We understand the bid to name something in the Emerald City — anything, apparently — after the recent president.
Nothing salves the guilty white liberal more than naming a building after America’s first black president, which is why those proposing to rename the City-County Building after Barack Obama were white liberals named Al Matano, county supervisor, and Joe Parisi, county executive. Bonus: It’s a slap at the current incumbent.
But Madison’s African-American population ain’t buying in. How embarrassing.
Why, because the CCB contains jail cells!
“The building is symbolic of the extreme racial disparities evident in the treatment of African Americans by the criminal justice system of the United States,” pronounced the local NAACP.
Now, no one is proposing that the state penitentiary at Waupun be named for President Obama. The City-County building houses Madison police, offices of the mayor and county executive, common council/county board chambers, civil rights, the parks department, municipal court, the assessor, city and county clerks — in other words, the full panopoly of government.
In any event, Martin Luther King Jr. famously endured his own personal Gethsemane in the Birmingham Jail. It is part of his passion and suffering for a great cause.
But it is an article of the One True Faith in the Church of Liberal Victimology that the justice system is stacked against People of Color — even in liberal-progressive-socialist Dane County. The judges, racist. District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, himself a person of color, registered Democrat and originally a Jim Doyle appointee — racist.
Are there racial disparities in the treatment of African Americans by the criminal justice system? Probably, in the U.S. Probably not in Madison, WI. Are there racial disparities in the commission of crime? Yes and overwhelmingly, according to the data.
The hard truth is that African-Americans account for 7% of Madison’s population but 43% of its arrests for crime, according to 2016 Madison PD statistics. That is one helluva lot of “disparity” to be explained by the supposed Klan membership of Madison’s men and women in blue.
The more whacked-out of our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances (a-Bob? Baldy?) would have to argue that the wealthy white folks of Nakoma and University Heights are shooting each other but just aren’t being arrested. How laughable. (Incidentally, zero arrests for loitering, curfew, or public drunkenness. Drug arrests? Whites were arrested by a greater margin: 532 to 296.)
It’s why a 39-year-old black man named Richard Harris, coordinator of veterans services at UW-Whitewater, reached out to Your Humble Squire last week. Holder of a master’s degree in social work, Harris told me “liberalism can kill you.”
Madison is full of well intentioned white liberals and black extortionists, Harris told me over cofveve at Barrique’s on Monroe Street. Civil rights leaders who aim their fire at the criminal justice system really don’t care about black lives.
“We tell Moslems to call out the extremists but we won’t do that in our own community.”
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The fake ‘Police war on black people’ — No riots, no looting, no angry speeches after a white woman, Justine Ruszczyk, was killed by Mohamed Noor, the first Somali-American black police officer in Minneapolis. The bride-to-be was shot to death IN HER PAJAMAS on Saturday after she called 911 to report a possible sex assault near her home. (Read & Weep)
It’s not just Republicans in Washington and Madison who fight each other. Quoting mass murderer Ché Guevera and the late old leftie Tom Hayden, The Nation laments: “The left is tearing itself apart.”
In order to have any chance of reversing the right-wing trends that began in the Reagan years [almost 40 years ago!], mainstream Democrats and progressives have to find ways to disagree without destroying the ability to accomplish their shared goals.
The Policy Werkes prescribes: Mitch McConnell in D.C.: put ObamaCare repeal up for a vote. Call the roll. Let the three or four Republicans explain their votes if they dare vote No.
Speaker Vos in Madison: if you want more revenue to fix our roads, insist that all 35 Democrats vote for it or you’re out. Sunset any tax hike after three years. Make the same deal with the Senate.