Blaska Policy Werkes

Campus brawls, hip hop, and Derail the Jail are birds of a socialist feather


Now observing 46 straight days without a credible allegation

Why are we not surprised? 

The answer is, because we can connect the dots: from the hate and violence of hip hop and gangsta rap …. to the cop bashing of the Derail the Jail crowd … all of it being taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Just this morning, Madison Police report more fights on the 600 block of University Avenue, at the foot of the university campus. (Incident #12 on the chief’s blog).

“Gangs now consider bar-focused 600 block of University Avenue part of their turf,” the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Fights that started inside the bar turned into brawls involving hundreds of people that spilled onto University Avenue on three successive weekends in late September and early October. Police used large tanks of pepper gas to stop each of them as well as an additional brawl that broke out a few weeks later that started in another bar.

Adding to the volatility: A bar in the middle of the block that showcases hip-hop music that also caters to people under 21 for some events.

Hip Hop’s 50Cent. Not exactly “all you need is love.”

Hip hop? How many other music venues (if that be music) have sold hip hop and reaped mayhem? Try King Street. Try University Avenue farther out toward Middleton. The same result: fighting, shots fired, knives shown, arrests made.

Does it surprise that they teach hip hop at UW-Madison? They do, at the UW Department of Sociology and its Havens Center. These seminars and presentations:

Hip Hop, Race and Politics; The Future of Hip Hop Studies at UW-Madison; Hip Hop and American History; Being Digital, Being Hip Hop; Getting Real: The Future of Hip Hop Scholarship; Hip Hop Feminism; B-Boy Ethnography: Theory, Character and the Deep Principles of Hip Hop.

They write the songs that make the young girls cry

Hip hop has “deep principles”? A genre known for its celebration of thug life and cop hate? Hip Hop Feminism? A genre known for its misogyny?

Cue up “This Shit’s Special,” by a gangsta rapper calling himself DJ Khaled:

Brad warned me while driving this auburn Ferrari
Never follow in her games, I fuck around and I’ll be sorry
But I tried her, used to ride her, for dollars not the fame
She slowed me down and had me guzzling on cups of lean
She’s a middle-aged cougar, showing young’uns the dream
Noticed she wasn’t breathing for a second then I screamed
“She’s dead!” and everybody took it out on Nasty
I was just looking out for my music family
Wasn’t trying to claim her to myself, she’s yours
You can have her, she’s a motherfucking whore
I fuck Hip Hop

At least it rhymes. Only a sociology major would believe that hip hop lyrics don’t prescribe as well as describe. Wikipedia (we DO have our sources!) actually posts an entry listing “murdered hip hop musicians” (33 in the last 30 years.) Most infamously, habitual criminal Tupac Shakur, one of whose albums was titled “Thug Life: Volume 1.” His label was Out Da Gutta Records before signing with Death Row, titles that were also as prescriptive as they were descriptive.

We said (here and here) the Derail the Jail cadres who disrupted Monday night’s Dane County Board meeting represent no neighborhood, no community but the UW sociology department and its socialist spawn. Groups like the UW teaching assistants, Progressive Dane, the Young and Foolish racists, the Socialist Workers Party.

Havens Center identity politics category cloud

UW sociology is the well spring from whence flows the dope M. Adams and Matthew Braungin and Allison Bell Bern get their fix about Madison police emulating Nazis and Confederate slavers. Take the recent UW Sociology’s Havens Center seminar on Mass Incarceration in America. (Or “Amerikkka” as the cadres like to say.) A professor in African American Studies (what else?) brought in from Temple University teaches worshipful students that American jails are full of black people because whitey got freaked out by the civil rights movement.

“Policies born of white fear of urban unrest had led to the wholesale criminalization of urban spaces of color.” Never mind fake news. What about fake social science?

The UW’s School for Scandal

“Mass incarceration” is not a one-off. We missed the Sociology/Havens Center’s “After Capitalism?” on September 26.  October 5 featured “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.” (No seminars on the radical Left?) On October 16, the cadres were taught “Resistance in the Age of Trump.” Other seminars taught that “Islamophobia” ran rampant in America, sandwiched among various anti-Israel lectures. So does “Anti-blackness,” which explains the “militarization of policing.”

It’s not just sociology. The UW’s African Cultural Studies taught “the problem of whiteness” in the for-credit “Critical Whiteness Studies,” taught by an expert in hip hop.

Heaven forfend if the university should dare balance their offerings. When the Tommy Thompson Center was proposed, “critics warn[ed] that the center could push a conservative agenda,” the State Journal editorialized. (We discuss that here.)

That’s why speakers like Ben Shapiro get shouted down on campus. “The idea that every black person now is being individually victimized by the United States is not true,” Shapiro says.

No wonder The Capital Times calls for the hecklers’ veto. (“No sifting and winnowing for ‘extremists’”) The Board of Regents’ defense of free speech, the Voice of Progressivism thundered, would “suspend and expel students who dare to protest against the hatred expressed by Nazis, fascists, and defenders of the Confederacy.”

Instead, those students learned they can shout down local government at will, because they know better than the voters. They took sociology.