Inadvertently, I found out about what kind of city Auburn is by one simple act: I took the time to listen to homeless youth talk about how they were treated by police officers. One story led to another until I found myself in Auburn, walking around and talking to people willing to tell me what happened to them or what they’ve seen. At first, I listened to stories of  brutality and profiling. Then I heard about judges with questionable biases. Because of that, I decided to take a closer look at the city of Auburn.

The videos I will be posting are the results of letting people who live in Auburn just speak for themselves. As I drive around Auburn, you may see signs declaring that the city is building an inclusive society. What they should say is “We are building an inclusive community despite the racism.” I find it interesting that last year, Mayor Lewis saw no problem in letting a confederate flag march down the city’s streets as part of Auburn’s “Good Ol’ Days” celebration but then again, it could be argued as freedom of speech but I wonder what the people of color living in Auburn thought of that parade. Take a look at this year’s parade : http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/south_king/aub/community/127951023.html
Seems Auburn is in a hurry to show “diversity” in contrast to last year.

Then there’s the Auburn woman who worked at Chase Bank who had no problem exhibiting outright racism against an innocent man. Were there no other employees at that bank willing to question her behavior? Still not convinced? How about the story of Richard McCarter Jr., a fifteen year old African American boy shot dead in front of a McDonald’s restaurant after he had been stalked by police for two weeks, then claimed the boy was in a high speed car chase in a stolen car?

There are numerous stories about Auburn and I’ve posted the links here:

http://horsesass.org/?p=29096
– Auburn’s Good Ol’ Days confederate flag parade

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/07/man-jailed-for-real-check_n_892296.html

http://www.policebrutality.info/2009/03/15-year-old-girl-brutally-beat-by-cops.html

http://pittsburgh.indymedia.org/news/2004/09/15692.php
- Richard McCarter Jr

 

Surely the judges in Auburn can be trusted to try cases fairly and without bias in courts, right? Guess again:

http://www.seattlepi.com/default/article/An-exodus-of-attorneys-from-Auburn-1127094.php

http://www.cjc.state.wa.us/search/searchResultListSpecificCJC.php?id=4118
Judge Burns’ reprimand

http://www.menweb.org/battered/batauburnmc.htm
Judge Burn’s comments on a male battery case

http://www.campaignsitebuilder.com/templates/displayfiles/tmpl15.asp?SiteID=1236&PageID=21545&Trial=false
– I included this link because it has links to Judge Ottinger’s reprimands

 

I included links regarding two judges in Auburn because of what homeless people and youth have been saying about the “justice” served to them whenever they happened to be in Auburn. Just an FYI to the reader, profiling doesn’t just happen to people of color, it happens to homeless people as well. I can’t in all honesty say that everything in Auburn is bad, after all, look at these two articles about diversity in Auburn:

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/south_king/aub/news/127490453.html

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/south_king/aub/opinion/127481758.html

Here’s the thing Auburn, diversity has been around a lot longer than you took to embrace it, you still have a long way to go. I figured that out by talking to your residents….