“Arma virumque cano,” writes Vergil in the opening of the Aeneid (“Arms and the man I sing”). In a footnote to the Black Lives Matter disgrace yesterday, Minneapolis now gives us a creep and a council member, Cano — Alondra Cano. “Daughter of the Third World Feminist movement…Im/migrant,” as she describes herself, alluding to her childhood in Mexico (though she was born in Minnesota). She’s recently back from Barcelona on the taxpayer’s dime, according to City Pages.
A Minneapolis City Council member is drawing criticism for what some see as an effort to publicly shame constituents who objected to her involvement in Wednesday’s Black Lives Matter rally at the Mall of America and the airport.
Council Member Alondra Cano, who represents the Ninth Ward, has been accused of “doxing” — posting personal information about people who criticized her for supporting the Black Lives Matter events — on Twitter.
Stephen Dent, who said he had previously contributed to Cano’s campaign, wrote to her and told Cano she was unfit to serve on the council by “closing private property” and “supporting illegal actions.”
Cano then tweeted Dent’s email address and phone number to her roughly 2,000 followers.
“What she did to me and others put a huge chill on our democratic society,” Dent said in a phone interview early Thursday. “It has broken my trust with public officials in the city of Minneapolis.”
Attempts to reach Cano Thursday morning were not successful.
Dent said that as a 62 year old gay man he understands discrimination and is sympathetic to the aims of Black Lives Matter but does not believe Cano should have been participating in the protests.
As for posting his cell phone and email address, “I understand the law allows her to do this. But what she did was unethical,” said Dent, who said he is an organizational psychologist and author. He said he has filed an ethics complaint with the city.
Since Cano tweeted out his phone number, Dent said he has received lots of feedback, “99 percent” positive, he said.
Cano’s tweets were screenshots containing personal information like phone numbers and email addresses of at least four people who were criticizing Cano. The posts are no longer on her Twitter feed.
Cano has posted constituent correspondence before that identified the senders email, as recently as November.
A tweet that remains on her feed reads: “Just stating the facts so residents understand that there are no ‘private messages’ to elected officials.”
Let’s put it this way. In Alondra Cano the moron and the moment have met.