… and fired from your job.
Two young black women are painting a Black Lives Matter mural on a boarded-up window on E. Wilson Street Sunday afternoon. White man driving an SUV stops to complain that the mural is, itself, racist, anti-white. He threatens to paint over the mural. He questions whether the two had permission to paint. And he probably got carried away a little too far.
“I don’t want to see your (expletive) everyday,” and tells the artists, “You don’t live here. That’s obvious.”
A witness told police “the man was not making threats” but was “harassing artists.”
Please paint a mural on my boarded-up window!
The four young people included a daughter of prominent educators Kaleem and Lisa Peyton Caire, who most certainly DO live in Madison, although not at that location. Police arrive, tell the man to move on, which he does. Explains to all concerned that the mural painters and the pickup driver were both exercising free speech. Not good enough for Mrs. Caire. As quoted by the Wisconsin State Journal:
“It was a “racially motivated attack based on who is acceptable and what is acceptable,” she said. “It was not freedom of speech and it was not left to interpretation. … It was wrong and it was aggressive and it was harassment.”
Wrong? Aggressive? Harassing? About par for the course here in the Peoples’ Republic, wouldn’t you say. Perhaps racist, one could add.
The head groundskeeper here at the Werkes recalls taking his turn at the microphone during public comment period at the Madison school board to argue in favor of school resource police officers. Shouted down, physically swarmed, called a “white supremacist.” Or, for that matter, getting a cuppa joe at Helbach’s in Middleton. (“I am not Tim Carpenter. Do not beat me.”)
Kaleem Caire’s family doxxes
What is irresponsible is the Caires saw fit to doxx the employer of the art critic. Even named the company’s president. Wisconsin State Journal reporter Chris Rickert tells one of the Werkes’ gray lab coats:
“The Caires found out where [the pick-up driver] works (probably from LinkedIn) and they set in motion an online campaign to have people call his boss. That was happening well before I knew about the incident. By the time I called Monday morning, [the boss] said he had gotten 60 calls about the incident. Obviously, the vast majority of those weren’t coming from news media.”
Sure enough, after checking back several times with the protestor’s employer, the boss finally said he had fired his employee of 30 years. The company would like to keep its plate glass windows and its customers, no doubt.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The white man may be racist (that’s the default assumption, isn’t it?) or just maybe is tired of all the boarded-up windows and the lawlessness they represent. Painting murals is tacit justification for the smashing and grabbing that required the plywood in the first place. The new normal.
We have asked the Caire family how they were threatened in any way. Awaiting a response.
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