I was very surprised and disappointed that you would devote so much space in the August issue to Quentin Kopp’s reactionary views in his column “In Pursuit of Justice.”
Recently he used a sexist statement calling Tamara Keith, a reporter for NPR and PBS Newshour, “a moronic schoolgirl.” Really.
We get Mr. Kopp’s regular litany of gripes. “Questionable police conduct has intimidated prosecutors,” defunding the police “risks a return to a high crime era,” “a depressing part of American Culture is our educational system and what biased teachers and left-wing faculty have accomplished over the last six decades,” and on and on.
There is not one mention about Black Lives Matter and the depressing number of Black women and men who continue to be murdered by the police, which has sparked calls for “defunding the police.” Most of the commentaries I have seen have been about doing a better job of policing – in the alternative, sending mental health care professionals to deal with psychiatric cases, etc.
Mr. Kopp has always been an outlier in SF Politics. In 1982 he was among those who opposed renewal of the Rent Stabilization Law – it passed anyway. He was not interested in helping with the homeless crisis of 1982. I know. I was there.
From his comments, it appears that Mr. Kopp is in favor of a return to the McCarthy era, commenting about “biased teachers” and “left wing faculty” (according to Kopp) in our schools and colleges.
I am really disappointed that the Richmond Review/Sunset Beacon would afford Mr. Kopp two thirds of a page for his pro Police Officers Association, right-wing musings and quotes about Republican polls opposing abortion.
Is it too much to ask for a writer more in the mainstream? How about rotating columnists who reflect SF today.
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