Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland subject of racial
Tacoma, Washington was known as “Sin City” long before Las
Vegas, Nevada. And still is.
My name is Paul Malone. For almost 20 years I have
published Tacoma Confidential. A rag city hall could never dispose of. No
matter how heavy the informational bleeding.
Case in point.
Dateline: 6:00 am, September 16, 2014, 12th
floor, Tacoma City Hall, Office of the Mayor.
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland uses city equipment and
resources to open her personal Facebook page. A possible violation of the city’s
ethics code. State law.
But who cares. This is Sin City after all. And certain elected
officials and city employees can do no wrong. Just ask them. Correct Tacoma
City Attorney Pauli?
The self-proclaimed education mayor gets educated.
She has received a private message from Fircrest resident
Adam Joseph Springer. A message from someone she claims she doesn’t know.
A racist message, vulgar and hate filled to the core. “FU you
worthless ‘N’ word. FU you worthless ‘N’ word. Go back to Africa you worthless ‘N’
word. ‘N’ word I’m gunning for you you worthless ‘N’ word.”
It is apparent from the message Springer doesn’t know
Strickland is the product of an African-American father and a Korean mother.
Otherwise other racial slurs might have been included.
Strickland is incensed. Who can blame her?
She calls the cops. They show. She makes a report.
According to the police report Strickland told the cops she
felt threatened because she is a public official and is also African-American.
Half at best by her own accounting.
But according to a KOMO News report Strickland told a Tacoma
Police Department dick she was concerned for her safety because the message
coincided with her appearance on "Meet the Press."
The first theory I will buy. But the second rings of nothing
Springer is arrested. Charged with malicious harassment.
A class C felony.
Strickland wasn’t the first person Springer sent vulgar and
threatening messages to.
Springer's Facebook page included a picture of his United
States Postal Service photo ID. The dick was able to track down a Springer booking
photo. He’d been contacted by the Pierce County Sheriff in August. He’d left
threatening and vulgar phone messages with a judicial assistant.
Detectives found Springer at his home on September 19th. Springer initially denies
sending any messages to Strickland. Especially
messages he might regret. He finally admitted sending the message. But gee he
told dicks. That message was supposed to be private.
Not the brightest bulb in the Tacoma lamp chandelier.
Springer's parents told detectives he is going through a rough divorce. They
are concerned about his mental health, as are we. They said he is no longer
employed by the Postal Service.
Since, Springer has bailed out on a $35,000 bond. Has been
slapped with a no contact order and other stipulations. Has a court date in mid-October.
As I sit here sipping a modicum of 50 year old scotch given
to me by former Tacoma City Councilman Bob Evans I have to ask.
What could Strickland possibly have done or said to set Springer
off? Is he just another harmless Robert Hill wing nut? All talk and no action?
Or does Springer just have hatred and fear of all black people?
Answers to said questions and more could be revealed once
Springer’s trial commences. And then again maybe not.
All people will never see eye to eye, but that is no reason
for the hatred thrown at Strickland or anybody else for that matter.
Why can’t we just get along?