Another skirmish in the War on Police
Forget it, Jake. It’s
Four years ago, an ink-stained wretch named Blaska wrote:
“Madison created a Young & Foolish monster
and is now afraid to destroy it.”
“Young and foolish” was our considered judgement of an organization calling itself “Young, Gifted and Black.” This aggregation of grievance peddlers was busy closing down major transportation thoroughfares around town — during rush hour — to “protest” the police shooting of an hallucinating black man, Tony Robinson Jr., who had been attacking complete strangers at random and, an independent investigation concluded, attacked the police officer.
Among YGB’s “demands” was the immediate release of an arbitrary number of jail inmates (350 as it happened) so long as the color of their skin was darker than white. YGB was a charter member of the Derail the Jail movement, which attempted to thwart the building of a more humane (and smaller) jail — incongruous as that has always seemed. It joined with Freedom Inc. and Brenda Konkel’s Progressive Dane to demand Cops Out of Schools (under the theory that black police officers are no less racist than a Mississippi sheriff and are just lookin’ to round up uppity negroes to fill the local hoosegow).
YGB was led by a particularly skillful user of the bullhorn and the race card, one Brandi Grayson.
Throwing rose petals in her path
For all this, Madison’s most righteous thank you, Ms. Grayson. The terribly “woke” are in your debt. Tonight (08-06-19) at the Madison Common Council meeting, the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission is poised to bestow Ms. Grayson its 2019 Rev. James C. Wright Human Rights Award.
“The award is given to an individual who best exemplifies the Rev. Wright’s dedication and compassion for civil and human rights and conducts their daily life consistent with these values.”
Here’s how Ms. Grayson live her daily life consistent with those values:
What? In the 24 years this thing has been handed out they couldn’t spare one for Kaleem Caire? Instead, this City of Madison commission awards a sworn enemy of Madison police? From YGB’s own press release, April 14, 2015:
“Violent Police Arrest Peaceful Protestors”
Between 6:30 and 7:30 pm on Tuesday April 14th, Madison Police officers at the intersection of East Washington and 4th Street arrested more than ten peaceful protestors. Roughly 35 people, mostly youth remained in the intersection after a day-long protest, for which residents shut down East Washington for several hours to demand justice for Tony Robinson and as a part of a national action against police violence and mass incarceration.
… Officers arrested three people initially, … Two adults, Adeyemi Balogun and Brandi Grayson attempted to protect the youth from the police. “They grabbed Brandi and dragged her, so I grabbed her,” reported Balogun. …. Community members are outraged but unsurprised by this gross display of state power by MPD. “This is a clear example of the state violence ….
Agitation propaganda straight out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Commit an illegal act, resist arrest, then cry police brutality. (“Violent police.” Sheesh!) How about road-blocking an ambulance on call like you did on John Nolen Drive, Brandi?
Well done, good and noble …
No doubt, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway will lead the alders in a standing ovation tonight to honor the woman who threatened that body with burning and rioting to rival Ferguson, Missouri. The clapping will be loud, sustained, and heartfelt. Various alders will signal their virtue by intoning noble sentiments into the official record of the proceedings. The most white-privileged may rend their garments as did the prophets of the Old Testament.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We’ll be watching the proceedings to ascertain who is brave and principled enough to not stand or applaud. Taking a knee — Colin Kaepernick style — would be appropriate. Is Blaska cranky enough to show up just to be a BOO! bird?
For Extra Credit: “Brandi Grayson will determine your degree of racism.”