Another in an unending series:
How Madison progressives think
The Policy Werkes presents for your edification this on-line, social-media colloquy between an alarmed citizen and your garden-variety, lily white, Madison WI social-justice scold.
Ralph, of the Nakoma neighborhood:
Don’t think it cannot happen in your neighborhood and someone will not get injured or killed. Yesterday afternoon [Sunday 02-23-2020] at approximately 2:30 pm I was returning home on Manitou Way getting to turn onto Mandan Crescent when a white Taurus comes crashing through the T intersection out of control at high speed, barely missing my car. The car buries itself into the snow bank and the fence along the golf course. Five teens jump out of the auto and take off running then slowly walking — two girls, three boys, approximately age 15.
Then a black newer model SUV (looks like a Toyota Highlander) pulls up behind them, looks at me and takes off leaving the kids. The driver then comes back to the car and tries to drive it away but it is embedded in the snow bank and into the fence. They all start walking north on Manitou [talking] on their phones and suddenly the black SUV pulls up again turns into a driveway, kids jump in and takes off towards Nakoma Road.
Called police who were over to my house in about 15 mins. Gave description and a photo I took of the kids: 2 Females and 3 Males, black, about 15 years old. When we left for church later the tow truck was pulling the car out of the ditch and onto the flatbed, the front end crushed. A young Hispanic couple was watching and she had tears in her eyes. I assume it was their auto. Police assume the Black SUV was also stolen.
Just always be alert people for your own safety. I have reported this information to the police.
Cynthia, of the Sunset Village neighborhood:
I’m happy you were not hurt. Truly.
That said Ralph, I am troubled by your assumption this was a “joy ride” in a stolen car. Was that confirmed?
Why was it necessary to mention the teens are black and the onlooking couple, “Hispanic?”
Adults drive like idiots too. I wouldn’t think it’s safe to assume every wild driver is a teenager in a stolen vehicle.
If we are going to pride ourselves in being a progressive community, let’s please live that every day in spoken and written word as well as through our actions.
Ralph of Nakoma
I gave the description of what I saw to the police dispatch they asked the questions not me. They inferred the MO was a typical joyride. The first question was, is anyone hurt? They also said the description fits other witnesses of similar car theft joy rides and that it fits what people saw: 5 black teens; 2 girls 3 males. Let me tell you that if someone at high speed almost crashes into your car and takes you out you give the police the info they want and no time for political correctness. I had nightmares about this last night so who is the insensitive one?
Cynthia of Sunset Village:
I’m not looking for an argument here. I’m simply pointing out an opportunity to educate. Were the teens carded? How do you KNOW they weren’t of legal driving age? Did you speak to them? People run all the time when they’re scared. Especially black teens who rarely seem to be given the benefit of the doubt. And maybe they were joy riding. Who knows.
That said, none of what you wrote addressed my questions about the need to mention people’s presumed race. Also, taking shots at our Mayor? Are you willing to pay more in taxes? If no, then expect a balancing of services. It’s ignorant and I hope for more from my neighbors every day in the community where I was raised and returned to raise my child.
Blaska, of the Policy Werkes:
Race-shaming Cynthia of Sunset Village is (politically) correct. Don’t be blaming Saint Satya for kids stealing and wrecking cars.
When the proud Progressive mayor gets her rapid bus transit thing going, thanks to the new wheel tax, these five teenagers won’t need to steal cars to go joy riding. They could steal rapid buses. Of course, we don’t know they stole the car. They may just have got tired of driving it and went shopping at Zimbrick European for a car that wouldn’t get stuck in snowbanks. Nor can we be certain they were joy riding. They may have been enrolled in the Madison schools’ new restorative driver’s ed program.
Just be glad, Cynthia, that your child was not on the street when this white Taurus came crashing through the intersection where you returned to raise your children. Kids run all the time when they’re scared of being hit by a car careening out of control.