Those who teach racial bias practice racial bias

It just keeps getting crazier, the idiocies of  identity politics and its attendant race-shaming and victim mongering. 

  • Who knew there was a “disparate impact” in filing nomination papers to get on the ballot in a city election?
  • Who knew the Madison city clerk’s office is choking on hitherto-undetected implicit bias?
  • Leave it to a professional race hustler to call out The Peoples’ Republic for its white privilege. 

5c2e35fd2ff7e.image“I am being told I can’t run for mayor,” Toriana Pettaway complained this week. “Always some White Supremacy BS.”

Ms. Pettaway’s evocation of long-ago Klan night riders was in response to the city clerk’s determination that she had filed 199 valid signatures to get on the ballot as a candidate for mayor when 200 are required. 

That Ms. Pettaway cannot see her own hideous racism is so very Madison these days. The lady is saying, very emphatically, that a black person cannot be expected to count to 200. Ms. Pettaway argues for lower standards — separate but unequal — by complaining that she, as black woman, is forced to collect signatures from actual residents of the City of Madison if one desires to be the mayor of the City of Madison.

Surely, this requirement is the equivalent of George Corley Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door vowing “Segregation Now, Segregation Forever.” A subtle Jim Crow law that, somehow, Mo Cheeks and Raj Shukla were able to overcome.

Ms. Pettaway teaches implicit bias

Most disturbing is that Toriana Pettaway is the city’s racial equity coordinator. The WHAT? Your Squire yields the lectern to Greg Humphrey, a good liberal Democrat, at Caffeinated Politics:

Toriana Pettaway is not only a would-be mayoral candidate but also is currently Madison’s racial equity coordinator.  If her ill-considered words when running afoul of clearly laid out criteria for nomination papers is any indicator of her tone and skill set, then I have to ask what animus she brings to her job?  If she can treat the nomination paper process in such a cavalier manner how does she navigate the work that comes across her desk? 

Got implicit bias?

Of course, Ms. Pettaway teaches a course in “implicit bias.” Yeah, you’re a racist but you just don’t know it. You pass her course if you admit your guilt. Confess, Klansman!

But then, so do Alex Gee and his Nehemiah Center. “Some 650 mostly white Madisonians have gone through the class and learned how to recognize racism on a personal level,” Gee brags.

One of his graduates — twice! — is a Don Thornton. See a group of black kids poking at your parked car? Don’t call the police, he advises readers of the Wisconsin State Journal.  Just turn on a light. Thornton does not say whether calling the cops is permitted if the incipient car thieves are white. Or if flooding the crime scene with light isn’t itself a bit judgmental.

Then again, mowing your lawn is a sign of latent white supremacy, a University of Wisconsin teaching assistant lectures.

Making the numbers work

Which explains right-thinking progressives’ antipathy for keeping police in our troubled high schools. People like school board candidate Ali Muldrow, who wrote the Progressive Dane platform demanding cops out of school.

“There is overwhelming evidence that Obama-era policies … pushed schools to avoid disciplining students who needed to be disciplined. It made avoiding politically incorrect numbers more important than maintaining school safety. (Source here.)

“Put another way,” the Wall Street Journal wrote, “the administration was demanding racial parity in school discipline, regardless of who was being disruptive, which is as silly as demanding racial parity in police arrests, regardless of who’s committing crimes.”

The bigger problem with these anti-suspension crusades is that they ultimately harm the groups they are supposed to help. After New York City made it more difficult to remove troublemakers from the classroom, schools with the highest percentages of minority students were more likely to experience an increase in fighting, gang activity and drug use.

ISO No Cops Pride march

Fewer school suspensions, more chaos

Which is why Madison schools’ 82-page Behavior Education Plan was always about making the numbers work. After four years of the inscrutable BEP and dollar cost of $15 million, Madison’s public school classrooms are more unruly than ever. 

  • Out-of-school suspensions dropped from 2,905 in 2013-14 to 2,521 last school year. 
  • Meanwhile, “Behavior incidents” nearly doubled from 35,460 in the 2013-14 school year — the year before the BEP went into effect — to 69,279 in 2017-18. 

Ya’ think there might be a correlation? Fewer suspensions, more chaos?

Thank Baby Jesus for the Chicago Tribune editorial carried by the WI State Journal this Saturday (01-05-19):

What’s easy to forget in the focus on those who are disciplined is the effect of their conduct on everyone else. In schools that are mostly black, the victims of students who engage in violent or disruptive behavior also are mostly black. When disruptive students of any ethnicity are removed from the classroom, teachers are better able to help kids who want to learn.

By rescinding the old guidance, the Trump administration will empower local school administrators and teachers to craft and enforce discipline policies that are fair to every student. A safe school, after all, should be considered a civil right.

But the New York Times — wedded to identity politics like the Bride of Frankenstein — maintains the “law of disparate impact isn’t broken.”

Maybe not, but it keeps up, it will break America.

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17 Responses to Those who teach racial bias practice racial bias

  1. Batman says:

    Course Description, Recommended for: All Employees and City Partners
    Presented by: Melissa Gombar and Toriana Pettaway

    “Everyone has biases and preferences that help us operate in the world. Implicit bias allows us to cognitively process complex information and assists us in many ways. How does that impact the way in which we see others and interact with people different from ourselves? How can we assure that we are honoring the brilliant complexity of our psychology AND CHALLENGING WHERE NEGATIVE IMPLICIT BIASES MAY BE TAKING ROOT? MOST IMPORTANTLY, HOW DO WE MAKE CHANGE IN OURSELVES and how can WE CHALLENG OTHERS TO CHANGE when implicit bias may be stereotypical or negative?” (caps mine)

    Before challenging others, Ms. Pettaway is overdue for some honest introspection because she appears unaware of her own implicit bias as evidence by a lack of embarrassment playing the race card as an excuse for her shortcoming.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Dave, you should offer a prize to anyone who can count the logical fallacies in the above description–beginning with unfounded (and self-serving) assumptions. And then there’s the tone: pious, prissy, self-righteous, arrogant–in short, tailor-made for her target audience of pious, prissy, self-righteous, arrogant Madison liberals.

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      • Batman says:

        From the course description:
        “Implicit bias ALLOWS US to cognitively process complex information” (caps mine)

        Gee willikers, I believe the cerebral cortex has a itsy bitsy bigger role in that than implicit bias which has no role at all.


  2. Citizen Dave's Remington 700 says:

    Counting to 200 = “Always some White Supremacy BS.” . . .

    One is reminded of James Watson’s truth bomb: “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really”



    • Batman says:

      Citizen Dave’s Remington 700,
      What James Watson “truth bomb”?
      Your linked article reports Watson’s unsupported opinion, as in, his truth not the truth.

      For example, ” ‘all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really’ “. He said there was a natural desire that all human beings should be equal but ” ‘PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO DEAL WITH BLACK EMPLOYEES FIND THIS NOT TRUE.’ ” (caps mine)

      Hardly scientific evidence, and why did you omit the rest of the quote?

      Is it because you Mr. Remington, believe black people are intrinsically less intelligent and (barely) camouflage your prejudice behind a Dr. James Watson article from 2007.

      More from Watson in same article:

      In 1997, he told a British newspaper that a woman should have the right to abort her unborn child if tests could determine it would be homosexual. He later insisted he was talking about a “hypothetical” choice which could never be applied. He has also suggested a link between skin colour and sex drive, positing the theory that black people have higher libidos, and argued in favour of genetic screening and engineering on the basis that “stupidity” could one day be cured. He has claimed that beauty could be genetically manufactured, saying: “People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would great.”


  3. westsidesue says:

    Bats in the belfry, loony tunes abound, letting culprits get away, Madison will go down.
    It’s every(bloody)where! Classrooms, government…NO ESCAPE from this insanity…even moving away won’t solve that one. Buckle up babies…we are in for a VERY ROUGH RIDE.


  4. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Kudos to Greg Humphrey for cutting Pettaway the NEW ONE she so richly deserves.

    Know what else she richly deserves? To get fired for cause!

    And no White Lefty Guilt-suffocated LaLaLoopyLoonyLeftyLand regulars stepping up in her defense?

    I’m shocked; SHOCKED!

    The Gotch


  5. Batman says:

    The real tragedy here is, she coulda been a contenda.
    Very sad…


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:


      “she coulda been a contenda.”

      She still is; for lamest excuse for being an idiotic incompetent imbecile EVAH!!!

      The Gotch


  6. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Pettaway’s Blame Game has been expanded to, but not limited to, include the City Clerk’s office.

    Highfreakin’larously it’s the fault of the City Clerk that she’s STUPID.

    Personally, I’d LUV to see her on the ballot so her laughable final tallies would show publicly just what people think of her; that she’s a race-hustling, talentless, incompetent that would’ve never been hired without Affirmative Action running interference.

    Pettaway: “These people [at the clerk’s office] just go about their privileged lives and are like, ‘Whatever.’ It’s not acceptable. I should be on the ballot.”

    These people?” “Privileged lives?” Oy gevalt!

    Monumental stupidity bolstered by supremely unfounded arrogance and a staggeringly clueless sense of entitlement; is that what constitutes mayoral mettle for Madison?

    The Gotch


    • madisonexpat says:

      Now ask yourself why Madison feels the need to import and employ these fools.


      • Gary l. Kriewald says:

        For the same reason it spends $400,00 on a bogus critique of the MPD–so the liberal elites in charge of this town can feel a little better about themselves (a never-ending project).


      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        AdamC comments to the caffeinatedpolitics article reference above:

        “When is she going to retract and correct her racist finger-pointing, apologize, and take ownership for her mistakes?”

        I suspect no time soon; matter-a-fact, she triples down in an Isthmus article.

        Toriana Pettaway Blames City Clerk’s Office For Being Kept Off The Mayoral Ballot>/b>

        Everyone’s fault but hers that she can neither spell, form marginally coherent sentences, understand when and when not to capitalize letters, nor add.

        Her Destiny to be Mayor??? Gimmee a freakin’ break!

        The everluvin’ kicker is that class she teaches on Implicit Bias being “recommended” for ALL City employees and partners. “Recommended” in the same sense that: “It’d be a shame what might happen to you’s career prospects if you’s DON’T take that class!”

        Wondering who pays for that, or for her bloated salary/benefit package? Conjure up that warm fuzzy feeling you’s had ~ 2 weeks ago when you’s scratched out that HUGE check to the City of Madison Treasurer.

        I myself anxiously await which Lefties come to her defense, ala Don Corleone to son Michael:

        Now listen — whoever comes to you with this Barzini meeting — he’s the traitor.

        The Gotch


        • Gary L. Kriewald says:

          Regarding that check to the City of Madison Treasurer: You’re forgetting the perverse attraction for taxation that animates Madison liberals. Years ago during the local intifada that greeted Walker’s Act 10 initiative, I spotted a sign held aloft (no doubt by a Madison liberal from central casting) that read “I Love Taxes.” Now with Tony (“Mr. Charisma”) Evers at the helm of the good ship Wisconsin, that sentiment will be enthusiastically indulged.


  7. White Hills says:

    Houston, we have a problematic.


  8. madisonexpat says:

    Race Hustlers are well paid in Madison. Expect more.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      “Race Hustlers are well paid in Madison.”

      Ya think?

      From the City of Madison website, in 2015 a Racial Equity Coordinator would be paid between $70 & $84K. That PLUS generous GUBMINT benefit package would put it in 6 figure territory.

      You’s can’t put a price on the amount of White Lefty Guilt siphoned off.

      Anywho, there should be an investigation into racial bias in the adjudication of cases that have crossed Pettaway’s desk; no one is that blatantly RACIST in words alone.

      She obviously thinks she’s untouchable because of terminally gutless Local Lefties. To date: no reprimand, no public admonishment, no NOTHING.

      Regrettably, she may be right.

      Had Blaska complained about the School Board meetings being violently interrupted by POS thugs as Always some Black Lives Matter BS, he’d have been drawn-n-quartered, hanged, & then shot.

      The Gotch


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