I never met a person who had actually heard the messages that folks like Chris Matthews were telling us were there for us. No conservatives I spoke with ever heard those messages. If someone is trying to spread subtle messages, they're doing it wrong if the intended audience doesn't understand the message.
Someone made the rather sharp observation, which I'll paraphrase as, "if you're the only one hearing a dog whistle, you're the dog". Chris Matthews, you're the dog.
The relevance in this case is a little story out of liberal paradise Seattle, Washington. In another bid to
The blocks surrounding the King County Superior Court are home to most of Seattle’s homeless shelters and social service buildings, and the sidewalks in the area emit a strong stench of urine and excrement, according to the Seattle Times. Employees at the courthouse say the area is also unsafe and that several jurors and half a dozen employees have been attacked outside the building.The Sheriff had noted how bad it had gotten. The clerk of the courts had reported people coming for jury duty were scared off and apparently willing to consider being on the other side of a jury rather than face the stench in the area.
Judges Laura Inveen and Jim Rogers asked the county on Tuesday for help with the area, requesting that the courthouse be cleaned with a daily power-wash to get rid of the human waste stench along with taking measures like removing bus stop benches in the area to decrease crime.
“I’ve never seen it this bad,” Rogers told the Metropolitan King County Council’s committee on government accountability and oversight Tuesday morning
When the issue came to the County Commission to be acted on, Concilman Larry Gossett had the most puzzling response I've seen - and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't hear something that's totally, absolutely Nucking Futs. He said it was a racist microaggression.
Thankfully, saner heads prevailed and the idea that poop had to be cleaned up was accepted. The area has been pressure watched. Meanwhile, anyone over the age of about two would recognize that if they saw poop on the floor somewhere, it needed to be cleaned up. Even that two year old might hose it off the sidewalk outside.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.”
Councilman Gossett, if you honestly think that cleaning streets is racist, you're the racist. If every time you see a hose being used to clean something, you think about "the use of hoses against civil-rights activists", you have a psychological problem. This is in the category of unhealthy obsessions. You should seek qualified help. If you think only a certain race would defecate in the street, that also makes you the racist. Either way, seek help.
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I'm not a shrink, and I don't know what words to use, but I think someone with that kind of response needs to find competent help.