Earlier this (last?) week (or ~9 days go?), Assemblymember Marie Waldron, who represented Escondido as a State Assemblymember for ~6 years and previously its City Council member for ~13 years, made a now-deleted post on one of her official social media accounts about waiting for election results and her likely victory of the State Assembly District 75 race. The post included a photo of her, mostly likely staff member Tom Stinson along with 2 other individuals. Disturbingly, however, one of the individuals in the photo was making (within the context of the situation) a “white power” hand symbol. See Is that an OK sign? A white power symbol? Or just a right-wing troll?
The “white power” hand symbol and posting of the photo were inappropriate, especially, since last month, Escondido unfortunately made national news when a group of students from Escondido High School was found to have spelled homophobic (f-word) and racist (n-word) words in their senior photos. Whether Assemblymember Marie Waldron and her staff were aware of the meaning of the symbol or whether the post has been deleted, the harm has been done.
We should all strive to create an inclusive, welcoming and tolerant community and, unfortunately, Assemblymember Marie Waldron has not shown the leadership as our 75th State Assembly representative, current Vice Chair of the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee and Local Government Committee, and new leader of the California Assembly Republican Caucus to create such inclusive, welcoming and tolerant community.