By Sherman R. Frederick
Gov. Gavin Newsom put a target on the back of Marin. The threatened violence with which we are now faced is his fault. I don’t think there’s any other way to see it.
Last Friday the governor, who is from Marin, told a story about racism in Marin.
He said the children of a black friend of his were pulled over in Ross for no other reason than they were driving in a white neighborhood.
The governor used the anecdote to express sympathy to Black Americans in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. There’s nothing wrong with that per se.
But he essentially used Marin as a symbol of white privilege and racism. To tell that story in that way was playing with fire and using Marin County as kindling.
Last night came the news from law enforcement: Social media posts said a caravan of about 100 cars filled with four or five “agitators” were headed to Marin on the Richmond Bridge and planning to target Sausalito, Tiburon and other “rich white” communities.
Though no rioting took place, the governor bears some responsibility for this ugly deal.
He owes Marin an apology.
(Sherman Frederick is the founder of Battle Born Media, publisher of intensely local community newspapers, including the Novato Advance, the San Rafael News Pointer, the Mill Valley Herald, the Sausalito Marin Scope, the Twin Cities Times, the Ross Valley Reporter and the Pacifica Tribune. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)