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June 19, 2013 at 8:24 AM

What was Seattle mayor candidate Peter Steinbreuck thinking?

Asked to perform a reading of an influential book, Seattle mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck made the unusual pick of The Conjure Woman, the 1899 story collection by African-American writer Charles Chestnutt about race relations in South post-Civil War. Strangely, Steinbrueck chose to read it in dialect, making him sound like Chris Rock impersonating a white Seattle architect trying to impersonate Chris Rock’s Cheap Pete character.

I wasn’t at the reading, but KUOW was. Here’s their story; Steinbreuck’s reading starting at about 7 minute mark.

What was Steinbrueck thinking?

Comments | Topics: peter steinbrueck, Seattle mayor

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