Seattle residents may have to just deal with excrement covered sidewalks because a councilman thinks it is “racially insensitive” clean them. That’s right, spraying down urine and feces covered sidewalks might hurt someone’s feelings.
Why on earth would power-washing poop covered sidewalks offend someone? Apparently someone might be “triggered” by the use of the hoses because these same types of hoses were once used against civil rights activists.
National Review provides more details:
The area surrounding King County Superior Court includes a homeless shelter and other social-services organizations and has become an “unsanitary and potentially frightening” scene — one “that reeks of urine and excrement” — according to an article in the Seattle Times. Desperate for help with the disgusting environment, two of the court’s judges have asked the city to please power-wash the poop-covered sidewalks. That seems like a pretty reasonable request, but apparently, one councilman is worried that doing so might be a form of microaggression. According to the Times, Councilmember Larry Gossett “said he didn’t like the idea of power-washing the sidewalks because it brought back images of the use of hoses against civil-rights activists.”
This has to stop! At some point it becomes impractical and just plain absurd to be this politically correct. We are turning into a country on egg-shells, cowering in fear someone might be offended by something silly like this. No one is proposing spraying down the homeless. They just want to make the streets WALKABLE! Come on now, Seattle.