by Glenn Nelson On a recent morning in Woke City, I had to perform a double take while swallowing guffaws between lumps of oat bran. Yes, I can be quite the multitasker that way. “People were sick of the status quo and they wanted change,” Sara Nelson said on election night. I was confused. Nelson … Continue reading OPINION: Second-Guessing ‘Woke City’
by Glenn Nelson I’m going to skip right to the punchline here: The King County Council failed last week when it asked Kathy Lambert to apologize for what six of them termed her “racist piece of political mail.” It also acted insufficiently on Tuesday when it voted to strip Lambert of her committee leadership positions. … Continue reading OPINION: Racist Deeds Without Adequate Consequences
by Glenn Nelson During the wee hours of Sunday morning, a Black man and his mixed-race, Black and Latinx friend meet in front of Be’er Sheva Park in Rainier Beach. They are wearing caps and face masks and carrying binoculars. The air holds a chill and a foreboding sky wrings out a steady drizzle.
by Emerald Staff Community members across Seattle are celebrating Ron Chew for a career totally dedicated to his community as a journalist, advocate, and fundraiser for Seattle’s International District. Since the mid-1970s, he has worked as editor of the International Examiner, director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Experience, and currently as … Continue reading Community Activist, Journalist, and Author Ron Chew to Retire From ICHS
Story and photos by Glenn Nelson If drummer D’Vonne Lewis isn’t the hardest working musician on the Seattle jazz scene, he is, by all accounts, in the top 1%. Typically, he played two to three gigs per day, every day of the week. Lewis was so busy he even stopped practicing because, spending all his … Continue reading OPINION: Why Local Jazz Must Survive
by Glenn Nelson Content Warning: This article contains strong language. A few decades back, I was in the heart of Mitch McConnell country — aka Kentucky. Being a longtime basketball writer, I was fascinated with that region’s love affair with the sport. Everyone in that particular, depressed coal-mining region was white and seemed to have … Continue reading OPINION: Reflections on Insurrection — a Reason to Fear
by Glenn Nelson If you are BIPOC in America, it’s difficult to celebrate the 2020 elections too robustly. A fist bump, for sure, for Kamala Harris — and a middle finger for Donald Trump. But there surely must be more.
by Glenn Nelson The whole thing just kind of snowballed on Ron Chew — the book writing and the running. One day revealed to him a rapturous synergy. He realized that the running — the moving — jarred things in his brain: memories, organization, solutions. Down the home stretch of completing his book, Chew vowed … Continue reading Unforgotten Seattle: Journalist, Museum Exec, and Runner Ron Chew Finds Heroes of Seattle’s Unforgettable History Amidst Everyday People of Color
by Glenn Nelson Imagine something meaningful to you and a person related to that thing who’s done something despicable. Then imagine naming some aspect of your meaningful something after that despicable person. Like naming an investment club after Bernie Madoff, film festival after Harvey Weinstein, or block-watch after Derek Chauvin. The Pete Rose Fantasy Baseball … Continue reading OPINION: What’s in a Name? Plenty, if It Belongs to a Slaveholder or White Supremacist
by Glenn Nelson Count me underwhelmed by Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement that Washington soon will receive more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s rather like the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announcing it has reached an additional distribution agreement with Amazon. Both entities, the State and the USPS, were having a hard enough time delivering what … Continue reading OPINION: Inequitable Vaccinations