It’s been a ‘privilege,’ Jen
We understand creative destruction here at the Policy Werkes. It is why we have Netflix instead of Blockbuster.
But “creative” does not describe the destruction Jennifer Cheatham has wrought on Madison’s public schools.
Even Capital Times editor Paul Fanlund (a suspected white man) notices that Kaleem Caire — “as steadfast an advocate for black children as anyone in town” — gets chewed up and spit out for rebuking foul-mouthed students disrespecting their teachers. (“Kaleem Caire gets mau-maued.”)
Kids F-bombing their teachers?! Did you ever?!
After a brief detour into reality, Fanlund dismisses “the just-get-tough chorus prescribing an old-school crackdown on discipline.” (Cough.) Better “old school” than chaos school, Paul.
No, The Capital Times has too much invested in the Tried and Untrue Gospel of Identity Politics to recant now. So Fanlund goes to work providing superintendent Cheatham some much-needed cover. His piece is headlined: “Unfazed by critics, Jennifer Cheatham sees schools at an ‘inflection point’”
All along, Cheatham said, she knew creating something new in Madison would have a cost: “As a white female, I know that it has been my obligation to use my white privilege — and sometimes burn down the capital that I have built up — so that I can make change for people who don’t have the privilege that I have, and if that means getting a crummy article written about me, if that means social media chatter that, quite honestly, I don’t look at, then so be it.
“Then so be it”? Mighty white of you, Jen. No need to worry about a crummy article from The Capital Times. Only reason Madison gave you your $250,000-a-year job was because you identify as a white female. Right?
F-bomb identity politics!
Now for a palate cleanser, let’s turn to a longtime national Democrat(ic) activist, a certain Mr. Ted Van Dyk, who offers these suggestions for “How Democrats Can Avoid Losing.” For fair usage, we’ll reprint just one of his points in its entirety.
Reject identity politics. A proud Democratic history of pursuing equality of opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, sex, religion, sexual orientation or other irrelevance has given way to an identity politics based on victimhood, ugly accusations such as “white privilege” and “toxic masculinity,” and dramatic but empty symbolism, such as destroying Confederate monuments and demanding reparations for slavery. Democrats should instead concentrate on the plight of black Americans in inner cities plagued by high crime, violence, incarceration, school-dropout and unemployment rates. They should propose measures to restore family structure and provide fair and effective policing and job and skills training.
Van Dyk’s other suggestions:
- Don’t pursue impeachment.
- Abandon the Green New Deal.
- Stop promising free stuff.
- Respect the other side on abortion
- Make tax policy fair
- Embrace immigration reform
- Moderate Medicare for All.
Blaska’/s Bottom Line: Except for the last point, that’s pretty much the Republican platform.
For Extra Credit: White women can now attend dinners where they will be shamed for racism. Inquiring minds want to know: Will there be chardonnay? (a white wine.)