Salisbury, Lois: Reactions to change
Lois Salisbury: There was of course – as there would be in any city. This was not unique to San Francisco – a comfort with the status quo. It has its history, it had its traditions, it had its points of pride, it had its foibles. But it is what is was. And to turn over a page in a city’s history and in a picture of who the city was so rapidly already had occurred because of the change with George and the change of the Board of Supervisors. After all it’s the first thing we think of when we think of our government is to keep us safe and to keep us secure, and who is supposed to do that but the police department. And so to imagine because of the change in politics that something so routine as who your cop is could change so quickly, and you’d just suddenly be looking at a woman or you’d suddenly be looking at a black sergeant. It was unsettling to people because that’s now how they identified with their city, and if more for some it was threatening because they thought those jobs were going to go to their sons, not to somebody else’s sons or daughters.
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Rubin, Jon and Salisbury, Lois, "Salisbury, Lois: Reactions to change" (2012). Moscone Oral Histories. 160.