But who will pay for the broken windows?
The City of Madison would pay reparations for past racial sins if an alder’s proposal — in the very early stages — gains traction.
“The reality is Madison is the capital city of the most racist state in the nation,” Ald. Tag Evers writes in a blog to his Vilas/Monroe Street constituency.
“It’s time to make amends … If our emphasis is merely on repairing the damage caused by the riots as opposed to the reasons behind the riots, we will have failed. I am working with fellow alders on a resolution to commit our City to a reparations policy.”
Ald. Evers (Progressive Dane) did not specify any dollar amount or specify whether reparations would be limited to people with slave ancestry or be based on skin color, alone. Evers said Evanston Illinois is preparing to finance reparations using tax revenue from the sales of recreational cannabis, which has not been legalized in Wisconsin. Reparations, in that city’s words, would combat “historical racism and discrimination.”
Evers cited the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) which, in addition to reparations, wants free college, retroactive forgiveness of student loans, guaranteed minimum livable income “for all Black people.”
The M4BL website declares “We are anti-capitalist. Prisons, police and all other institutions that inflict violence on Black people must be abolished.”
No first aid kits?
Ald. Max Prestigiacomo (Progressive Dane) is introducing legislation to prohibit police uses of tear gas, mace, pepper mace, pepper gas “or projectile devices as crowd control measures.”
The alder, who represents a UW campus district, would also prohibit Madison police from obtaining surplus military equipment, which his proposed ordinance specifies as including “night vision equipment, rifles, flashlights, respirator masks and first aid kits.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: At some point, the Dane County Democrat(ic) party will take a stand against Progressive Dane or wear their tire tracks.