As if morale in the Seattle Police Department isn’t bad enough, a new insult has been laid on them. The city Finance Department sends out an email to all staffers calling the police white supremacists.
Wouldn’t that just make you want to get up and rush right off to work? With all the crap you have to deal with outside on the street and then to be unfairly attacked by your city?
Is it any wonder they are so understaffed?
A local radio station exposed the email that was written by Daniel Holmberg, a FAS senior management systems analyst. The email was titled, “White supremacy thrives without consequences”.
The heading read, “Black Lives Matter: A message and resources from the Change Team.”
The email said that they didn’t want to paint all officers with the same brush, just before they painted all police with the same brush.
KTTH-AM host Jason Rantz revealed Tuesday evening the text of what he labeled an “unhinged” email that was sent to every staffer in the Seattle City Finance Department and Administrative Services, or FAS, by the “FAS Change Team.”
Daniel Holmberg said:
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The ubiquity of this phenomenon, found in all corners of law enforcement, reveals a broken culture, a world split in two: white supremacists and those who know better but go along to get along. In such a culture, good people who stay silent attempt to walk the razor’s edge between complicity and absolution. But it is a failed proposition. Silence is sunlight to the seeds of villainy. The full axiom is “one bad apple can spoil the barrel” and this barrel is writhing with maggots.
Might it be that white supremacy sees in law enforcement its most tangible, immediately satisfying and most enduring method of harming people of color? Law enforcement provides an ideal habitat for white supremacists—a pulpit from which they can level catastrophic harm while enjoying the greatest protections. They wear the uniform like camouflage, hiding in plain sight. I respect and hold gratitude for the service of anyone who does so with honor, but the dignity and duty espoused by the badge do not come with the badge; they need to be earned on the back of righteous deeds.
“We’re not asking you to shoot guilty white people the way you shoot innocent Black people, we’re asking you to protect innocent black people the way you protect guilty white people.”