Seattle Democratic Club Hosts Alleged Racist, Richard Silverstein
“Today’s Democratic Party knows we must renew our efforts to stamp out discrimination and hatred of every kind, wherever and whenever we see it.”
So says the platform of the Democratic Party.
Seattle local Richard Silverstein has courted controversy for many years with his extremist anti-Israel views, including apologetics for terror groups like Hamas. Thus it was with some surprise that we were informed of Silverstein’s speaking engagement on Tuesday, February 26th at the Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle (MDC).
The comments section of his Tikkun Olam blog and Twitter feed is a well-known showcase for Silverstein’s explosive intolerance for positions that differ from his own. Just last week Silverstein was widely condemned for what some called a racist attack on a young African-American woman by the name of Chloe Valdary. Even those familiar with Silverstein’s propensity towards the offensive were shocked after he called Valdary a “Negro” for declaring her support for the state of Israel. Silverstein went on to sling further epithets towards Valdary, calling her an “Uncle Tom” and a “House Slave”.
Valdary, the Assistant Director of Special Programs at the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (IBSI) shared her reaction to the attack with the Jewish Press.
To be honest, the attack really did hurt me. Not because of who had said it, but because I didn’t really think it was possible that in today’s world, in the 21st century, there would be such bold and overt racism expressed by someone who is looked up to in the media.
We were thus disappointed to learn that an affiliate of a mainstream, progressive political organization like the Democratic Party would act as host to a person who had engaged in a racially charged verbal assault on a young black woman. The Mike Report contacted Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle President Eleanor Munro to offer the group an opportunity to explain their embrace of Silverstein. We have yet to receive a response.
We urge the civil rights community and all supporters of tolerance and diversity to contact Ms. Munro and request an explanation for this breach of the values of the party she represents. Please let us know if you receive a response at firstname.lastname@example.org
Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle President Eleanor Munro may be reached at (206) 370-1374 or email@example.com.