A Seattle man was arrested this week when police say he claimed ownership of an alley in downtown Seattle and defended his territory from passersby and police using a 25′ drainage pipe.
According to local media, the altercation took place around 6:30 p.m. on April 23 near 2nd Avenue and Yesler Way in Seattle, Washington.
A man was recycling boxes in the alley when the alleged pipe attacker ran at him with the improvised weapon, telling him that he owned the alley and the man recycling boxes needed to leave.
Police arrived at the scene shortly after, and began a standoff with the man, who again asserted his ownership of the alley and told the police to “leave (his) alley)” while brandishing his 25′ drainage pipe.
The standoff lasted for “approximately two hours” before police were able to coax the man to drop his 25′ drainage pipe and enter their custody. KIRO7 reports he was booked into King County Jail.
The West Coast and Seattle have been hit with a plague of homelessness, violence, and waste in recent years, as detailed in a stunning documentary titled “Seattle is Dying”, which details the city and state policies that led to Seattle becoming a haven for drug addled homeless people.
In nearby San Francisco, California, the city is grappling with a disgusting new problem that seems as though it belongs in Medieval Europe: human waste is piling up on the streets. A new map produced by the city reveals the extent of the problem, showing certain areas of the city to be completely covered in the brown stuff.
Last year, Big League Politics reported that a 20-pound bag of human feces was found on a public sidewalk in San Francisco.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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