Murder of a City, Tacoma: Chapter 5

Coverage of Murder of a City, Tacoma, starts here


  • The most important part about this chapter is that Crisman explains in depth his supposed philosophical reasons for engaging in this political war. I say “supposed” not to imply he’s lying, but merely to stress that for these purposes I’m taking Crisman’s words at face value but also not lending them unquestioned support. I’m not going to venture to say if he’s being honest or not, because I don’t really know.
    Anyway, Crisman’s main problem is with the imposition of state power in generally, but in specific with “sensitivity training,” which he considers a moral and subversive scourge.
    This is fascinating from my 2019 perspective, because these things are now commonplace in America. For Crisman in 1966, though, they represented something wholly nefarious. For Crisman, this sensitivity training was a means of political brainwashing.
  • Crisman claims that Rasmussen is the victim of a slander campaign accusing him of being a racist. This caught me by surprise, as I didn’t think being branded a racist would have a career-destroying stigma in the late ’60s. Looking at it from 2019, when “racist” and “sexist” accusations are the new “commie” catch-all condemnations designed to shut up anyone who doesn’t agree with things, I feel a natural sympathy with Crisman’s position here. However, it needs to be reiterated again that we really have no idea what Crisman was really up to.
  • Marshall Riconoscuito wraps up the chapter saying “there’s going to be hell to pay” after saying that the only way for them to fight this media campaign is to get some media of their own, by the order of “millions of dollars.”

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