Madison opinion leader to Blaska:
“I share some of your concerns.
I don’t think it’s as stark as you seem to think.”
⇒ Previously, “Identity politics is killing Madison.”
Over this Holy Week, privileged Madison begs forgiveness for its implicit — and, until a few years ago, undetected — “disparate impacting.” You — hard-working, lawn-mowing dad and homework-helping mom — are to blame for low test scores, drug use, stolen cars and gun play!
The civil rights marches and anti-war protests of the 1960s have given way to touchy-feely seminars like “White Women Facing Their Racism”— facilitated discussion groups on the model of AA (“My name is Emily. I am a tiki-torching white supremacist.”) Complete with chai and incense. (More here.)
“My husband and I recently completed ‘Justified Anger: Black History for a New Day,’ a 10-week course. … The whiff of smugness about me as a white person from Wisconsin, a state I thought untainted by our slave past, was blown away!” (More here.)
If we don’t judge, a criminal court judge will
Graduates of the Reverend Alexander Gee’s Justified Anger courses are taught not to pass judgment on the gangsta culture. When one of the defendants in the Potter/Carre murders posts “I’m the Nigga yo momma warned you about” — just move along. We don’t need your judgmental white, middle class values.
⇒ 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 town that badly needed some shock therapy. “It doesn’t get much colder.”
Months ago, then-West District Police Capt. Cory Nelson said MPD officers “have arrested many kids who are on bracelets from their last arrest … our officers are arresting [these] kids every chance we get, yet they are many times almost immediately released.” Mike Koval, police chief at the time, reaffirmed this view, as he said the group of juveniles has “effectively demonstrated that they are impervious to juvenile ‘justice’ system(s) that lack sufficient resources to alter outcomes which can only lead to “adult” sanctions in the near future.”
We may never know Khari Sanford’s juvenile justice record — such records are sealed tighter than Dracula’s crypt. But Last April, Sanford was charged with felony auto theft. That was reduced to a misdemeanor and Sanford was admitted into a deferred prosecution program — which is now (be thankful for small favors) — revoked.
Blaska Policy Werkes is unable to find local, year-to-year criminal offenses committed by juveniles. (Need your help, readers.) But one indicator: Madison public schools closed their doors to coronavirus on March 15. For all of the month, Madison police recorded 53 stolen vehicles — up from 30 in March 2019, almost exclusively by young people. For the first three months of the year, there were 152 stolen vehicles, up from 116 in the first three months of 2019.
Guns, dope, stolen cars & reckless driving
This past week alone:
• Shortly before 9 o’clock Thursday night 04-09-2020, a car full of kids is racing down the East Washington Avenue without headlights! Car eludes the first sheriff’s deputy before another picks up the trail. Spike strips are set up near American Parkway, normal traffic is detoured, dogs are unleashed, and the kids — three of them — are finally subdued. Loot from several burglaries and illegal narcotics laying in plain sight in the car. “This incident remains under investigation, as the related crime spree spans several jurisdictions,” the Sheriff Dept. says.
• That afternoon, police chased four to five teenagers through back yards after the kids picked clean a parked car on Hammersley Road. Caught one, age 12. (More here.)
• That morning, separate incident, three teenagers crashed a stolen vehicle into an unmarked police car on Atwood Ave. at Walter Street. Handgun and seven automotive key fobs recovered. (More here.)
• Same morning, two 16-year-old and one 17-year-old boy caught rummaging through vehicles on the west side before police stopped their stolen car.
• Tuesday mid-afternoon (04-07-2020) cops recovered a dozen shell casings at S. Park St. and W. Olin Ave. Cars of two uninvolved, innocent motorists hit by gunfire. (Read & Weep.)
• Earlier THAT morning — in mid-morning! — Jeep stolen out of a residence on Keswick Drive racing at 100 mph on the Beltline. Police still looking.
⇒ Madison schools get a do-over; a chance to select a new superintendent. Can we get someone who will expect achievement, demand personal accountability, and quit playing the race card?
Fondly do we hope and fervently do we pray, someone in charge of this liberal freak show will utter the ultimate blasphemy: the same old same old, same old ain’t workin’. Maybe the next Madison school board member. Maybe some of the so-called “community leaders” of color. A gaggle of renegade alders. Madison’s all-Democrat legislative delegation. That guy on TV-3. Perhaps the chamber of commerce. Perchance to dream, the Wisconsin State Journal?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Anyone home? Not in Madison. No, this town left the keys in the car, unlocked, with a full tank of gas. Premium.