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November 14, 2016

Bubble pop

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

Apparently on Friday night while a large number of Alamedans were gathered in front of City Hall in order to come together in solidarity and show that Alameda is a welcoming place for all people, someone or several someones decided to put cold water on that sentiment.

Remember how I said on Wednesday that I would probably, maybe be okay because I live in the bubble of the Bay Area?  Well the reports incidents of aggression against people of color and religious minorities even in the bubble of the Bay Area has made me a lot less certain that is true.

Just so we’re keeping track here:

And now in Alameda:

According to reports the graffiti included your typical pejoratives against Blacks and Asians.

If it can happen here where there is largely a supportive community, imagine how terrified and terrorizing it must be to be a person of color, religious minority, LGBTQ person somewhere where these sorts of acts are not denounced.

This morning Alameda elementary schools, as long as someone is there organizing, will be welcoming families and stating loudly that everyone belongs in Alameda.  From the organizer: 

Monday, November 14 @ 8:00am
Where: At each of Alameda’s Elementary Schools

On Friday, November 11, someone posted hate graffiti on the wall of Edison School. District staff and community members acted quickly to paint over it.

At 8am, Monday morning, the District is encouraging community members to greet students and families at each of the city’s elementary schools with signs displaying hearts and/or the words “Everyone Belongs Here” to stand in silent support for all students in Alameda. (old lawn signs are a perfect reuse for this!)

Because of the age range in elementary school, we ask that participants stay quiet, smile and at most say welcome to people arriving, but not raise the issue about the graffiti, which the district and individual parents will decide how to engage with their kids.

Please join us for thirty minutes in standing up to hate in Alameda.



  1. Alameda won’t put up with that kind of garbage

    Comment by MP — November 14, 2016 @ 7:19 am

  2. It’s good it’s coming to the surface. We can’t heal or change that which is buried beneath the surface.

    Comment by Karen Bey — November 14, 2016 @ 7:38 am

    • Good comment

      Comment by MP — November 14, 2016 @ 8:02 am

  3. You might want to do a bit of follow up on the sign on the house in Pittsburg. It was on the News this morning,

    Comment by frank — November 14, 2016 @ 7:48 am

  4. I received a phone message from Encinal School saying they will not tolerate racist or intolerance in their schools — and they plan to have a welcome committee Monday morning to make sure the students feel supported. Thank you AUSD — this is how you counter hate!

    Saw a sign prepared by a child hanging on the front window of their home — it says “Diversity is Our Strength”!!!!!

    Comment by Karen Bey — November 14, 2016 @ 8:04 am

  5. I spent a portion of my evening trying to explain to a Trump voter why his attitude was wrong that everyone speaking out is “sour grapes” and needs to get over it and “it is time to stop saying mean things about our president elect and come together and stop trying to make people feel bad about their votes.” After having my well thought out comment deleted by him because it is the “kind of language that incites violence” I threw up my hands and realized nobody is ready to learn anything. Maybe the only people ready to change right now are “liberal” whites that are passively supportive can become more vocal and interventionist. Trump voters aren’t ready to see what they’ve done, even if some of them had non racist or misogynistic reasons for voting for him

    Comment by Bmac — November 14, 2016 @ 8:49 am

    • The most hateful signs I’ve seen say: “assassinate trump” & “rape melania”. I don’t recall any signs saying “rape hillary” during the campaign. Who knew that the left was full of intolerant hateful bigots?

      Comment by vigi — November 14, 2016 @ 9:50 am

      • vigi never saw all the lynched Hillary effigies or the target practices drawn over Hillary’s face either during the campaign because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

        Comment by Lauren Do — November 14, 2016 @ 10:02 am

        • The left is not taking Michelle Obama’s advice of “taking the high road”. They’re just as bad as who they complain about.

          Comment by vigi — November 14, 2016 @ 12:57 pm

      • vigi, I really hate your use of “they”, broad brush and all. No group can be held responsible for very last soul. I talked to our son after the election about demonstrations in NYC. He said he wasn’t feeling it but he was proud that the demonstrations were mostly peaceful, especially for a place with such huge population. We contrasted the reports of Portland and Oakland where idiots were breaking windows, in Oakland the Oaklandish store which sells those images of the tree derived from City logo. I think there was just a single “rape Melania” placard. The racist images of Obama with African head dress and bones through his nose and actual effigies being hung or burned were legion. Quantity aside it’s still a false equivalency.

        Comment by MI — November 14, 2016 @ 6:27 pm

        • There you go again, MI..”hating”. I have never said I hate anything, but you (liberals) seem to say “I hate” stuff all the time. You might want to look up the definition of the word “legion”, because you are using it incorrectly.

          Comment by vigi — November 15, 2016 @ 9:44 am

      • Those kind of Hillary “hate signs” were on display in Ohio and in Western Pennsylvania on a road trip i took in October. In Indiana I saw one with those sentiments, and it was the size of a billboard. Would be interested to know where you saw the ones you’re referencing…..

        Comment by Jordan1324 — November 16, 2016 @ 11:08 pm

  6. It’s seriously time to consider Alexit.

    Comment by jack — November 14, 2016 @ 9:12 am

  7. I want to make sure people realize that incidents like this should always be reported to the local police. Also, the Southern Poverty Law Center has a form for reporting hate crimes like this.

    Comment by therealdanwood — November 14, 2016 @ 9:22 am


    Comment by Alameda Landlord — November 14, 2016 @ 10:14 am

    • He yapping Chihuahuas…

      Comment by jack — November 14, 2016 @ 10:22 am

  9. There’s a nation-wide uptick in hate crime and Alameda has had its own share. Tearing off the hijab of a little girl, “if HE’S in YOUR out”, “if he can touch you there so can I”, and graffiti on our schools. Enough is enough.

    Children perpetrating these crimes are victims too. I call out the parents who teach their children racism, xenophobia, homophobia – all the worst in human nature. I will speak truth to what you perceive to be your power. You are the responsible party. Alameda will hold you accountable. The good news is that the vast majority of Alamedans are not like you. You are a minority in our midst. And you need help so you can be part of community and not a force that mindlessly rents it asunder.

    If we do not stop this who will? If not now, when? If you are a victim of hate crime, touched in this way by today’s events, REPORT it immediately to the police, name names, take pictures and videos and REMEMBER: while our President Elect may have set this atrocious example and while he has behaved in this outrageous manner and, while he has unleashed a monster in our midst, hate crime is STILL illegal in the state of California last I checked.

    We’ve work to do folks.

    Comment by Gabrielle "Gaby" Dolphin — November 14, 2016 @ 11:11 am

  10. Wow that Pittsburg, CA sign is really over the top…so much so that maybe I should look into what happened…oh wait:

    It was hung up by an older black guy on his own house over some personal grievance he has with the courts.

    Are a lot of these other stories are unraveling as well?

    I’m just a straight white guy who nobody is in the mood to hear from right now, but this may be a big distraction preventing people from paying attention to what is really going on with the federal government during this big transition.

    Comment by brock — November 14, 2016 @ 11:14 am

  11. Not to be forgotten in all of this is that if you look at 2012 and 2016 exit polling on CNN’s website, it shows Trump did slightly worse percentage-wise among Whites than Romney in 2012 and Trump did slightly better among Latinos, Black and Asians than Romney in 2012. Trump received 29% of Asian and Latino votes, 8% of Black votes and 37% of “other race” (to Clinton’s 56%; the White vote was approximately the reverse at 58-37 for Trump, which was down from 59-39 in favor of Romney over Obama in 2012). Some of the polling around the election was obviously skewed, so maybe there are other, more accurate numbers. Not happy that Trump won, but these numbers are better than the alternative.

    Anyway, here’s to Chris Christie heading Dept. Transportation. That was a joke.

    Comment by MP — November 14, 2016 @ 11:42 am

    • Those exit polls get the results wrong every. single. time. They are instructive for looking at the broad brushes, but trying to use them to the level of precision you do in comparing small swings from one election to the next seems like folly.

      Comment by BMac — November 14, 2016 @ 11:51 am

      • Do you think the actual numbers varied dramatically from CNN’s? I don’t know. My point was a broad brush one and would be about the same if, instead, Trump did slightly worse than Romney among non-Whites (instead of the reverse as shown by CNN’s current numbers) and only slightly better among Whites than Romney. If. the. true. numbers. vary. significantly., I’ll have to reassess.

        Comment by MP — November 14, 2016 @ 12:24 pm

        • I have zero confidence that the numbers between Romney’s support w/ p.o.c. can be judged relative to Trumps. Other than to say, they both lost big. Trying to infer meaning in swings of a few points between 2012 and 2016 is folly, imo, given how wrong the top line numbers of the exit poll always are (and those are the only ones we can check for accuracy).

          Comment by BMac — November 14, 2016 @ 12:41 pm

        • Ok one more try. I’m not trying to infer a lot of meaning in the small percentage changes, but rather trying to find some amount of relief in the fact that at this point the numbers do not appear to have gotten much worse as compared with the latest election. The alternative to that, and the conversation we would be having instead, is almost too gloomy to mention.

          Comment by MP — November 14, 2016 @ 1:07 pm

  12. I was at Rockwall yesterday and the guy I was talking to said he really hates Trump. Should I report that to the PLC?

    Comment by jack — November 14, 2016 @ 11:52 am

    • Yes because that’s exactly the same as someone putting their hands on you to remove an item of cultural or religious significance or writing graffiti with derogatory names for a whole racial group. Glad we have some perspective on that.

      Comment by Lauren Do — November 14, 2016 @ 11:59 am

    • no Jack, bye him a bottle of their best wine. don’t forget Jack you are living in my bubble.

      Comment by John Piziali — November 14, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

      • I’m relieved that Clinton lost. I’m also incapable of believing that any elected official isn’t a corrupt, lying scumbag including those in your and Do’s bubble. Trump just got elected so he’ll be just like every President since 1929. He’s already said he’s keeping the two worst parts of Obama care. My advise is stock up on vaseline.

        Comment by jack — November 15, 2016 @ 9:21 am

        • Why do you think covering pre-existing conditions and snowflakes who live with their insured parents until age 26 are the “two worst parts of Obamacare”, Jack?

          I rather think forcing nuns & people over 65 to pay for policies that cover abortion, birth control, & gender reassignment surgery are much worse.

          Comment by vigi — November 15, 2016 @ 9:29 am

  13. Off topic but a great woman Journalist has died.

    Comment by frank — November 14, 2016 @ 11:57 am

    The Portland “protests” are full-blown riots, in which the rioters are trashing the businesses of people who probably did vote for Hillary Clinton.

    Such incidents seem quite a bit worse than threatening to pull off someone’s headscarf.

    Comment by vigi — November 15, 2016 @ 9:38 am

    • It’s all your fault vigi!

      Comment by MI — November 15, 2016 @ 12:52 pm

      • Really, Gaylon? The man being beaten & robbed DID vote for Trump. The crowd is chanting anti-Trump slogans. And you’re saying this video doesn’t count?

        It’s the thought that counts

        Comment by vigi — November 15, 2016 @ 7:46 pm

    • Infowars? Bwahahah. Pass.

      Next vigi will be posting about how Sandy Hook was a hoax.

      Also to add to Gaylon’s fact checking:

      Comment by Lauren Do — November 16, 2016 @ 5:33 am

      • From The Hill: The man who was beaten, David Wilcox of Chicago, told The Chicago Tribune after the attack that he and his wife don’t feel safe, especially since their car was also stolen.

        “What’s happening to America?” said Wilcox. “You’re supposed to be able to vote in peace! It’s supposed to be part of our democracy.

        “And what happened is, I vote for somebody, and I get beaten, robbed and my car stolen, and I have no way of getting my wife to and from work safe anymore.”

        If the source matters so much to you, the Wilcox beating was reported by Associated Press & Chicago local WGN. Snopes is good for debunking reports of stuff that never happened, but this did happen. The white man was beaten and robbed by an anti-Trump mob, who assumed he voted for Trump and refused to help him, because he is white. That’s racism, too.

        Anti-Trump protesters, like so many other left-leaning groups, have blocked many freeways in this country. We don’t know how much public safety has been impeded by this, but it is unlikely there has been no effect on response times.

        When was the last time a conservative group blocked a freeway to further their agenda? Remember all those right-wing riots when Obama was elected? Oh,that’s right… there weren’t any…

        Comment by vigi — November 16, 2016 @ 10:51 am

        • Wilcox said he did vote for Trump on Tuesday, but no one in the crowd would have known that. He said the taunts appeared to come from people watching the beating, including one person at the bus stop who he heard say, “Yeah, it’s one of them white boy Trump guys.”

          But, please, continue to focus on your infowars generated links and the same incident and ignore the 400 + incidents that have been catalogued by the SPLC.

          Comment by Lauren Do — November 16, 2016 @ 1:50 pm

        • Vigi: I want you to know that all the posters here at the Bayport Blog love you, and wish everyday in your life is better than the last.

          Despite our political differences, we all share your concerns about public safety vehicles being impeded by stopped freeway traffic. Whatever the cause, freeway traffic should never stop, and the people and cars stopping freeway traffic should be held accountable.

          When you write about a race war against white people I am reminded of a story I heard, not sure if it is true. A couple were traveling, and the woman was expecting. They tried to rent a room in Bethlehem, and the inn-keeper asked them where they were from. They said Nazareth, and he showed them the barn. I can’t believe that this happened to a white couple. Maybe the story was wrong and the couple wasn’t white.

          Hope today is your best day ever, and you can still look forward to a tomorrow with better internet access.

          Comment by Gerard L. — November 16, 2016 @ 2:20 pm

        • Lauren, you really don’t understand what the word “racism” even means, do you? Whenever a person is assumed to think or behave a certain way, based solely on the color of their skin, that’s racism. It has nothing to do with whether that crowd knew the white person voted for Trump. They assumed that, because he is white, he must have voted for Trump. So when he pulled over to exchange insurance info, the racists who made that assumption beat him, robbed him, & stole his car This is as much a hate crime as any, but no one in the liberal MSM is calling it that.

          As for the SLPC, I guess you must be anti-semitic:

          Comment by vigi — November 17, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

        • Vigi: Let your anger go and feel the love of the blogosphere.

          Comment by Gerard L. — November 17, 2016 @ 11:10 pm

        • No vigi, why don’t you — as a white woman — tell me — a woman of color — what racism is.

          Clearly, I have no idea.

          Comment by Lauren Do — November 18, 2016 @ 5:48 am

  15. I called the senate offices of Jeff Flake and Ben Sasse and left messages with their aides objecting to Steve Bannon being part of the administration. Felt great though I doubt we can prevent it. But he should not be “normalized” without a fight.

    I would never say “he’s not my president” (though I feel that way) because I’m committed to the stupid process as it exists, though committed to changing it. But that’s where it stops for me. I’m relishing watching as Trump slips over his head in the quick sands of his own incompetence and inexperience. Bannon can’t bail him out. The first big mistake is going after Social Security.

    My time is my own, perhaps indefinitely, because of a cluster of health issues, but if I’ve got 20 years left I’m committed to putting up a fight. No holds barred.

    Comment by MI — November 15, 2016 @ 1:05 pm

  16. Knock it off Mark, you’re out-trolling me.

    Comment by jack — November 15, 2016 @ 2:09 pm

  17. All of the racial, ethnic, sexual, religious, and anti-immigrant comes on top of the illegal efforts used by both Russia and the right to elect Trump:

    a) The money-laundering and campaign finance violations emerging like this:

    b) Russia’s known–and successful–efforts to influence the outcome of our election:

    Ike Eisenhower must be spinning in his grave at this confluence of greed, hate, and all the other worse traits of human political behavior…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — November 17, 2016 @ 10:30 am

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