Madison opinion leader to Blaska:
“I share some of your concerns.
I don’t think it’s as stark as you seem to think.”
Well, we do! It’s mid-April and everything is shut down for the coronavirus pandemic, including Madison WI’s public schools. Over 27,000 students are at loose ends. Too many of those kids come from homes with little supervision and poor role models. For the last month, those kids have been free to roam without even the usual organized group activities conducted over the summer break.
⇒ The execution-style murder of a dedicated physician and her respected community activist husband allegedly committed by two West high school students has shocked a smug, progressive community that badly needed some shock therapy. “It doesn’t get much colder.”
Minority kid from Allied Drive given every opportunity, a starring role on the high school football team, shacking up with his girlfriend in her adoptive parents’ $600,000 home in University Heights, keys to their car, internship at City Hall, photo op with the mayor, plotting crime in high school ceramics class!
Yet, yet, yet … the young man spattered his social media page with Hate the Police rhetoric so resonant with the revolutionary rhetoric of Derail the Jail and Cops Out of Schools. His smartphone selfie pointing the powerful Glock handgun at a Madison that tried to live Bernie Sanders’ social and racial justice.
Whom are we to judge? “woke” identity-politics progressives like to ask.
By that reasoning, the hard-working doctor and her community-minded husband had it coming because boy were they ever white privileged — never mind that medical school and the practice itself demands incredible discipline and self-sacrifice. What a concept!
Khari Sanford, age 18, still in high school, wanted more — more money and his honey, who was the dead couple’s adopted daughter (if the criminal complaint is correct). Forces those liberal parents out of bed in what is believed to be a burglary that turned into kidnapping and ended in double homicide. In their skivvies. A bullet administered close-range to each behind the ear in the dark night of the lonely woods of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. (It is alleged in the criminal complaint.)
⇒ Were they forced to their knees? Did they beg? Promise to do better?
Young Khari was going to go into politics, says his excuse-making mother who, pathetically (and instructionally), set up a GoFundMe page to raise the $1 million that would bail number one son (first of six) before her site was shut down for violating site standards. (Momma, wanted on a bench warrant for avoiding court on two counts of battery, played the Sirhan Sirhan gambit: the dead doctor and her husband — now muted for all eternity — would WANT her boy set free.)
Young Sanford learned his politics in Madison! From Progressives! The city-funded social outreach program called “The Brotherhood” organized team sports AND social justice training. Your school board contracts with Brandi Grayson, leader of the local Black Lives Matter affiliate, to organize black student unions. Khari Sanford was vice president of the West high school Black Student Union. Well done, social justice warriors!
“Before The Brotherhood [financed by the City of Madison] police were ticketing neighborhood boys for what Katy Farrens calls ‘being kids.’ Asked why he started participating in Brotherhood, Khari Sanford, who will be a high school junior next year, said ‘It’s a way to stay out of trouble.’ ” — The Capital Times in 2018.
A citizen witness … told [investigators] that on March 31, Khari had stopped by his house and appeared somewhat excited and frantic. [Witness] describes Khari as pacing around the room and sweating. [Witness] reports that Khari Sanford made a phone call to [co-defendant Alijah] Larrue that he could overhear … that Khari Sanford said, “I swear I hit them! How did they survive?” and was excessively sweating. — Criminal felony complaint.
For years now, including my unsuccessful campaign for school board last year (Blaska got 30.1% of the vote), we’ve been ringing Mr. Jefferson’s firebell in the night. Madison schools, the city — indeed, the nation’s dominant culture — teach victimhood, not personal responsibility. People who try to lead a good life are nonetheless “implicitly biased” unless they sign on to the progressive social/racial-justice agenda.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We’ve been saying the culture of victimhood would get someone killed. Well now, someone has.