Winners and Losers
Don't let personal information ascend ideas and platforms: It's a shame if anyone votes based on race — or on sexual orientation, for that matter — and saddening to see that so many San Franciscans apparently still do ["The Identity Card," Feature, Chris Roberts, 10/27]. What a person believes in, what values he or she is prepared to fight for, is a lot more important than the color of his or her skin or who he or she sleeps with.
Focus on the political race, and not ethnicity or gender: Whether one is voting for Debra Walker or Jane Kim, SF Weekly has published some of the most racist, sexist, condescending writing I have ever read. The article on Jane Kim purports to support her, but the tone is that she couldn't get elected if she weren't Chinese and cute. It implies that Asians have no capacity but to knee-jerk vote for another Asian. I'm a Cajun. Any Cajuns running for office, or should I just not vote? The language SF Weekly uses in putting down Debra Walker is below the worst of right-wing radio. It reminds me of Rush Limbaugh's sexist attacks on Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. Even if someone is a Jane Kim supporter, you should object to this.
I feel San Francisco has two viable candidates, Debra Walker and Jane Kim, for District Six. I'm voting for Walker, but respect Kim and her work. The Weekly cheapened the debate and came off like a bush-league rag.
The progressive cliché: It's unfortunate that the "progressive" community in San Francisco is controlled by a narrow clique of people, like David Chiu and Jane Kim, whom I've met and talked with on several occasions. Jane Kim promotes a narrow version of progressive politics, where "race" trumps "class" politics. That is why we continue to have the pervasive class inequalities in the United States. I would recommend a vote for Debra Walker in District Six and undo the small clique.
Because SFBG Said So
You'll pick this politician, and you'll like it: I stopped reading Big Bruce's boring rag in May 2008, so this was like a trip down memory lane ["Guardianistas! Pay Attention!," George Orwell, Sucka Free City, 10/27]. Thanks, SF Weekly got this down pat! And I think that the 13 people who vote per SFBG endorsements will thank SF Weekly for this, and please let this be the start of a tradition.
In last week's feature ["The Identity Card," Chris Roberts, 10/27], we misspelled the name of District Six candidate Glendon "Anna Conda" Hyde. SF Weekly regrets the error.
An additional clarification: The story stated that SOMA-based nonprofit South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN) organized volunteers on Jane Kims behalf. Members of SOMCAN actually formed a group called Filipinos for Jane Kim to do the campaign organizing separately from their nonprofit work.