A never-ending search for root causes
Can’t we blame Scott Walker?
Madison Wi does not need A.O.C., Bernie, or Elizabeth Sanders to calibrate the breakdown of the civic public square in America. We’ve got Mayor Satya Conway-Rhodes and Jennifer Cheatham, superintendent of schools.
The WI State Journal led off Sunday’s edition (06-23-19) with the fouling of upper State Street, Madison’s not-so-great street.
‘Worse than it’s ever been:
Bad behavior continues to dog top of State Street’
Call it San Francisco-lite, with defecation the end-product (if you’ll pardon) as the result of 40 years of social welfare spending and the ACLU- Progressive project to geld law enforcement.
I’m still that starry-eyed kid who wants to put on a play in the barn with Mickey and Judy, directed by Frank Capra. I’d like to save the kids before they become street bums and their predators.
Which is why the simple folk at the Blaska Work Farm (and Penal Colony) are sickened by our city’s kowtowing to the forces of destruction. We are talking about Freedom Inc. and its allies in the Democrat(ic)/socialist identity politics movement.
Stockholm Syndrome, anyone?
The WI State Journal’s Chris Rickert took a swing at it in his Sunday piece:
‘Freedom Inc. — in-your-face racial justice’
Madison School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said in a statement that, as the district has considered the role of SROs: “Freedom Inc. has pushed to ensure that the voices of youth of color are a powerful part of that discussion and decision-making process.”
In a statement, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway called Freedom Inc. co-executive director M Adams a “nationally recognized expert on the intersection between race, gender and LGBTQ issues. I appreciate her role as a thought leader in our community.”
Thank you, thought leader. May I have another?
Which is rich because on Tuesday, July 2, social justice warrior led by Freedom Inc. will do its best to disrupt a lawful meeting of the democratically elected Madison Common Council. Alders will be voting on a contract to continue policing Madison’s four troubled high schools.
The vote is no slam dunk; after a narrow 4-3 vote on the school board to continue protecting students the vote on the council could well go the other way. Blame the Scott Walker administration and the Republican legislature.
Your tax dollars at work
Freedom Inc. received $542,040 from the WI Department of Children and Family Services for “domestic violence and victim services for black and Southeast Asian populations.” Where is the Legislative Audit Bureau when you need them?
Worse, Brad Schimel’s Department of Justice showered $670,237 on the group over 15 months.
From 2014 through the first quarter of this year, the city of Madison has provided the group with $64,334 for programs for Hmong girls and women and black girls aimed at improving self perceptions, building leadership skills, “raising awareness about the challenges within their communities” and encouraging “action to address barriers to success.”
Good work, Chris Rickert!
Leaders of Freedom Inc. declined to speak with the Wisconsin State Journal or allow a reporter to observe the group’s social services work, making it difficult to describe the group’s current activities beyond protesting at public meetings.
Among the programs listed on its website are an anti-violence Black Girls Matter program and the Lotus Youth Group, a program for Cambodian youth that “helps educate and build healthy relationships with families and communities through dance and cultural arts.”
The dance of the heckler’s veto
This part did not make it in the print version today but is accessible on-line:
TJ Mertz, who lost his School Board re-election bid and served on the committee that recommended changes to the district’s contract for the SROs, noted the dispute is over four police officers for 7,000 high school students.
“To me, none of this is so odious that it requires shutting meetings down,” he said, referring to both the SRO program and the committee’s and board’s work to consider it.
As for the group’s behavior at public meetings, the School Board, as an elected body, is “fair game,” he said, but members of the committee that studied SROs “deserved to be treated better,” and the group’s tactics have been employed to deny some people, such as local conservative activist David Blaska, a key American right — the right to petition one’s government.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Is there a bottom line? No, sez I. We will have to go lower still.