VIDEO: Mayor, governor, community leaders speak, urging that protests’ message not be lost

4:36 PM: Live via Seattle Channel above, another briefing for the mayor, and this time she’s joined by Gov. Inslee and “community and faith leaders to discuss the escalated incidents this weekend and the continued importance of seeking justice for George Floyd.” Meantime, crowds are again gathered downtown, and the second night of a citywide curfew order is slated to take effect at 5 pm (as an AlertSeattle bulletin just reminded everyone subscribed to that service).

4:43 PM: So far no new information. The mayor turns over the mic to the governor, and says he will be followed by Seattle Central College president Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange. Inslee stresses that the “important message (of the protests)” must not “be obscured” by the destruction that followed. He adds, “We have so much more to do to root out the inequities in our society.”

Dr. Lange says she hesitated to accept the invitation because she is “tired … angry … grieving.” She speaks of the protests’ message earlier in the day – and then seeing “mostly white men … with huge backpacks” who were not there to hear “the message of hope.” What can allies do? “Join us” in fighting for justice, for equity, and more. She is followed by Dr. Rev. Carey Anderson, pastor of Seattle’s First African Methodist Episcopal Church. He too speaks of the hopes and dreams expressed yesterday, and of the “pandemic of racism … that we must come to grips with.”

He is followed by Andre Taylor, founder of Not This Time. He tells his “story of redemption” and implores others to take hope from it – “When I am here, you are here as well … we all have a lot of work to do.”

5:02 PM: On to Q&A. Asked what proof the city has so far that the destructive agitators were from elsewhere, the mayor cites none, instead saying, “wherever they were from,” they came with a different agenda. Then, a question about the protests under way downtown right now – what will the police do differently? SPD Chief Carmen Best says they’re working to “manage” the crowd of about 1,000 people and that they “fully intend to enforce” the curfew that just took effect, working on a strategy right now.

Dr. Rev. Anderson says they’re having a prayer vigil at noon Monday at his church – with social distancing – all welcome. (1522 14th Ave.)

No numbers on arrests or injuries; the mayor notes that there were “no significant injuries.”

Asked why a citywide curfew, the mayor says among other things it provides a lawful basis to ask people to disperse. She also notes that the stay-home order remains in effect (without noting that it expires at midnight, five hours before the curfew ends). Will the curfew be extended beyond tonight? The mayor said they’ll be evaluating it after tonight. … The event wraps at 5:30 pm. When archived video is available, we will add it above in place of the live SC window. (added 8:10 pm – added).

13 Replies to "VIDEO: Mayor, governor, community leaders speak, urging that protests' message not be lost"

  • WSDUDEMAN May 31, 2020 (8:06 pm)

    Unfortunately the message of is already lost thanks to the looting and unnecessary violence.

    • Russ May 31, 2020 (8:36 pm)

      Then your attention span is not long enough.  How can the message of racial inequality be lost because some morons looted a store?  Jesus.

      • WSDUDEMAN June 1, 2020 (9:04 am)

        Russ, some morons did much more than loot one store. I invite you to go see it for yourself. Unfortunately those actions of a few can and do highjack the peaceful efforts of the march. We could have had powerful imagery and video of peaceful people walking in unity, instead it’s shattered windows, groups of looters and kids stealing AR-15s from torched police vehicles. It would have been amazing for our city to show the rest of the country that we can march for justice and demand accountability for those who harm us without resorting to senseless violence…but we failed. 

    • Felix Grounds May 31, 2020 (10:01 pm)

      Yes, all that police violence is unnecessary.

  • Cycleman May 31, 2020 (9:07 pm)

    Well said Russ.

  • tm7302 May 31, 2020 (11:06 pm)

    Two wrongs don’t make a right…

  • Geoff June 1, 2020 (7:25 am)

    Thanks Russ…perfect.

  • Brian June 1, 2020 (8:56 am)

    The message is that cops need to be disarmed nationwide and it’s pretty easy to remember.

  • Lagartija Nick June 1, 2020 (1:12 pm)

    Yesterday the mayor cried over destroyed property. Did she cry when she removed accountability measures in the latest police contract? Is she crying as she’s trying to lift the consent decree from SPD?The mayor emphatically stated that SPD did not instigate any of the violence. Then why did I see images of small children being maced? Crowds of protesters (not rioters) being gassed? Demonstrators being clubbed? Video of SPD officers breaking out a window? And so much more.While watching the news coverage on Saturday I was struck by how much police presence there was DURING the protest but when the cars were set on fire, shops got destroyed and looted, there wasn’t a cop in sight. Why weren’t they there with the same force as was clearly visible during the demonstrations?I am so thankful I didn’t vote for this mayor. I knew her progressive lip service during the campaign was just that, lip service. What a disgrace.

  • ScubaFrog June 1, 2020 (1:48 pm)

    We’ll always remember George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor et al. The Message has been Strong since the abolition of slavery.  Black and minority lives are lost at a disproportionate rate.  It should be noted that white lives are lost too, the numbers are staggering.  The nation has an  overly-militarized police force, and overly-criminalized anti-justice system with prisons that house more convicts than any country’s prison system on earth (think about India/China with billions of citizens). Sadly  The violence and ruinous behavior was/is so toxic, and accomplishes nothing.  It’s a slap in the face to everyone trying to make a change.  And change can only be made through peace.  Dr. King and Gandhi achieved so much through peace, and I didn’t get that in my two first two decades of life.  I certainly do now.  I’m surprised and saddened by Durkan’s new divisive tweets, blaming white men and their “privilege” for the violence.  

  • ally cat June 1, 2020 (3:34 pm)

    The majority of people protesting in Seattle were doing so peaceably, they were not violent or destructive.

    Unfortunately, these events attracted some piggy-backers, folks that came down just because they wanted to act out and cause drama. If you watch the coverage, the majority appear to be young people, many white, who were behaving out of control and it was out of step with the majority.

    Please don’t use the bad behavior of a handful who showed up to be destructive, to shift the focus and support away from the black community, who need to be heard and need our support.

    If you don’t have anything supportive to say, maybe sit back and listen, and try to understand better, why the protests are necessary.

  • ally cat June 1, 2020 (6:04 pm)

    Before real change and progress towards racial justice can happen, I think white people will need to stop reacting defensively and negatively to the term ‘white privilege.’

    It’s not an insult, it’s just the reality, and I worry nothing will change on a deep level until that is widely understood and embraced.

    White privilege, is likely never having to worry that what happened to George Floyd will happen to you.

    The whole situation started with a clerk calling the police over a counterfeit $20 bill. Do people realize that counterfeit bills circulate? All of us have probably had one unknowingly in our wallet at some point. Can you imagine this scenario of being restrained to death happening to you over a counterfeit bill? If you watch the video, he appeared to be cooperating, and was doing nothing threatening, and he was asking for help.

    White privilege is not having to fear the police will treat you unjustly and kill you, because of the color of your skin, and socioeconomic circumstances.

    • ScubaFrog June 1, 2020 (8:40 pm)

      I wholeheartedly agree.  I learned a long time ago about my privilege in a university.  It shocks me that many white people still deny theirs.  I live as a non-racist ideologically and in my actions.  I get so tired of hearing “I’m not a racist!” from blatant racists and/or bigots when they cross a line that they shouldn’t have crossed.  

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