against a wall or punched.
Two judges asked that steps be taken to clean up the courthouse with a daily power-wash of the surrounding sidewalks, which reek of urine and excrement. They also asked for trash cans to be emptied regularly.
Sound reasonable? Not to the city council.
Power-Washing is like hosing civil rights activists
According to the Times, Councilmember Larry Gossett “said he didn’t like the idea of power-washing the sidewalks because it brought back images of the use of hoses against civil-rights activists.”
There is nothing about Gossett’s statement that meets the minimal guidelines of sanity.
His Facebook page reads like the Bible for social justice warriors.
In addition to the filth around the courthouse, people yell, drink, and frighten passersby, but none of that is a crime so nothing is done. They could make it illegal but that is not a concept they could ever accept.
As far as cleaning excrement off the streets, why is this even being discussed? Just hose it down!
While nothing official has been decided about what is apparently a difficult issue, the facilities manager said that they would step up cleaning in the meantime though no one thinks this will last for any length of time.