At least The Capital Times is not institutionally racist
because they said so!
Enjoyed my visit Friday with the candidate endorsement panel at my old employer, The Capital Times. It was good to see my old boss Dave Zweifel, who appeared hale and hearty at 79 years of age. Also sat before Lynn Danielson (the editorial page editor), Judie Kleinmeier (with whom I briefly worked), and their young education writer, Negassi Tesfamichael.
Enjoyed the visit.
The candidate for Seat #4 on the Madison school board probably asked more questions than did the panel of inquisition. Blaska queried the liberal journalists whether they believed in institutional racism — that is, can an entire institution be intrinsically racist down to its very corpuscles? Absolutely! came the answer.
It is true, to be a liberal, progressive, or socialist in America these days, one must believe that America is soaked in racism, sexism, militarism, capitalism, gerrymandering, tax cutting, opposition to partial-birth abortion, and other maladies fanned by the Orange One in Washington.
Are you now or have you ever been?
I asked if The Capital Times was institutionally racist. Absolutely not! was the indignant reply.
How about the Madison Metropolitan School District? Hmm. Um, dunno. Maybe. Get back to you on that.
Think about it, of its seven members, board president Mary Burke was the Democrat(ic) party’s nominee for governor in 2014. Three of the seven were elected as Progressive Dane, the party that is to the Bernie Sanders-AOC left of even a Dane County Democrat. Then there is the “so-called black man,” as one agitator described vice president James Howard. And latina Gloria Reyes.
Then again, The Capital Times has called for booting school resource officers from Madison’s troubled high schools, even though no parent organization, no school principal, no mainstream civil rights organization, — and certainly not the teachers union — has demanded cops out of school. Just Freedom Inc., Progressive Dane, the International Socialist Organization, and school board candidates Ananda Mirilli and Ali Muldrow.
In any event, Dave Zweifel recalled that the only time the CT endorsed Blaska in seven elections for county board was the only time he lost.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: They wouldn’t dare!