Grand Forks is at a pivotal time in its moral and mayoral history. I must state that as a UND alumni I can't be surprised by what we have been complicit in. We elected a mayor who has benefitted from the array of socio-athletic privilege, and perhaps have not considered the dire repercussions that has on those in the rearview mirror of this hegemonic status. We elected a mayor that could do no wrong because of his socialized royal status that we give to UND hockey players, rarely questioning their moral autonomy except for when there arise overtly aggressive ableist and racist aggressions that are as mutually problematic as those with entitlement rarely acknowledging such a position.
The point being that we gave blind priority to his physical and local attributes, a benefit in and of itself that shielded many from taking a serious look at not only his felony history, and also a second chance that countless people of color across this country never dream of attaining with this kind of a strike, but also the pride that he faced his mayoral campaign ads by glorifying toxic physical violence. I hope I do not need to elaborate further on how this precedes the most pressing issues facing college campuses today, specifically on the north side of Grand Forks.
Moreover, Grand Forks has been listed as the sixth fastest city in increasing COVID case count by the New York Times, and we not only have a mayor that refuses to take preventative measures to ensure that those with 3-4 times the rate of death from COVID-19 are protected, largely people of color, but we also have a mayor that believes preventative measures are equivocal to "Nazi Germany," in his own words. But once again, this engenders the given fact that he does not fully grasp what a "Nazi Germany" means for people that are from a background different from his own. A time such as now calls for a critical analytical morality that goes beyond our good intentions, and discovers our own subconscious incognizance.
Editor’s note for clarification: Mayor Bochenski was charged with a felony as a teen in Minnesota, but after serving community service, the charge was dismissed.