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Danville mayor condemns racist display near Blackhawk

Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich released a statement Monday, condemning the group of masked people who on Saturday held up signs at the corner of Blackhawk Road and Camino Tassajara, saying things like "White Lives Matter," and "Watch Europa the Last Battle."

The latter is a 2017 film that many have called Nazi propaganda.

A group wearing masks displayed a sign reading "White Lives Matter" at the corner of Blackhawk Road and Camino Tassajara in Danville on May 14. Danville mayor Newell Arnerich condemned the display. (Via Conscious Contra Costa / Twitter)

Saturday was also the day an 18-year-old man allegedly drove 200 miles to a grocery store in a mostly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, N.Y., shooting 13 and killing 10. Almost all were Black.

Investigators found a 180-page racist manifesto the shooter reportedly wrote.

"As most reasonable people do, I share the visceral reactions of many in our community to hate speech groups and hate in general," Arnerich wrote. "This past Saturday, a small group of people stood at the corner of Blackhawk Road and Camino Tassajara Road, displaying banners, one of which read 'White Lives Matter'. Although this took place on private property, just outside of our town boundaries, the incident was reported and town officials were made aware of it as well.

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"Those responsible made sure to cowardly cover their faces and hide behind their signs," Arnerich wrote. "These people were acting out hate speech. Though not a crime, this was clearly an abhorrent gesture towards people of color. People and groups like these are looking for confrontation and publicity, and we will not condone them nor give them any credibility, attention, or the publicity they are seeking.

"Our town stands united against racism in any form and any acts that direct harm or hatred toward people based upon race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability," the mayor said.

"Free speech is very painful and hurtful at times," Arnerich wrote. "We do not have to listen or give them any credibility. The horrific mass shooting that took place this past weekend in Buffalo, New York, demonstrates the incredible division that exists in our country.

"The shooter, who is now in custody, posted a document prior to the mass shooting, centered on a far-right conspiracy theory that baselessly posits that the white population in western countries is being reduced or replaced by immigrants in a deliberate plot," the mayor said.

"The shooter, in this case, will be taken out of society and imprisoned for life at the expense of 10 innocent people. This price is too much to pay for simple justice for one prejudiced person's actions," he said.

"Danville Town Council, our police department and town staff continue to work to make Danville a safe place for everyone where we can celebrate our diversity and strive for equality for all members of our community," Arnerich said.

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Danville mayor condemns racist display near Blackhawk

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Uploaded: Mon, May 16, 2022, 5:57 pm

Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich released a statement Monday, condemning the group of masked people who on Saturday held up signs at the corner of Blackhawk Road and Camino Tassajara, saying things like "White Lives Matter," and "Watch Europa the Last Battle."

The latter is a 2017 film that many have called Nazi propaganda.

Saturday was also the day an 18-year-old man allegedly drove 200 miles to a grocery store in a mostly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, N.Y., shooting 13 and killing 10. Almost all were Black.

Investigators found a 180-page racist manifesto the shooter reportedly wrote.

"As most reasonable people do, I share the visceral reactions of many in our community to hate speech groups and hate in general," Arnerich wrote. "This past Saturday, a small group of people stood at the corner of Blackhawk Road and Camino Tassajara Road, displaying banners, one of which read 'White Lives Matter'. Although this took place on private property, just outside of our town boundaries, the incident was reported and town officials were made aware of it as well.

"Those responsible made sure to cowardly cover their faces and hide behind their signs," Arnerich wrote. "These people were acting out hate speech. Though not a crime, this was clearly an abhorrent gesture towards people of color. People and groups like these are looking for confrontation and publicity, and we will not condone them nor give them any credibility, attention, or the publicity they are seeking.

"Our town stands united against racism in any form and any acts that direct harm or hatred toward people based upon race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability," the mayor said.

"Free speech is very painful and hurtful at times," Arnerich wrote. "We do not have to listen or give them any credibility. The horrific mass shooting that took place this past weekend in Buffalo, New York, demonstrates the incredible division that exists in our country.

"The shooter, who is now in custody, posted a document prior to the mass shooting, centered on a far-right conspiracy theory that baselessly posits that the white population in western countries is being reduced or replaced by immigrants in a deliberate plot," the mayor said.

"The shooter, in this case, will be taken out of society and imprisoned for life at the expense of 10 innocent people. This price is too much to pay for simple justice for one prejudiced person's actions," he said.

"Danville Town Council, our police department and town staff continue to work to make Danville a safe place for everyone where we can celebrate our diversity and strive for equality for all members of our community," Arnerich said.

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Swagu
Registered user
Bridle Creek
on May 17, 2022 at 12:13 am
Swagu, Bridle Creek
Registered user
on May 17, 2022 at 12:13 am

How come Mayor Newell Arnerich didn't say a word about the $1.2 BILLION in damage during the mostly peaceful 2020 riots?


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 17, 2022 at 8:12 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on May 17, 2022 at 8:12 am

""Free speech is very painful and hurtful at times," Arnerich wrote. "We do not have to listen or give them any credibility. The horrific mass shooting that took place this past weekend in Buffalo, New York, demonstrates the incredible division that exists in our country."

We also do not have to listen or give credibility to those who think the actions of a mentally disturbed individual (who was previously identified and let go) demonstrates "incredible (racial) division" in our country. Rational/sane people don't think about or do things like this.


Longtime Resident
Registered user
Harvest Park Middle School
on May 17, 2022 at 9:44 am
Longtime Resident, Harvest Park Middle School
Registered user
on May 17, 2022 at 9:44 am

Oh stop already with the "mentally unstable" excuse. Not helpful. How do you know it's mental illness (remember he was "evaluated" already yet released) and how do you know that mental illness is what causes someone to do something like that? Have you spent any amount of time wading in the "jokes" and memes that the kids these days make and share regarding race and such subjects? Have you ever watched a Twitch stream or chatted on Discord? Rational and sane people DO think about and do these things. That's why it's called "rationalization", just like you're doing by assuming it's some sort of mental illness.

Call it what it is: domestic terrorism.


Rich Buckley
Registered user
Livermore
on May 17, 2022 at 9:49 am
Rich Buckley, Livermore
Registered user
on May 17, 2022 at 9:49 am

To resist racism is not a simple task. The “I-Self” observing events rarely sees it’s own self as racist.

The social justice taunters holding their sign probably believe they are acting deceptively righteous. But, their karma knows better.

Carl Sagan talks on being bamboozled:

"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we've been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

"Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication, and courage. But if we don't practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us --- and we risk becoming a nation of suckers, up for garbs by the next charlatan who come along."


Mary Durst
Registered user
Livermore
on May 17, 2022 at 10:12 am
Mary Durst, Livermore
Registered user
on May 17, 2022 at 10:12 am

I'm just curious if the Mayor was also outraged by Black Lives Matter signs and activity in the area. At least these people did not burn anything down.


Longtime Resident
Registered user
Harvest Park Middle School
on May 17, 2022 at 10:20 am
Longtime Resident, Harvest Park Middle School
Registered user
on May 17, 2022 at 10:20 am

Well Mary, considering that Blacks in this country have been historically kidnapped from their families, brought here against their will, made to give their labor for free to an "owner", treated with continued disgust and unfairness since their emancipation, and even today they are not afforded the "mental illness" defense despite poverty being a leading cause of mental health problems and have to worry about the next terrorist that wants to kill them while they're out shopping trying to buy food for their families just because they're Black, I would find it extremely disingenuous of the Danville mayor to express outrage over things like Black Lives Matter signs.


Mary Durst
Registered user
Livermore
on May 17, 2022 at 11:24 am
Mary Durst, Livermore
Registered user
on May 17, 2022 at 11:24 am

Dear Long Time Resident:
I would agree with you if the organization, Black Lives Matter, were actually trying to improve the lives of Black people. Check out their track record.


Jake Waters
Registered user
Birdland
on May 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
Registered user
on May 17, 2022 at 7:30 pm

It has to be mentioned again, because we really are living in a modern day ‘1984’:

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell, 1984

Liberals have been controlling language for quite some time to drive the narrative and force us to see their manipulative nature of reality. You are a racist if you espouse an idea, cause, or notion contrary to them. Tired words and phrases from their camp, which have no meaning whatsoever and that they fail to define, are:

Racist
Environmental Racism
Institutional Racism
Existential threat
Following the science
Domestic Terrorist
White Supremacy
Anti-Vax
Anti-Science

Define those labels and then we will have a conversation, but I’m confident that’s the last thing they want.

Lastly, Democrats love to portray themselves as the savior of Black Americans, but if you read history you will find that they have been disingenuous about the reporting.



Shawn
Registered user
Foothill High School
on May 19, 2022 at 10:02 am
Shawn, Foothill High School
Registered user
on May 19, 2022 at 10:02 am

@Jake

You forgot to mention that men can get pregnant and have abortions. Clearly you do not follow the science.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 19, 2022 at 10:41 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on May 19, 2022 at 10:41 am

@Jake,

Anti-vax is accurate. It is irrational and foolish and has led to outbreaks of preventable diseases.


Joe V
Registered user
Birdland
on May 19, 2022 at 10:59 am
Joe V, Birdland
Registered user
on May 19, 2022 at 10:59 am

Comments have been written comparing these people with the Black Lives Matter movement.
To make it clear, in case you still don't understand the Black Lives Matter movement.....
These people were spreading race hate, the Black Lives Matter movement asks for equal treatment, regardless of race.
By denouncing these people, whoever they are, the Mayor of Danville handled it correctly.



Marciemoo
Registered user
Mission Park
on May 19, 2022 at 11:41 pm
Marciemoo, Mission Park
Registered user
on May 19, 2022 at 11:41 pm

@Rich Buckley
That’s so interesting to me that you posted that, because I was just reading somewhere, something similar and then talking to my roommate about that. Just when I again thought I had things figured out….I realize I still have much to learn and new, better ways of seeing things! Being the age of 51 and thought to be open minded, Idk why things still surprise me! I guess we’re always learning, but I think this isn’t the way at all that people usually think about things and a lot of people are probably like, “what is Rich talking about”?! Lol… I can go on forever about some of these other comments, but thought I would respond to yours, since I feel it’s something worth shedding some light on. I have to admit, even though people shouldn’t get confrontational or do anything, but ignore the white lives matter people, I so would just enjoy running up to them, tearing off their masks, then kicking them in the knees and taking off with their ridiculous sign….or watching somebody else do it. That’s for sure not the right way to do things or to solve problems, so I will just play it out in my head and enjoy it that way!


Marciemoo
Registered user
Mission Park
on May 20, 2022 at 12:02 am
Marciemoo, Mission Park
Registered user
on May 20, 2022 at 12:02 am

@Joe V
Hellooo, EXACTLY! Very well stated and they very much feel the comparison is valid. After that coming up so many times and still, even 9 years later, I think it’s just because they don’t stop to listen or learn and so they don’t even realize that there is absolutely no comparison. Even if they don’t agree or if they’re racist, you should always learn all you can, from all sides. Just like they say, to love your enemy… or whatever it is. How can you debate over things or defend your beliefs, if you don’t listen to the other side and find out what’s really going on. People like that get fooled easy. I like watching interviews and podcasts from all sides and sometimes people will walk in and say, “why are you watching so-and-so” and maybe it’s somebody that I really do not agree with or share any beliefs with, but I am watching them, so I am informed and can try and understand, why they believe the way they do and get perspective on it. After that, then people can discuss things better, with more respect and help each other to see different sides. I think that works better than not hearing each other out and just yelling at each other. Ok, now…. I’m going on a rant, but anyway, I see what you’re saying????


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