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January 25, 2022

Tell me something good

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

This snippet from Councilmember Tony Daysog is what I was going write about on Friday but got waylaid by all the other baggage around this one agenda item.

Tony Daysog decided to, essentially, ask this group — as part of their task to develop an inclusionary plan for the City of Alameda, the organization — to reassure Alamedans that Alameda is and was not racist. And, naturally, because Tony Daysog likes to vie with Trish Spencer over who can be the least intellectually curious among the elected Alameda City Council, had this to say:

We don’t want to shy away from it [identifying racism] but by the same token, you know, I’m looking to your organization when you provide the data to provide that context. In my one minute time let me give a quick example. For example oftentimes people will say well you know Alameda’s neighborhoods in the East End, you know the more affluent East End, there’s not as many African-American or Latino homeowners there. That may very well be. I don’t know the data might may show that but we want to take a look at that, for example, in the comparative perspective that would be one way to look at it but then we also want to explain: well how is it possible, you know, for a place to be not well represented in light of all the you know de jour changes that had happened which you’re all familiar with, you know, the state laws and everything that have happened since at least the mid 1960s so it’s that kind of conversation. That we don’t automatically say well you know the Fernside only has 1% African Americans therefore it’s racism, I don’t know. It might be more complex than that so that’s all I’m encouraging.

Look, I realize that Tony Daysog’s reason for existing on the City Council right now is to dance as fast as them what brung him wants him to but the absolute ignorance about the City that you were raised in is an absolute shame. Tony Daysog should be embarrassed if he didn’t recall the Fernside (his beloved East End) covenants which EXPLICITLY excluded homes being sold to Black and Asian families. As these homes were often passed down generation to generation (how white families built legacy wealth) can you see how Fernside only having a handful of Black families IS an artifact of racism?

Then there’s this documentary which catalogued what happened only one city over from Alameda in San Leandro in 1971 only a few years before A/26 was enshrined in the Charter. Are we so naive to think that the process of diverting Black families away from purchasing in certain neighborhoods was limited to San Leandro alone. We have a fair number of anecdotal stories of Black families, in Alameda, who were encouraged to not consider bidding on houses in certain neighborhoods and that wasn’t even in 70s.

Rather than Tony Daysog try to direct these folks into providing him with a conclusion that makes him feel comfortable with his decision to continue to prop up institutions and people who have served to push down BIPOC residents decade after decade and allow people to use his Filipino-ness as a shield perhaps he should stop zoning out when adults are speaking about systemic issues around racism in Alameda and be curious about why the Fernside is so white. And be educated around the fact that the “complexity” has a lot to do with systemic racism despite the proliferation “Black Lives Matter” and “Everyone Belongs Here” signs in that neighborhood.

We’re talking about decades upon decades of systemic racism which brings us to the point we are. Simply because Barack Obama was elected president at one point doesn’t mean that the after effects of the legacy of systemic racism disappears over night. Surely Tony Daysog can understand that basic point at the very least.


  1. As these homes were often passed down generation to generation


    Being personally acquainted with hundreds of people in the Fernside, I can tell you that the frequency of inherited homes is very, very low.

    Comment by dave — January 25, 2022 @ 6:33 am

    • on my street there are some…

      Comment by 1jamesr1 — January 25, 2022 @ 6:03 pm

      • What street, if I may ask?

        Comment by dave — January 25, 2022 @ 9:10 pm

  2. He understands it 100%. I don’t buy his ‘ignorant-about-how-we-got here’ act for a minute. The longer he can delay and obfuscate the root cause conversation, the better. A delay is as good as a win, as they both result in ‘no change’. I can’t wait until he’s off of Council. At least Trish is out in the open about her priorities. He tries to play both sides, and he’s not nearly as good at it as he thinks he is.

    Comment by housing4all — January 25, 2022 @ 7:00 am

    • Bingo! Watching him in action over the years, it’s all about delay. No honest curiousity, lots of waffling and phony recusals, and it’s become so transparent he isn’t fooling anyone. I’m hoping the next city council election has somebody run from the west end that isn’t an embarrassment, who won’t throw westenders under the bus to appeal to east end NIMBY homeowners and landlords. Is that too much to ask?

      Comment by Kristen — January 25, 2022 @ 9:26 am

      • the problem is that there are not council districts. there doesn’t have to be a candidate for the west end at all. I voted for tony when I first moved to alameda because I met him in the neighborhood. I quickly realized that he was not going to represent me.

        Comment by mark — January 25, 2022 @ 1:56 pm

  3. Joe Biden speaks for all of us whenever Tony Daysog tries this sort schtick.

    Comment by NIMBYs Gonna NIMBY — January 25, 2022 @ 7:06 am

    • Surprised anyone would use this quote…,,

      Biden’s outbursts, which are becoming more common, as well as his agitation and lack of self control, are symptoms of creeping dementia, for which he is certainly taking medication. Very sad to see regardless of politics.

      Comment by Really — January 25, 2022 @ 11:23 am

      • Dementia or not, most folks see this as unfiltered – speaking the painful honest truth with no regards for decorum. That had to sting Fox News’ Doocy, and Mr. Daysog is worthy of the same for his white-washing ignorance.

        Comment by NIMBYs Gonna NIMBY — January 25, 2022 @ 11:33 am

  4. Damn, he is so willfully ignorant. There is some fundamental problem where curious, intelligent and qualified people do not tend to land in local political positions. Exceptions, of course, but how people like Daysog and Spencer manage to get elected repeatedly is just baffling to me.

    Comment by bjsvec — January 25, 2022 @ 10:42 am

  5. so he is saying that institutional racism isn’t racism. Or in other words, it’s not my problem to fix it since it started a long time ago. What a waste of a seat on the council.

    Comment by notadave — January 25, 2022 @ 11:13 am

  6. It’s an interesting point he raises: despite all the anti-racism federal and state laws in place since the 60s, despite the numerous Democratic presidents in the White House since the 60s, we still have what amounts to segregation. Can you really say “racism” is the culprit for lack of minorities in our East End?

    Comment by anonymous — January 25, 2022 @ 11:47 am

    • Is it really “interesting” given that anti-racism laws didn’t stop realtors from diverting people of color away from buying homes in the East End and the Gold Coast. Nor did it prevent all the “civil rights activists” in Alameda for voting for an exclusionary housing measure in the early 70s? Was there some magic switch that was flipped when those laws were passed which wiped away decades of the effects of systemic racism?

      Did it stop Alameda from being known well into the 1990s as a town that was hostile to Black people?

      Did it stop Alameda from being a place where its police officers in the 90s had vociferous defenders when it was uncovered that they had used city equipment to espouse racism?

      The only thing “interesting” about the point raised by Tony Daysog is that it shows him to be entirely ignorant of the history of the city where he grew up and that he has so much baggage from that upbringing that he would chose to dance for those who have benefitted from the status quo over the years rather than interrogate the history of Alameda and work to create a better and brighter future for everyone, not just the few who fund his campaigns.

      Comment by Lauren Do — January 25, 2022 @ 1:01 pm

      • Lauren, Tony is not ignorant about the facts of racism in the city where he grew up. He definitely chooses to dance with those folks who will support him no matter who they are. He is without a doubt a wasted seat on this council.

        Comment by John P. — January 25, 2022 @ 3:50 pm

    • It’s almost as if systemic racism does not magically evaporate overnight but requires steady and consistent effort over a long period of time and through lots of education of the public to completely eradicate it. Even in Alameda in 2020, we could not get rid of our exclusionary antihousing law. Joe Biden is unfortunately only the first president to publicly acknowledge the ties between zoning laws and racism. From the 1960s to 2020. That’s 60 years just for a blip of progress.

      Comment by Reality — January 25, 2022 @ 1:08 pm

  7. I have a hard time understanding how houses can be passed down from generation to generation. By the time parents pass on at say 75-80 their children are already 50 plus years old. They need a house Long before their parents are done with theirs. How many people do you know living in a house inherited from their parents? I cannot think of any.

    They say that a mortgage is placed on a house, but in reality, it is the borrowers earnings that are mortgaged. Without earnings, there is really nothing to mortgage.

    Earnings brings us back to education or lack of it. So long as minorities are kept in failing school districts, their lifetime earnings will lag, and their housing opportunity will be limited. The only real way out of this conundrum is school choice and competition. Otherwise, you are just looking for racism in all the wrong places.

    Comment by Ed Hirshberg — January 25, 2022 @ 6:10 pm

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