Showing his true colors … and they’re, ahem, white
Lately SLO County is starting to feel like Gotham City, and we’re worried Batman won’t be able to swoop in and save us from all the bad guys in charge. Between the sheriff, city council candidate and school board member claiming systemic racism doesn’t exist here, and our District Attorney handing out suspect charges against a Black woman for leading a protest, people of color and their allies are eyes bulging and face palming. As if DA Dan Dow’s bogus, COVID-denying, secessionist, dog-whistle behavior wasn’t bad enough, he decided to double down, charging another 3 Black protesters (followed by 3 more non-Black protesters … trying to save face?) a ridic three months after the protests took place. At this point he can’t claim his actions are about preserving the peace, and even our SLO Tribune is questioning if we can afford to wait until 2022 when Dow’s up for re-election to get him outta here. Batman … are you there?
But never fear! Activists continue to be their own bat signal, gathering large support for the accused’s court dates, organizing protests and generally making a scene on social media. And our fearless Mayor Harmon has spoken out, taking a stand against Dow’s actions. So show up, show out, and vote for leaders who believe Black Lives Matter. No cape needed.