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Lost, Buried, Burned: Oklahoma’s Rape Kit Scandal

Lost, Buried, Burned: Oklahoma’s Rape Kit Scandal
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2019

If you are puzzled by the nationwide rape kit testing backlog, Oklahoma provides maddening insight on the bureaucratic forces that create intolerable inertia — and injustice.

An estimated 225,000 rape kits have gone unprocessed across the country; more than 7,200 have been neglected in Oklahoma. Last month, a woman who reported an Oklahoma City sexual assault to police back in 2011 discovered that her rape kit had gathered dust on a shelf in Tulsa’s police department for seven years — after the Oklahoma County district attorney had informed her he was dropping the case because no rape kit existed.

Police, prosecutors and politicians do not have a sense of urgency about the issue. Why? My ongoing investigation shows that status quo obstructionists don’t want to clear the backlog because they don’t want the public poking around government-run crime labs — especially ones with a shameful history of forensic misconduct and a culture of destruction.

Solving the rape kit testing problem requires accountability and transparency. That means shedding light on long-buried secrets that go well beyond the usual incompetence and inattention that have led to backlogs. It’s not just rape victims who suffer when criminal justice agencies shut out the public. It’s criminal defendants trying to prove their innocence against charges of sexual crimes.

Consider Rayshun Mullins, who petitioned the state of Oklahoma three times for post-conviction testing of DNA evidence used against him in 2009. (The Sooner State was last in the nation to adopt a post-conviction DNA testing statute in 2013.) Three times he was denied. Why? Shockingly, dozens and dozens of crucial forensic items in Mullins’ case have been destroyed or “lost.”

Gone. Poof. Disappeared.

Oklahoma requires that criminal justice agencies “retain and preserve” biological evidence for as long as a person convicted of a violent felony offense is incarcerated. Mullins certainly meets that criteria: He is serving a whopping 1,015 years plus six consecutive life terms behind bars for multiple rapes and robberies.

There is an exception allowing destruction of biological evidence if a criminal defendant is notified in advance and given 90 days to object. But as Mullins revealed to me last week:

“They never told me that they would destroy them. I found out when I got them papers.”

The papers are part of an inventory compiled by the Oklahoma County district attorney’s office, which I obtained exclusively. Among the destroyed or lost pieces of evidence in Mullins’ case:

—34 items collected in one victim’s case, including SANE/Rape kit, clothes, buccal swabs (taken from the cheek for DNA), sheets, cuttings and sexual assault trace evidence from the victim and Mullins, which were all “destroyed in 2013.”

—A second victim’s purse, photographs, check card, calendar book, checks and papers, which were released to Oklahoma City Det. Kim Davis. According to the documents, “their current location is unknown.” Davis claimed D.A. David Prater’s office had them. The D.A.’s office denies having them after a “thorough investigation.”

—A third victim’s swabs and trace lifters, which “were destroyed in 2013.”

—A fourth victim’s SANE/rape kit, swabs, buccal swabs, clothes, bedding, swabs of persons of interest, Mullins’ swabs and buccal swabs, which were all “destroyed in 2013.”

—A fifth victim’s SANE/Rape kit, clothing, toilet paper, bedding, disc containing photographs and fingerprint cards, which were all destroyed on an unknown date.

The Oklahoma City forensic analyst responsible for analyzing evidence in Mullins’ case is former crime lab employee Elaine Taylor. She is the same analyst who confessed to her OCPD supervisor Byron Boshell back in 2000 that she destroyed untold numbers of rape kits after two years at the behest of her colleague and infamous OCPD rogue chemist Joyce Gilchrist (who said she was authorized to destroy evidence by former D.A. Bob Macy) because “the only thing I could do was follow her orders or else pay the consequences.”

Taylor was conducting tests on rape kit evidence in Mullins’ case less than three years after this shocking admission. It is unknown for how long and in how many other cases this routine evidence destruction continued. What is known: Gilchrist facilitated several wrongful convictions (including two exonerated death row inmates) over more than a decade by falsifying blood evidence, destroying human hair evidence, concocting junk science testimony on dog hair, and lying about and destroyed semen evidence while Taylor worked under her.

Taylor is also the analyst at the center of former OCPD officer Daniel Holtzclaw’s wrongful conviction, which he is appealing. Six internationally renowned scientists called for a retrial after examining Taylor’s faulty work on the case. Like Mullins, Holtzclaw was charged with serial rape. Like Mullins, Holtzclaw was investigated by sex crimes Det. Kim Davis, who worked closely with Taylor for nearly 20 years.

At a recent deposition in federal lawsuits against Holtzclaw, who is represented in the civil litigation by famed exoneration attorney Kathleen Zellner, Taylor admitted she personally witnessed boxes of evidence from sex crimes, homicide and other cases being burned and shoved “in a big ole hole” down by the Oklahoma City river.

Moreover, Taylor contradicted her trial testimony, admitted the Holtzclaw forensic evidence could have been contaminated (by her son-in-law and co-lead Det. Rocky Gregory), and admitted to being involved in at least six other contamination cases (which Oklahoma officials, who held illegal secret hearings on Taylor’s work, refuse to disclose to the public).

Lost, burned, buried, tainted: This is an alarming crisis, whether you are a rape survivor, criminal justice reformer, forensic scientist or taxpayer. And I’m certain it’s not just an Oklahoma problem. Peel the layers of government intransigence enveloping a rape kit backlog and underneath you’ll find much more than criminal neglect.

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Wise words:

Lost, Buried, Burned: Oklahoma’s Rape Kit Scandal by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2019 If you are puzzled by the nationwide rape kit testing backlog, Oklahoma provides maddening insight on the bureaucratic forces that create intolerable inertia — and injustice. An estimated 225,000 rape kits have gone unprocessed across the country; more than 7,200 have […]
End the “TPS” farce: It’s time for ingrates to go

It’s time for ingrates to go
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2018

Crying “hate” is a lazy way to debate. But in the Beltway, where honest discussion and vigorous deliberation are desperately needed, the rhetorical sloth is so thick you need a Big Foot circular saw to cut it.

Take Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who thrust a Liberian immigrant, Linda Clark, into the limelight as her State of the Union special guest and poster child. “She has lived here over 18 years,” Rep. Omar lamented, “and there’s no reason she should be taken from her family.” Ahead of the annual address to Congress on Tuesday, Rep. Omar blasted President Donald Trump for “threatening to deport” Clark and “thousands of Liberians for no reason other than hate.”

Clark in turn echoed her radical host’s heated rhetoric, calling White House efforts to reform the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure programs “hateful” and castigating Trump “for deliberately targeting people like me.”

Sigh. This is why the White House cannot deal in good faith with the unreasonable party of “abolish ICE!” “no walls!” “amnesty for all!” and “deportation equals hate!” The Democrats have weaponized America’s grace against itself.

There is a very simple reason that Omar’s SOTU guest and hundreds of thousands like her from 10 different countries have been threatened with deportation. They were allowed to enter, stay and work here because of the extraordinary generosity of the United States of America. And now, after decades of our government’s largesse, their time is finally up.

The Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure programs were established as part of the Immigration Act of 1990, signed by President George H.W. Bush. (News flash: Bush was a Republican, but the Resistance smear merchants never let such facts get in the way of their hate hyperbole.) The idea was to create an orderly way to deal compassionately with foreigners who could not return to their home countries due to natural disasters, hurricanes, environmental catastrophes, civil war, epidemics and other “extraordinary and temporary conditions.”

An estimated 250,000 illegal immigrants from El Salvador first won TPS golden tickets after an earthquake struck the country in January 2001. In addition, 60,000 illegal immigrant Haitians received TPS after earthquakes in their homeland in 2010. An estimated 90,000 illegal immigrant Hondurans and Nicaraguans have been here since 1998 — when Hurricane Mitch hit their homeland. Several hundred Somalis remain in the country with TPS first granted in 1991, along with some 700 Sudanese who first secured TPS benefits in 1997.

TPS designees won three-year renewable passes to live and work here, travel freely and enjoy immunity from detention or deportation. Participants were originally required to provide proof that they arrived here on an eligible date, committed no more than two misdemeanors and no felonies and maintained a continuous presence in the country. But the programs are dangerously rife with unchecked document fraud, including unknown numbers of TPS winners who have used multiple aliases and faked their country of origin to qualify.

And without a fully functioning biometric entry-exit database in place to track temporary foreign visitors, there’s no way to track all the TPS enrollees.

As I’ve reported repeatedly over the past quarter-century, these “temporary” amnesties have become endless, interminable residency plans for unlawful border crossers, visa overstayers and deportation evaders from around the world. They are not, and never were, entitled to be here. Entry into our country is a privilege, not a right. That’s not “hateful.” It’s the stance that every modern, industrialized sovereign nation takes toward noncitizens.

Trump is the first commander in chief to challenge the temporary-in-name-only farce since the creation of the program. At least 3,700 Liberians like Clark have been here since 1991 on TPS because of civil wars that ended 16 years ago. President Bill Clinton first ordered Deferred Enforced Departure (discretionary deportation delays) for this group in 1999, arguing that the country was still unstable. Nineteen years later, after multiple extensions by Presidents Bush and Obama, Trump finally determined that it was safe for these guests to return to their homeland.

But instead of thanks and farewell, the beneficiaries of our country’s humanitarian TPS and DED policies like Linda Clark and their Democratic enablers like Rep. Omar are clinging bitterly and hurling invectives at leaders who take our laws and borders seriously. The disgruntled “victims” have an army of ACLU lawyers helping them sue to avoid deportation and a phalanx of open borders journalists to drum up public sympathy for their plights. Next week, they’ll be marching on Washington, pounding their drums and shaking their fists as they demand green cards and citizenship.

What other nation in the world has been so foolishly tolerant of so many foreign ingrates and agitators overstaying their welcome? If President Trump can’t pull the plug on this interminable charade, no one can. Once again, my old adage will prove true: There is no such thing as a “temporary” amnesty.

It’s time for ingrates to go by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2018 Crying “hate” is a lazy way to debate. But in the Beltway, where honest discussion and vigorous deliberation are desperately needed, the rhetorical sloth is so thick you need a Big Foot circular saw to cut it. Take Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan […]
Conservatives: Don’t fall all over yourself defending Howard Schultz

As longtime readers know, I have been a staunch defender of the free market and job creators for my entire career.

My book, “Who Built That,” was a passionate defense of American entrepreneurs in the face of the Obama-era war on wealth.

Now, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz is facing the progressives’ backlash against billionaires:

“I’ve also been criticized for being a billionaire,” Schultz said Wednesday. “Let’s talk about that. I’m self-made. I grew up in the project in Brooklyn, New York. I thought that was the American dream, the aspiration of America. You’re going to criticize me for — for being successful when in my company over the last 30 years, the only company in America that gave comprehensive health insurance, equity in the form of stock options, and free college tuition? And Elizabeth Warren wants to criticize me for being successful?”

I’ve noticed some conservatives expressing sympathy for his plight. My feeling is more of schadenfreude.

Don’t forget: Schultz, like so many other liberal CEOs, has pandered to progressives and thrown non-leftist customers under the bus by grandstanding on guns and open borders. He attempted to mollify SJWs by shutting down all his stores for racial bias training. And he has wavered on his position on tax cuts.

Can’t say I’m shedding tears watching him getting eaten alive and dividing the social justice wing he has tried to ally himself with for years. In fact, I’ll enjoy watching the spectacle sipping a piping hot non-Starbucks beverage and raising a toast to the intramural catfight.

As longtime readers know, I have been a staunch defender of the free market and job creators for my entire career. My book, “Who Built That,” was a passionate defense of American entrepreneurs in the face of the Obama-era war on wealth. Now, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz is facing the progressives’ backlash against billionaires: “I’ve […]

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What’s Up With Trump’s Multiple Clashes With GOP Lawmakers? Russia, Of Course

Besides McConnell, McCain, and Flake, he's also had behind the scenes interactions with Senators Corker and Tillis.

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President Trump’s rancor with lawmakers from his own party should come as no surprise. He’s looking for cover that they’re not providing.

And while his public feuding with John McCain, Jeff Flake, and Mitch McConnell is well-documented, by now, there have been several others that he’s had more private clashes with.

A for instance would be the recently passed sanctions bill against Russia.

Trump expressed frustration over a bipartisan bill sanctioning Russia and tried to convince Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that it wasn’t good policy, according to three people familiar with the call. Trump argued that the legislation was unconstitutional and said it would damage his presidency. Corker was unrelenting, these people said, and told Trump the bill was going to pass both houses with bipartisan support.

“He was clearly frustrated,” one person said of Trump’s call with Corker earlier this month. The bill cleared Congress overwhelmingly last month and Trump grudgingly signed it on Aug. 2.

Bummer. And his budding relationship with Russian strongman, Putin, was off to such a great start, too.

Russia has since expelled a number of U.S. diplomats, in response.

Another burr under Trump’s saddle is a bill that protects Robert Mueller (or any special counsel) from being fired by the president.

Trump dialed up Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) on Aug. 7, two days before a blunt call with the Senate majority leader that spilled over into a public feud. Tillis is working with Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on a bill designed to protect Robert Mueller, the independent counsel investigating the president’s Russia connections, from any attempt by Trump to fire him.

The Mueller bill came up during the Tillis-Trump conversation, according to a source briefed on the call — the latest signal of the president’s impatience with GOP senators’ increasing declarations of independence from his White House. Trump was unhappy with the legislation and didn’t want it to pass, one person familiar with the call said.

Spokespeople for both Tillis and Corker refused to discuss specifics of the conversations, but did confirm that the conversations took place.

Trump’s chewing out of GOP senators, according to people briefed on the calls, reflected the president’s frustration that fellow Republicans would make moves that could damage him, particularly on an investigation that he detests. Trump also complained about the Russian sanctions measure in a call with McConnell earlier this month that devolved into shouting. The New York Times first reported that Trump discussed the Russia probe with McConnell.

“It seems he is just always focused on Russia,” one senior GOP aide said.

That’s because he is.

In the couple of weeks John Kelly has been chief of staff, he’s attempted to exert some control over Trump’s unscheduled interactions with lawmakers. The president is said to have a habit of seeing a senator on television, getting a wild hair, and then having an assistant call that senator up.

Kelly has asked that there be a senior White House aide present whenever Trump make these calls, and that Trump be briefed on the topic he’s planning to call about.

That sure speaks volumes.

Embarrassing, cringe-worthy volumes.

The president needs to understand that he’s likely never going to get the approval of Democrats for anything he’s hoping to push. He needs the Republicans. He needs actual allies in Washington, and not just clingers.

He’s really not off to a good start.

 

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It’s a Cult: Spiritual Adviser Paula White Makes Wild Claims About Trump’s Role in God’s Plan

Sane people should run very far away from anyone suggesting such a thing.

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It will be interesting to see if Trump supporters who thought Barack Obama’s involvement with Jeremiah White was a huge red flag—and make no mistake, it was—will show any concern over statements made by President Trump’s own spiritual adviser, prosperity gospel preacher and televangelist Paula White. She made some pretty wild claims on convicted fraudster and former (as far as we know) pervert Jim Bakker’s show.

While speaking on a panel on “The Jim Bakker Show,” White said that Trump’s presidential victory was similar to a story from the Hebrew Bible where a woman named Esther was chosen to be queen, since both parties were unlikely to be selected for their roles.

As the scripture goes, Esther was a young, orphaned Jewish woman living in exile who, through her wits and good looks, ends up being selected by the Persian king to be his queen at a time when Jews were widely persecuted.

Because of her new position of power, Esther was able to stop a plot to murder all the Jewish people in Persia. The Bible concludes that Esther was placed in her position as queen by God to fulfill this important mission.

On Tuesday, White compared Trump to Queen Esther, saying that he, too, was selected by God to carry out a divine plan.

I’ll be honest, televangelists generally make my skin crawl. When they start explaining current events with the Old Testament and making sleazy politicians out to be the ones chosen by God to carry out a divine plan, I get both the heebies and the jeebies. It’s even worse when there’s a big studio audience heaping a pile of amens on top of whatever pseudo-spiritual political rationale the preacher is laying down. These people are, at best, misinformed.

White went so far as to suggest that those opposing Trump are literally opposing God.

“They say about our president, ‘Well, he is not presidential.’ Thank goodness. Thank goodness. Thank goodness,” White said. “And I mean that with all due respect. Because, in other words, he is not a polished politician. In other words, he is authentically, whether people like it or not, has been raised up by God.”

“God says that he raises up and places all people in places of authority,” she continued. “It is God who raises up a king. It is God that sets one down. When you fight against the plan of God, you are fighting against the hand of God.” (emphasis added)

I have no quarrel with the Judeo-Christian concept that God raises up leaders and puts people in authority. With that comes the reality that not every person raised to a position of authority is put there for the immediate good of humanity. I’m fairly certain that Paula White and those who follow her weren’t saying the same thing about opposing Trump’s predecessor who God also placed in authority.

Let me be perfectly frank here, anyone who claims that disagreeing with any President’s agenda is tantamount to opposing God is crazy. Sane people should run very far away from anyone suggesting such a thing. To say it about Donald Trump makes you a certifiable lunatic or a dangerous liar.

Trump’s alleged Christian faith—which comes with a stated belief that he has never needed to ask forgiveness for anything—absolutely seems to be born of political expedience. I can’t say for sure what’s in his heart but even by his own admission he’s broken a few commandments. You do the math. Paula White sure doesn’t seem like much of a stickler for doctrine if her spiritual advice left Trump with the idea that he was immaculately conceived.

Erick Erickson made waves prior to Trump’s inauguration by calling White a”a prosperity gospel charlatan” and  “Trinity denying heretic.” Erickson pointed out that the doctrine of the Trinity was settled at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. Those who deny it are by definition preaching something other than Christianity.

Since AD 325, it has been settled in the orthodoxy of the Christian church of every single Christian denomination that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God. Re-iterated in the First Council of Constantinople in AD 381, the Nicene Creed as we know it today contains these line:

I believe in one God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
Begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
Very God of very God,
Begotten, not made,
Being of one substance with the Father,
By whom all things were made;

This is literally 1,691 year old settled orthodoxy of every Christian denomination. Presbyterians, Catholics, Orthodox, Methodists, Baptists, Anglicans, and other Christian denominations, along with a few Episcopalian churches all say this creed. It, along with the Apostles Creed, are the two major, foundational creeds in Christendom.

At least one member of Trump’s religious advisory panel has walked away from Trump. White shows no signs of doubting Trump though. She certainly exemplifies the cult of Trump. Let’s hope people who support the President do so based on policy and not on religious fervor stirred up by a crackpot.

 

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A Ha’awina in Humility: Did a Hawaiian Politician Receive Hate Mail or Execute a Hoax?

(Updates Below) The racial discord in this country is both palpable and intensifying. One of the bothersome aspects however is when the people who supposedly decry the hatred and division are the very same stoking that foundry of intolerance. Note how those in the media question with dismay how it is the Nazi party has so much exposure these days, all while they cannot refrain | Read More »

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Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto

Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto

(Updates Below)

The racial discord in this country is both palpable and intensifying. One of the bothersome aspects however is when the people who supposedly decry the hatred and division are the very same stoking that foundry of intolerance. Note how those in the media question with dismay how it is the Nazi party has so much exposure these days, all while they cannot refrain from granting the SS-holes blanket coverage.

Equally vexing are politicians who supposedly speak out against the divisions in this country while highlighting those same social barricades enthusiastically. Let us now go to Mauka, in the county of Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the district where State Representative Beth Fukumoto originates. The politician has made a small splash on social media by posting a letter purportedly sent to her by a purported Donald Trump supporter.

Fukumoto had previously caused ripples in the aquamarine when she switched parties this year, from being a GOP representative to a Democrat. This switchover was said to be due to her being removed from her Minority Leader position, a move spurned by her comments made to the negative towards newly elected President Trump. This was really more of a lateral move, given Beth has posted pics of herself with liberal iconography, such as “She Persisted” posters, or sporting a magenta feminist vagina hat. Also, those scathing comments about Trump? They were delivered at a Women’s March rally.

(What’s the Hawaiian word for “RINO”?)

Now Fukumoto is drawing attention to herself based on a missive delivered to her office. The typewritten letter, dated 08 – 09, was posted to her personal Twitter account.

As many outlets in the media have dutifully detailed this as an example of hate, and repeated that Donald Trump is the cause, note the lack of journalistic curiosity. There are a number of questions regarding this correspondence, most which will go unasked.

I contacted Rep. Fukumoto’s office, and reached her spokesperson. I asked if the letter had been turned over to any law enforcement agency, and was told at this time that no, the letter had not been given to any authorities. This is after one full week from the letter being received. I had a number of other questions, including a request to have a picture of the full face of the envelope, but was then told that any further inquiry had to be delivered via email.

 

  • Why would someone from “La, Calif” be so concerned with a Hawaiian State Representative?
  • Why are the stamps on the envelope not postmarked?

 

stamp1

 

  • Why would someone use $0.10 stamps which were issued in 1975? And why would they separate the block when it does not give sufficient postage to deliver said envelope today?

 

stamp2

 

  • Has anyone tried tracking the USPS bar code shown at the bottom of the envelope? If that is a code that derives from a commercial account it may be traceable, or can track   the origination address. This would at the very least tell someone the location from where the letter had been mailed.

 

stamp3

 

At press time I had not received contact back from the spokesperson, nor Rep. Fukumoto herself. Considering the level of accusation being leveled towards the President the burden of proof to this culpability rests with Ms. Fukumoto.

UPDATE:

Following this post I did receive contact back from Rep. Fukumoto herself. She states that, contrary to what I had been told by her reps, they have reached out to authorities: “Yes, we’ve been in touch with law enforcement to see if it’s possible to determine the origin of the letter. The postmark of the letter indicated that it was from CA, but it’s faded so the city is not entirely clear.”

As for an image of the envelope she informed me that a pic had been provided to The Huffington Post. (Available here.) The writer, a resident of Hawaii, received this image Wednesday evening.

HuffPost sent a copy of the envelope to officials at the U.S. Postal Service in Honolulu, who confirmed that the enveloped was processed by a USPS center in California before it was sent to Honolulu.

 

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Where the Streets Have No Name – Confederate Drive Is History

Weeks before the tragic events of Charlottesville, the City of St. Louis was embroiled in a controversy over the removal of the Confederate memorial located in Forest Park. Though talk of relocating the memorial began in 2015, Mayor Lyda Krewson, who assumed office in April of this year, revived the discussion, strongly advocating its removal. Arguments were raised on both sides of the issue.  There were | Read More »

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Weeks before the tragic events of Charlottesville, the City of St. Louis was embroiled in a controversy over the removal of the Confederate memorial located in Forest Park. Though talk of relocating the memorial began in 2015, Mayor Lyda Krewson, who assumed office in April of this year, revived the discussion, strongly advocating its removal. Arguments were raised on both sides of the issue.  There were some demonstrations — largely nonviolent, thankfully. And the memorial, which was dedicated in 1914, was ultimately removed in June.

I wanna feel sunlight on my face.
I see the dust-cloud
Disappear without a trace.

But the street which formerly led to it remained in place.  Until Monday. While most area residents focused their attention on the solar eclipse, Confederate Drive was being torn up by the City Streets Department.

The city streets department says it’s spending nearly $12,000 to add plants, flowers, and grass. Barring any weather problems, work should be completed by next week.

Some city leaders claim a master plan dating back to 1995 always included removing Confederate Drive in favor of green space. Since the road never served any other purposed or use, it city leaders said it makes sense to tear it up and turn it into a garden.

Fair enough. The street may well have served no other purpose – it certainly was never integral to my jogs or bike rides through the park. And I like green space as much as the next person. (As an aside, Forest Park really is a jewel, and I’m glad it’s part of the St. Louis landscape.)

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And there may well have been such a plan in the works, though one wonders why it took 22 years to be implemented. (Come to think of it, we’re talking about city government here. Maybe one needn’t wonder all that much.)

Still, the timing is quite interesting, particularly given that a bill to rename the street “Scott Joplin Drive” is currently under consideration by the Board of Alderman. Guess that measure can be tabled now, and the City can move on to other pressing issues.

To be clear, I don’t have an issue with the Confederate memorial being removed from Forest Park and placed in a museum. Nor do I take issue with the removal of Confederate Drive, coincidental timing notwithstanding. Like many, though, I do wonder where we ultimately draw the line? And whether the recent push to tear down and rename will help heal old wounds or inflict new ones?

We’re still building and burning down love.

 

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