OPINION: Second-Guessing ‘Woke City’

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’

OPINION: What It Means to Be Japanese American — Michelle Kumata’s Artistic Exploration

by Glenn Nelson Though Michelle Kumata can make your eyes pop with her colors and imagery, if you don’t examine her pieces carefully, detect the nuances and Easter eggs, and cogitate upon all of them, you are bound to miss something profound.  In that way, the artist and her art are like holding a highly … Continue reading OPINION: What It Means to Be Japanese American — Michelle Kumata’s Artistic Exploration

OPINION: Racist Deeds Without Adequate Consequences

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

OPINION: What’s in a Name? Plenty, if It Belongs to a Slaveholder or White Supremacist

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

OPINION: Why Local Jazz Must Survive

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

OPINION: Reflections on Insurrection — a Reason to Fear

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

OPINION: It’s Time for Richard Sherman to Come Home

by Glenn Nelson  It’s time to bring Richard Sherman home. And by “home” I mean the Seattle Seahawks, especially, but also possibly the San Francisco 49ers or one of the two NFL teams representing Los Angeles, where Sherman grew up. Any place, that is, where he can get the kind of hug he obviously needs … Continue reading OPINION: It’s Time for Richard Sherman to Come Home

OPINION: Seattle Needs to ‘Start Asian Love’ in the Face of Hate

by Glenn Nelson, contributing columnist The first major local protest ignited by the murder of George Floyd swelled in downtown Seattle and started exhibiting elements of violence. It seemed almost predictable when the flummoxed police force began funneling the mostly white crowd of vandals south. Already in coronavirus lockdown, Lei Ann Shiramizu watched it all … Continue reading OPINION: Seattle Needs to ‘Start Asian Love’ in the Face of Hate