Snohomish mayor: Kartak in denial over protest

As a Snohomish voter, I am both dismayed and disappointed in Mayor John Kartak’s response to the Oct. 16 release of a documentary created by Snohomish graduates called, “What Happened on First Street” (“Hundreds tune in to ‘First Street’ film on racism in Snohomish,” The Herald, Oct. 18).

For those who are new to Snohomish, on the evenings of May 31 and June 1, 2020, armed and alcohol-fueled vigilantes descended on our Historic District and took over our First Street.

They “marked” our streets with their tire tracks and bullied our citizens with their guns and beer while flying Confederate flags. One of the vigilantes assaulted a Snohomish High student, sending him to the hospital for a couple of days.

According to The Herald, when Kartak learned of the documentary, his only comments were: “First, never heard of it. Second, I stand with my community which happens to be the most friendly community on earth.”

It is quite possible that Kartak hadn’t heard of the documentary, but it is intolerable that he would characterize that event, or the town on that day, as friendly and welcoming.

Rather than trying to understand what our youth experienced, Kartak denies their reality. Rather than commending their documentary achievement, Kartak diminishes it.

Kartak welcomed the armed vigilantes as the deterrent to a feverishly imaginary antifa invasion. “How can we keep them out,” he asked. Kartak defends the vigilantes even now.

We need strong leadership in our town and Kartak isn’t it.

Vote Linda Redmon for mayor, she will represent all the people, even those who do not agree with her!

Lanni Johnson

Snohomish

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