UPDATED: More Yellow Paint Applied.
In what appears to be a counter protest by supporters of Oklahoma peace officers, there is now a new addition to the street graffiti on Greenwood Avenue, in downtown Tulsa.
Citizens have complained for well over a month that the illegal defacing of public streets has led to a culture of mob rule and disrespect for lawful order, public safety, and taxpayer-funded assets.
Some are surprised that more street graffiti has not popped up around Tulsa and our tribal lands. In fact, tribes may very well assert their right to painting their own street graffiti on outside the casinos and other tribal lots. How would the city council and police prosecute anyone for doing the very thing that Mayor Bynum has ordered to remain, even without an act of the city council or any of the zoning committees who ordinarily would hear such proposals for variances like what has twice been disregarded?
We will now watch how the city leaders posture. Councilor Cass Fahler's facebook had no public condemnations of the massive graffiti defacing of public streets on June 19th. Yet, today, he's among the first to lecture all of us about the much less invasive addition to the previous graffiti.
It's clear that our mayor has failed to lead in this issue. It's equally clear that our city council showed no concern until the Tulsa GOP Chair shamed them into action by asking for a permit process to duplicate the technique in a message of support for peace officers.
Fahler said the blue line, a figurative message of what separates civility from lawlessness; is the role that municipal and state peace officers risk their lives to provide.
It's repugnant that Fahler doesn't show equal outrage at both acts of public defacing of taxpayer assets.
What's probably eating at Fahler is a clear indication that he and his colleagues in city govt. are reaping what they've sown, and they want to try to shame those who expect equal justice under the law.
Blue Graffiti Matters!