City Unity Fair Takes a Serious Turn
posted by May 29 at 13:40 PMon
Posted by news intern Chris Kissel
There were more cameramen than students at the Broadway Performance Hall this morning when I showed up to cover the “Speak Out Against Police Brutality” rally at Seattle Central. When I got there, Jason Farbman from the International Socialist Organization was speaking to a row of empty seats about yesterday’s tussle between an SCCC student and Seattle police.
As Farbman cited the Jena Six and talked about police accountability, students gathered around the food stands set up away from the stage. I asked the student next to me if he had heard about what had happened. “Yeah,” he said. “The one guy got punched.”
Farbman, a 30-year-old student, told me when I caught up with him afterward that he was selling socialist newspapers in the main hall at SCCC yesterday when the SPD-student scuffle broke out in front of him. He said the police “definitely came down brutally,” and that he wants to organize more events to draw attention to the incident. “We should at least have a forum so we can talk about this,” Farbman told me. “Lots of people are really angry.”
After Farbman left the stage, the Unity Fair emcee said, “Let’s just be here to have fun. Let’s talk about unity today.” Then he introduced Macklemore, the local hip hopper, who was booked for the nearly-empty Unity Fair.
The cameramen who’d gathered next to the stage slowly sneaked away.
“This song is called ‘White Privilege,’” Macklemore said. “Word,” said the student next to me.