One of the more insidious forms of racism is also the most politically correct form of racism. You may know this phenomenon as “identity politics.”
Identity politics as practiced by the Democrat(ic) party posits this: sprinkle your faculty, legislature, or editorial board with a black person here and an LBGTQ there and you have captured those identity groups’ immutable catechism. The fatal conceit is that all members of your identity group think alike. It’s the James Watt formula, ironically enough. Anyone who digresses from the expected stereotype is “not authentically [Name Your Identity Group Here].
Which puts me in mind of a black woman who had just been hired at The Capital Times shortly after Your Humble Squire left its employ 27 years ago. She had just been named to the editorial board of this Voice of Progressivism — presumably because of race and gender, she told me. The lady laughed: she was a deep red conservative!
I’ve said this before: the University of Wisconsin spends untold hours of expensive faculty time devising Diversity Plans for such ephemera as race and gender while perpetuating its Safe-Space-seeking monoculture of liberal-progressive-socialism.
Would it surprise you then that Madison’s African-American community in no way is in lockstep with the 15-point Focused Interruption plan that the Madison Common Council recently awarded $75,000 of $400,000 budgeted this year?
We excerpt here from a Facebook thread started by my old colleague on the Dane County Board, Richard V. Brown Sr. Having not sought the respondents’ consent, they will not be identified here. Judging from their Facebook pictures and/or my personal acquaintance with them, all quoted here are African-American.
Richard V. Brown Sr. at July 3 at 9:35am — More shootings in Madison WI. At what point do this city learn that what they are doing is not working. Throwing money at the problem just to say we are doing something. Poor leadership based on guilt and ignorance. No plan just listening to the loudest voice. This must change. No leadership from our Assembly. No leadership from our city council and worst of all no leadership for our community. I say replace them all or accept mediocrity and more loss of lives.
D.D. July 3 at 9:32am — Why is it the city responsibility to give these bad ass kids home training?
N.C. July 3 at 9:48am — Hell the kids acting like they parents!!! And yes, lock’em down with absolutely nothing to do!!! I they want that life, then they deserve to be in prison or away from society along a possible!!! But America can’t keep making sure we turn to this lifestyle either!!
Richard V. Brown Sr. at July 3 at 10:13am — Yes, I had a plan when I ran for Mayor but nobody listened. A plan that put more officers on the streets using the community (reserve police force), a plan that created a link to the faith base community (they have the pulse of the community), and a plan that strengthens the council (similar to the position you guys want in the council chamber) this would require performance measures thus eliminating poverty pimp from exploiting our community. A plan that gives people hope – never seen anybody with hope shoot someone. A Mayor that wants to be mayor and not governor. Call me anytime; I answer.
C.P.A.P.P. at July 4 at 3:22am — and also be able to give a good whoopin and not have to worry about police being called and charged with child abuse.
R.H. July 4 at 7:57am — … some of our conditions are a result of our own actions. I mean just take Madison for example. 22 years ago 1 in 5 people in the store was non-white, the communities were clean and quiet, I don’t have actual stats but based upon what I can see with my own eyes, I feel that once an influx of more and more black people moved to this city crime has gone up, violence has gone up, the clean streets have changed to trash every where. I’m all for lifting up my own people. I personally seek out black on businesses to spend my money. I prefer to be around my people but people are allowing their children to run the streets unattended. In the malls stealing, fighting and all on the buses cursing and acting a fool. Now I’m not saying that black people are responsible for everything that has happened here. I am saying is that the dynamics of this city has changed since more black people have moved here. …
L.H. at July 3 at 10:03am — Talk to em’ Mr Brown ! Nothing is being done to effectively pull all the violence down ! The leadership who claims to be addressing the problem is weak and recessive ! The community is at unrest, many are scared, and even more of us are extremely angry and frustrated ! To say nothing can be done is a bunch of BS,cause that’s not a solution at all !
J.E. at July 3 at 10:26am — if the plan does not involve figuring out a way to give the youth hope and helping them feel they can rise out of poverty and also locking up gun offenders for a very long time to shield the community from the terrorism then we are just spinning our wheels. If you are caught with a gun not registered to you or you commit a gun crime with a gun not legally yours. the community should not have to see you again. time to take off the kid gloves
I.K. at July 3 at 11:08am — … Are we going to repeat what the federal government did in the War on Drugs giving the money to the gang leaders under the guise of job opportunities and programs which actually increase the community violence and crime? Look at the results in Chicago now! Wake up people. This glorification of the gang mentality is literally killing our community and our nation.
Coming up — The Blaska Policy Werkes is willing to acknowledge that the 15-point Focused Interruption plan may do some good but remains more palliation than regime change. Blaska’s 6-point plan first proffered May 9 will affect a paradigm shift, not palliation. In any even, we are meeting with Michael Johnson of Boys & Girls Clubs and Anthony Cooper, the exec director of Focused Interruption, Friday morning. I’ll report back.
NAACP branch says black cops are not really black.