Most of us who the live and work in Eureka were stunned by the 2010 elections, and keep telling ourselves it was some kind of fluke or distortion created by the flood of developer money injected to the race. We keep insisting the Brady Bunch doesn’t reflect the true viewpoint of our Victorian Seaport.
So when Mayor Jäger brought forward a real Apology letter to the Wiyot people we were all happy to see it. It reflected part our belief paradigm of the compassionate conservative; the kinder, gentler Virginia Bass theme.
When the Council failed to support the letter under the flimsy excuse of fear of litigation we shook our confused heads and bought the stated reason of potential lawsuits.
Well wake up dreamers! Last week’s Times Standard poll results on the “Apology” and “Support” letters are in. The poll gets right to the heart of the last line of the original “Apology” letter, “We can, however, with our present and future actions of support for the Wiyot, work to remove the prejudice and bigotry that still exists in our society today.” Of course this last line was removed along with the apology part.
The results of the Times Standard readers Poll forces your eyes open, and you can realize the hidden reason why the Council backed away from this letter.
57% said “No apology needed. It’s ancient history”
Only 37% supported the original apology letter.
So how much have we changed since 1850 when “the genocide of Native Americans was widely supported and the stated goal of many politicians and businessmen. Austin Wiley, editor of the Humboldt Times, called for the extermination of the Wiyot people”?
It seems to the Examiner that we have the type Council that Eureka wants and deserves.