Alondra Cano Doxxes The Halls With Abuse Of Power. Fa La La La La, La La La Lawless.

Minneapolis City Councilwoman Alondra Cano makes no bones about the fact that she’s a progressive.  Her Twitter bio begins “Daughter of the Third World Feminist movement”, which may or may not be true, but she’s certainly a product of the sort of unbridled prosperity that First World free-marketeering has wrought; it takes a lot of prosperity to make a public life like hers sustainable.  And thank goodness for that prosperity – since her future as an industrial engineer looks dim indeed.

At any rate, she spent a good chunk of yesterday on social media rooting for Black Lives Matter’s protest at the Mall of America.  And while Ms Cano seems as confused about the distinction between public and private property as the rest of the City Council usually does, I’ll certainly defend her right to protest in favor of or against anything she wants.

Provided, of course, she doesn’t abuse her office to do it.

And we’ve got a problem, there.

Chicago-y:  On her Twitter feed yesterday, she went around and around with some of her critics.

Including, as it happens, some who’d written to her on her City of Minneapolis feedback form – the one people use on the City website to send her feedback.

She took to posting some of the responses she disagreed with.  Note:  While I redacted personal information, including phone numbers, email addresses and home addresses, from the screenshots, Ms. Cano did not:

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And this condescending little jape:

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When people tried to call “foul” on Twitter, Cano responded:

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Emails may be public – but one might ask why a public official is posting citizens data on Twitter, when they contacted her via the City’s contact form.  Because she expects them to be reading Twitter?  Seems unlikely.

And while she pleads “public data”, you’ll note that she only published the names, email and home addresses of detractors, not supporters.

In short, Cano used her city social media presence and city-supplied data to try to intimidate constituents who disagreed with her.  Furthermore, she used city-supplied data to stump for Black Lives Matter.  While Cano has every right to believe what she wants, and protest on their behalf, using data from a city web form to intimidate citizens is grossly inappropriate.

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It’s hard out there for a member of a major urban political elite.

So while Ms. Cano – an elected officeholder and high-ranking member of a power structure that has boundless power over a major American city – may try to eke out a shard of victimhood out of the fact that anyone would ask…:

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I haven’t seen the term “womyn” used unironically in twenty years. Minneapolis is truly a commemorative museum of progressivism.

…I’m going to ask anyway.

I posted four questions to Ms. Cano – although I suspect I’ll be blocked from her Twitter feed long before she reads them, even if she did.  But for the record, here they are:

  1. Why are you, Ms. Cano, using Twitter to respond to feedback that came to you via the feedback from on the city website?  She can’t possibly believe that the correspondents were going to read her on Twitter, did she?
  2. While it may be true that emails from the feedback form are “public”, Twitter is hardly a data practices request, now, is it?
  3. Is it proper for a city councilwomen to use data from a public website to shape opinion for a private group?  Black Lives Matter is not city business!
  4. In what way is posting citizens’ home phones, addresses and email addresses not intimidation?  And is it proper to use social media to intimidate people at all, whether on behalf of government or someone completely different?

If you live in Minneapolis, I urge you to ask Ms. Cano exactly that.

And maybe tell her to check her urban liberal privilege.

13 thoughts on “Alondra Cano Doxxes The Halls With Abuse Of Power. Fa La La La La, La La La Lawless.

  1. Ta-Nahesi Coates had a splash with his latest book, Between the World and Me. No one seems to have noticed that in the book Ta- Nahesi Coates explicitly says that one-man-one-vote is the enemy of civil rights (as he sees them). Ta-Nahesi Coates also believes that ‘whiteness’ is illegitimate, a made-up thing that is only used to oppress non-whites. Blackness is, however, not only authentic, but noble. Fascinating bit of self-centeredness there. Some Black people believe they are the center of the non-Black universe.
    This is Malcolm-X style Black nationalism. The health of Black people depends on the defeat of white people.
    Between the World and Me won the Booker prize and the American National Book Award. Look for it in public libraries and school libraries near you!

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  3. It is a fool’s errand to try and “win over,” argue with or seek reconciliation with the BLM crowd — and politicians who seek to do so are just playing their game.

  4. The questions were sent to the city-owned computer, then forwarded to Twitter. If a City Council member used the city’s computer to promote the NRA convention, would liberals be so placid?

  5. I don’t live in Murderapolis, thankfully, so I’m less likely to have to be ducking stray bullets or suffering city council members who fantasize that they are somehow the point of the spear in a revolution. Maybe I’ll check her Twitter feed for laughs however.

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  7. The Right needs to learn a lesson or two.
    Go ahead, mock the #BLM people. They don’t give a damn what you think. They aren’t trying to influence you. They are trying to influence Democrat and moderate politicians, business leaders, and liberal donors, i.e., people with no principles.
    Liberals are very much on the authoritarian, neo-fascist ‘we will decide the proper public policy for the US and you will obey’ track these days. See virtually any Obama administration action for an example. People who believe Trump is a fascist really need to take a long, hard look at the actions of the Obama administration.

  8. Trump has shown that quasi-Fascist rhetoric has a fairly popular appeal among certain segments of the population.

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