Saturday, January 11, 2014

Right There All Along

On December 13, 2013, I was walking down the sidewalk along Pike Street on Seattle's Capitol Hill, always trying to spot "street photos" for my blog. Having just crossed Broadway, and passing the alley that leads to the LGBTQ bar, Neighbours, I looked down at my feet.


Etched into a piece of cement repair were some numbers and a symbol, ones that appear to have been there for some time. I wouldn't have thought twice if it weren't for the fact that a good friend of mine is a former member of the Aryan Nations and who had educated about the "14" and "88" code references in white-supremacist circles.


I also remembered back in 1990 how Neo-Nazis had tried to pipe bomb the LGBTQ bar, Neighbours, the entrance to which was right up this alley.

A shot of the alley that leads to Neighbours, from Pike Street.
So I snapped a photo of the cement graffiti and continued on my way.

A little over two weeks later, on New Years Eve, an attempt was made to cause a fire at that same club.

I went back to snap a few more photos to illustrate where exactly this cement is located.
Looking from the alley out toward Pike Street.
How many of us, for years, have walked right over this message in our midst?