The FBI announced that they found a backpack bomb along the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Washington. The backpack was discovered about an hour before the parade by 3 city employees. The bomb squad was called in as the parade route was changed to protect the celebration of MLK. According to the FBI the bomb if exploded would have caused injury and potential death; this is Domestic Terrorsim!
The timing of this incident plus the history of racial events in the Spokane area you have to believe this was racial motivated.
- Aryan Nation leader Richard Butler gathered racists and anti-Semites at his compound for two decades. Butler was bankrupted and lost the compound in a civil lawsuit in 2000 and died in 2004.
- In 1996, white supremacists placed a pipe bomb outside City Hall. The bomb exploded, blowing out a window and sending nails and screws across the street into Riverfront Park. There were no injuries. Two men arrested for the blast said it was part of a plot to spark a revolution and set up a whites-only nation.
- In December, a man in nearby Hayden, Idaho, built a snowman on his front lawn shaped like a member of the Ku Klux Klan holding a noose. The man knocked the pointy-headed snowman down after getting a visit from sheriff’s deputies.
These are stark reminders that a Black President doesn’t mean that racial divide no longer exists; we have made significant strides since legal segregation but we are still some ways away from MLK’s dream. So while we enjoy the silliness of Derwin and Melanie or who Malik is f*#king (The Game) let’s try to keep one eye open on the reality of LIFE!!
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!