Identity politics may win votes but it is hurting black children

You want ‘A real conversation about race?’

That’s what Blaska is all about!


Muldrow, Mirilli and magic beans

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:

Ali Muldrow:

“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.”

Blaska responds: 

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.

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10 Responses to Identity politics may win votes but it is hurting black children

  1. Dan B. says:

    Hey, you left out the part where you talk about how, to prepare for this campaign and the job, should you be elected, you have spent a lot of time listening to the concerns of black kids, meeting with them and their parents where they live, really trying to understand what their challenges and opportunities are.


    • Sprocket says:

      The implicit assumption here being that black kids and parents have some sort of insight into their lack of success and have simply been waiting around for whitey to listen, be enlightened, and enable the educational magic to happen. This, of course, is not the case and bears a resemblance to white man’s burden on one side, and welfare cargo cultism on the other. In both cases it speaks to a belief in the absence of black agency.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Bob Dorn says:

      Nothing says understanding like sending your own kids to private schools, isn’t that right, Ms Muldrow?

      Liked by 3 people

    • David Blaska says:

      I’ve met with many black parents and done extensive reading. They all say the same thing: parental involvement is key. Absent that, high expectations and a no-excuse philosophy. Really, the same for all kids, doncha think?


    • Larsen E. Whipsnade says:

      That’s like asking a drowning person how to swim.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. madisonexpat says:

    Attaboy David. Rage against the racist machine!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Muldrow is both “Race-Shaming” and asking every Lefty to surrender to Toxic Victimology.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    The Gotch


  4. Ana says:

    Urban Family Talk Radio, which is Black, Christian and conservative often discusses how progressive liberalism sabotages black achievement with its encouragement of victimhood. Lonnie Poindexter writes the following:
    “Author Taleeb Starkes’ stellar book, Black Lies Matter: Why Lies Matter to the Race Grievance Industry, narrates one the best short video clips (view below) I’ve seen on the plight of the black community.
    He lists, from 5 to 1 in importance, the most critical issues affecting black America.
    5. Victim Mentality: “Nothing holds someone back more than seeing himself as a victim,” says Starkes. “Why? Because a victim is not responsible for his situation. Everything is someone else’s fault. And the victim sees little chance of improving his life. How can he get ahead if someone is holding him back? All this makes the victim unhappy, frustrated, and angry. This is how too many blacks see themselves, as victims. So much so that their victim status becomes their primary identity and their ruling ideology. I call it victimology. Unfortunately, many black churches preach this victimology. Many black parents pass it on to their children, inner-city schools teach it to their students, and the black media reinforce it. Meanwhile, the NAACP and other black grievance groups fundraise on it.”
    4. Lack of Diversity: That is, diversity of opinion among blacks. Blacks who have an independent thought and don’t blame whites for their problems are labeled as sell-outs, Uncle Toms, or race traitors.
    3. Urban Terrorism: Starkes talks about the inconvenient statistics regarding the high rate of crime (offenders and victims) among an ethnicity that accounts for approximately 13 percent of the population.
    2. Females as head of the household: What he calls the proliferation of babies’ mommas, which Starkes says contributes to urban terrorism.
    1. Black America’s allegiance to progressive policies.”

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  5. Batman says:

    Glad to know that Muldrow found a private school for her kids that is not rife with prejudiced teachers/admins. heavy with a secret mandate to traumatize black students with the goal to cripple them for life. Almost a miracle in anti-black Madison.

    And because Muldrow miraculously found a school that is not anti-black, her kids will at least have a counter narrative to the hateful bigoted stew she likely feeds them at home.


  6. sahmpaw says:

    In the “Bottom Line” section of your post who are the people you are describing? Were these audience members?


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