You want ‘A real conversation about race?’
That’s what Blaska is all about!
You knew it was coming. Ali Muldrow and Ananda Mirilli playing the race card. The two are running for Madison school board as a tag team. Their message is simple — destructive but simple: Madison schools have a racial achievement gap because Bernie Sanders-loving Madison hates black children.
Muldrow & Mirilli peddled their bilious message during a candidate forum Saturday (03-09-19) at Badger Rock middle school. The event was sponsored by the Freedom Inc. Youth Squad — the same outfit coordinating disruption at the Madison Board of Education these last two years. (On October 29 and February 25.) Their top of the page goal is getting rid of Cops in Schools; their bottom line replaces classroom discipline with race shaming. It is this:
Kids aren’t succeeding because … white people.
Catch Ali Muldrow at 1:22:06 remaining in the video (it only records time remaining, at bottom right). Blaska responds at 1:18:45 remaining. The transcription:
“My opponent would like to do all kinds of things to black students: punish them, humiliate them, hurt them, silence them, suspend them, expel them— pretty much anything but teach them. That is theme in Madison: how we blame black children, how we hurt black children, how we get rid of black children, how we do not listen to black children. A lot of people are afraid to have a real conversations about race. We are a society that has always thought black children are unfit for education.”
Muldrow told a story about, when a student herself, a white teacher told her she could not spell. Which Muldrow said proved racism. Then it was Blaska’s turn:
“Ali, I’m sure you can spell, here’s a word for you: ‘hyperbole.’
“This idea that I want black children to fail? How does that help David Blaska? How does that help anyone? I want everyone in town to have a good job, a nice green lawn, kids they can be proud of — healthy, high achievers in sports and academics, that contribute to the community, kids that I would be proud to know. Why would I want anyone to fail? That is such an irresponsible charge.
“What Ali and Ananda are saying is so destructive, so bad because it is why we have a racial achievement gap in the first place. Because your overwhelming message is: ‘son, daughter, you are a victim — a victim and you can’t succeed in this system until we reform it somehow and in some way by electing Ali Muldrow.’
“That kid is going to fail because a victim has no control, no agency, they can’t say ‘we build, we create our own future.’ You’re in middle school — 11, 12, 13 years old. You got your whole life ahead of you. You got something called education and that is the greatest tool of all.
“And yes, if you need a little help, if you got to work a little harder, we will help you. Listen to your teacher, quit making excuses, quit screwing up because no positive behavior coach in the world is going to help you because they have already been thrown under the bus by this school district, by this school board because [of the philosophy] ‘you are a victim and you’re never going to succeed.’
I’m tired of it.”
[Applause and booing]
Let’s get real
Think about it: 60% of black students in Madison are functionally illiterate, scoring below even basic proficiency in reading and writing. Blaska did not eat their homework.
Folks, we can play the blame game all day and all night, 365 days a year. We can blame nebulous concepts like “white privilege” and “implicit bias” but it don’t help little Johnny read. The only thing Muldrow and Mirilli propose (to the extent that they have a positive platform), that one can actually put their arms around, is hiring more black teachers. I say, Go For It! But that notion supposes that there exists vast storehouses of unemployed black educators. There does not.
Instead, Mirilli and Muldrow turn a student’s behavioral outburst at Whitehorse middle school into Jim Crow racism.
Before closing, I want to thank the dozen or more supporters who showed up Saturday afternoon to support Blaska. You kept that room from turning into the typical raucous school board meeting.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Audience members lined up to ask questions of the candidates. Shame on the organizers for trying to bypass a white father of biracial children from asking “why must everything be about race?” in favor of a black woman standing farther back in line who subscribed to the Mirilli-Muldrow agenda. Reverse discrimination is still racism.