That’s right folks. McKlanlyville.
Let all the implications of that wash over you for a moment, but before you laugh, think on this: tonight at 6 p.m., the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee is set to consider placing an in-depth discussion about racism in McKinleyville on a future agenda.
The rumblings about extreme racism in McKinleyville have apparently been simmering for quite some time now, but recently rose to the surface following the much-publicized, and highly divisive, slaying of Josiah Lawson in Arcata this past April.
It was not long after that tragedy when a THC-tipster contacted us about an email they’d received from the professional shit-stirrers over at Humboldt Area Foundation, asking what the community proposed to do about the “hot bed of white supremacy” in McKinleyville. (As an aside, is fueling a debate about how racist or not Humboldt County is something that we really want an organization like HAF getting involved in?)
So, we ask our readers (because we don’t have a clue what goes on up in McKinleyville), is there a basis for concerns about racism – and more specifically, organized white supremacy groups – in Humboldt’s northern reaches? Or is all of this blown out of proportion?
THC shudders to think that any kind of that activity is going on in our beautiful home, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking. If we’re dead wrong, please, enlighten us.
A peculiar twist to this already disturbing issue is a tip we’ve received from an inside source that indicates the man in charge of setting the agenda for the McMAC has been actively trying to avoid bringing the discussion before the committee, and in fact, may have been actively trying to quash the issue altogether.
That man is none other than Humboldt County Planning Commissioner Ben Shepard.
Whether or not white supremacists are working behind the scenes in McKinleyville, we think that actively delaying or discouraging even talking about racism is horrific, especially from a public figure in a position of (relative) power on the McMAC – we hope that bit about Shepard just isn’t true.
We’ll keep you posted as soon as we’re able on precisely what comes out of tonight’s McMAC meeting, and hopefully will have an even bigger scoop from a source close to the effort of driving the discussion about racism in McKinleyville to the forefront of the community’s advisory committee.