A Community Website by Lopez Island
Started by Jackie Wolf
Jun 23, 2020
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Signs along Ferry Road in the Village
Jun 23, 2020
We want to load a heap of gratitude on all those involved in making and putting up the signs along Ferry Road that have the names and details of some of the black folks killed in this country just in the past few years.
For once, I am so thankful for cellphones that have enabled people to film such atrocities as the nearly 9-minute, agonizing death of George Floyd.
The movement for racial justice is not new but it has gained much momentum and notice and I think we must do everything we can to keep this vibrant movement alive and visible. Especially in a place like Lopez, where the population is overwhelmingly white, it is easy to be complacent or just simply live in denial of the reality and pervasiveness of white supremacy and all its manifestations, as well as the reality of white privilege, which so many of us white folks take for granted and don't even think about.
Toward this goal, I am asking that those signs remain in place throughout the summer, if not longer. With the flowers and other items left at this row of signs, they are evocative of the love and beauty that must prevail if justice is to become more than just a word. And a reminder that each of the names on those signs were people who were loved and cherished and must not be forgotten.
Comment by Judy Osmundson
Jul 9, 2020
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Be sure that I read EVERY COMMENT ON THIS THREAD! I KNOW when there is honesty being spoken and WHEN THERE IS A COVERUP going on! LOL!!!
Comment by Colin Doherty
Jul 8, 2020
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I'm sorry Judy! You need to read the whole thread to get the context of what Linda and I were discussing. It was a "what if" example, a thought experiment that Linda brought up. There are so many nuances to sift through here - speaking of symbols, cultural identities, how to think of others in the community with vastly different points of vi ... Read All
Comment by Linda Hudson
Jul 8, 2020
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Oh dear, Judy,

I'm afraid you completely missed the point X 5?
Comment by Judy Osmundson
Jul 8, 2020
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I cannot stay silent! Colin Dougherty YOU are a very loud voice on this issue yet you are dishonest with yourself and others! WE ALL KNOW THIS! These names on OUR SIGNS represent loved individuals who were MURDERED! These lives CANNOT be COMPARED to a Nazi HATE SYMBOL! These NAZI SYMBOLS are NOT LOVED by ANYONE! These Black Lives are LOVED BY MANY! All lives ... Read All
Comment by Colin Doherty
Jul 6, 2020
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We are so lucky to have a strong community on Lopez. We can still expect equal justice under the law here, we can depend on our first responders and each other. What checks so much of what could easily escalate is that we know each other and have shared history. Even across the widening cultural divides, we have to live and let live here simply because of ... Read All
Comment by Linda Hudson
Jul 5, 2020
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Yes, I totally agree with Colin about not calling names. What happened was truly upsetting for most of us who live here on this island. As I drove by, I appreciated the effort that had gone into this display, and I brought by some flowers myself.

Still, I did try to at least understand, "the other side"...at least their anger. What if some ... Read All
Comment by Colin Doherty
Jul 5, 2020
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I also want to clarify something from my previous post. In my anger immediately after the signs were vandalized, I used the term "the racists". I should have just said "people", or "someone", or even "racism". I have been sensitive to the fact that it is easier to be motivated to fight for justice (or anything) when ... Read All
Comment by Danuta Braun
Jul 4, 2020
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To add and correct my prior comment: All lives don't matter until Black Lives Matter! Thank you Lopez for your justice in supporting BLM.
Comment by Brenda Asterino
Jul 3, 2020
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What a breath of fresh air! Thank you to all of you who are for the safety of all people who live on this island. Thank you for standing for what is right and good. Thank you for being good citizens and good human beings. Thank you for putting value on all human life.
Comment by Nathan Donnelly
Jul 1, 2020
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Yes Linda, unfortunately, it is true.
First, a woman decided to either drive over them in her big red hummer or jeep, or pulled them out by hand. Then when people swiftly put them back she returned with her partner to spray paint over them. While attempting to protect the signs from their vandalism citizens were then assaulted by being sprayed with the ... Read All
Comment by Heather Arps
Jun 28, 2020
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The road in town where the signs are located is Fisherman Bay Rd. :)
Comment by Linda Hudson
Jun 28, 2020
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Questions:

I have seen two mentions of people being spray painted in the face while trying to save the signs.

1) Is this true?

2) If it is true, was it the same person/persons who ran over the signs?

3) If it is true, what are the legal consequences?
Comment by Danuta Braun
Jun 28, 2020
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Amen Colin and Jackie. God bless all the kind and loving hearts and minds that support BLM. Lopez, please, let's stand up for justice and liberty for all, because ALL lives matter.
Comment by Colin Doherty
Jun 27, 2020
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Looks like the racists are already tearing down the signs, and vandalizing other BLM signs around the island, and assaulting community members who try to stop them. Kids were threatened when they tried to put the signs back up!!! Community members were spray-painted in the face when they confronted the vandals. Let's keep repairing those signs and ke ... Read All