Stu Levitan, you’re making me cry

When the WI State Journal’s remarkable cartoonist, Phil Hands, draws the prototypical Madison liberal, it sure looks like Stu Levitan.

Which is only fair because Stu IS the prototypical Madison liberal. A reliable Democrat, progressive propagandist, city government insider, and occasional candidate. He’s also abrasive, caustic and irascible. He makes Paul Soglin look like a warm puppy, which is why I like old Stu. I really do.

But he is such a blockhead!

Stu LevitanStu is all in a dither because I wrote that Jennifer Cheatham “broke down in tears” at the March 30 Downtown Madison Rotary.  Stu insists, over at the BlaskaforSaferSchools Facebook page (come on over!), that “She did not ‘break down in tears.’ She got emotional and took a few seconds to compose herself.”

This issue has been weighing on Stu because 15 hours later he revisits the subject: “You ever going to acknowledge you misrepresented the facts about whether Cheatham “broke down in tears”?

Stu, the woman cried. Did she sob? No. She broke down in tears, albeit briefly. O.K.? As I wrote at the time, “Jen Cheatham broke down a little bit, as she warned her audience she would.” Part of her act included screening  cloying pictures of little Jennifer Can-Do (thanks to “white privilege”). But nice attempt at sidetracking the real issue, Stu.  

I wrote that:

Jen told how her Chicago-born father “came from nothing.” How her parents instilled in her a love for reading, how she drove 2,000 miles cross country to take her first teaching job in the racially mixed East Bay area of California. Inspiring stuff, and I can believe Jen Cheatham was a wonderful teacher. She is a great speaker, with a sprinkling of humor.

Then she spoiled it. Supt. Cheatham attributed her success to “white privilege.” Not “hard work” or “perseverance”? Not grit and determination? Did her working class parents pay off an admissions coach to get her into college? No. Then why the guilt?

Stu, it’s up to you

Are you ever going to acknowledge that Madison’s superintendent of schools blamed her success on white privilege? (Read those words again: the superintendent of schools BLAMED HER SUCCESS …!)

  • Are you ever going to acknowledge how destructive that message is?
  • That she is telling black kids, in so many words, she’s got white privilege and you ain’t. So there’s your built-in excuse for failure. You can Blame Someone Else.
  • You didn’t do your homework because … white privilege. You’re trashing Lakeview Library because … white privilege. 60% functionally illiterate because …?
  • You don’t want four minority-race cops in our troubled high schools because … white privilege.

Stu Levitan, do you even get the point? Isn’t this whole identity politics, institutional racism thing THE issue in this school board election? That all this to-do about race is hurting, not helping? While we’re at it, I received this e-mail from an educator whose name I am sworn to protect:

“One thing I encourage all parent to do,
is to go shadow their child for one day.
They will learn a lot.”

Isn’t that a bit more important than whether Jen Cheatham turned on the waterworks at Rotary full-bore or just a trickle?

Stop being a blockhead, Stu Levitan. But maybe you can blame it on your white privilege.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Stu, I don’t see your name on my campaign donors list.

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10 Responses to Stu Levitan, you’re making me cry

  1. Gordy Sussman says:

    Never Attempt To Teach a Pig To Sing; It Wastes Your Time and Annoys the Pig – Robert Heinlein But Stu (as historian) is a community treasure, so we’ll love him anyway. Political blockhead nonwithstanding.

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  2. AnonyBob says:

    I have no problem believing you really like Stu, because he’s your Opposite Universe Doppelgänger. Many would describe you, Dave, as:
    “…Dave IS the prototypical Madison conservative. A reliable Republican, conservative propagandist, city government insider, and occasional candidate. He’s also abrasive, caustic and irascible. He makes Paul Soglin look like a warm puppy, which is why I like old Dave, I really do.”
    Ironic, no? LOL!


  3. Batman says:

    I recently asked my friend’s little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, progressive Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, If you were President, what would be the first thing you would do?

    She replied, I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.
    Her parents beamed with pride.

    Wow…what a worthy goal. I told her. But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I will pay you $50. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.

    She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?

    I said, Now you are thinking like a conservative.


  4. Jon Burack says:

    HI, Stu. If you are reading this. Remember me – from the good old Press Connection days. Sam Day. All that jazz. Some of us moved on from that. You still have time to think it over. Vote Blaska!


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