An Open Letter to Mayor John Hamilton Regarding the Police Department’s Purchase of an Armored Vehicle

Steve Volan, Member, District 6, Common Council, City of Bloomington • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Dear Mayor Hamilton — This document explains my understanding of the decision to purchase a Lenco Bearcat armored vehicle by the City of Bloomington Police Department, and my position on its purchase. It has taken a … Continue reading

It wasn’t blackface after all. It was blueface. (It still wasn’t okay.)

This is a long post. There’s lots of ground to cover. I hope it addresses all the concerns people have brought up since yesterday’s post exploded via social media, but it may require more dialogue. Just know at the outset: I’ve been up all night writing this follow-up post, and … Continue reading

It’s 2016, and there are people in Bloomington wearing blackface in public [UPDATE: make that “blueface”]

UPDATE 9/24: The students pictured below were not in blackface; they were (attempting to) dress as Blue Man Group. Accusations of explicit racism have been corrected below: incorrect info is struck through and new info is underlined. Full update, and sources for new info below, in the post that succeeds this … Continue reading