We’ve seen your ‘change.”
It looks like boarded-up windows and smashed statutes. It sounds like F-bombs and ambulance sirens. It’s made Downtown Madison a No-Go zone.
After the Madison police union’s overwhelming (95%) vote of No Confidence, Satya Rhodes Conway accuses police of “failing to embrace change.”
“We are in a time of change – our community is demanding oversight and accountability; our community is demanding reform and leadership that is able to reimagine policing. … It is extremely unfortunate that the Madison Professional Police Officers Association (MPPOA) has failed to realize the importance of this time, and is sowing division.”
State Sen. Tim Carpenter going down for Satya’s ‘change’
Oh my, Mayor. We are embarrassed for you today. In response to the vote of no confidence, we see denial of responsibility of the Mayor of her role in creating both community division and employee dissatisfaction.
The person afraid of change is YOU. Afraid to get involved in anything positive when it comes to your own police department. Afraid to facilitate community dialogue with the department when they ask you to do so in order to move the community forward. Afraid to abandon your ludicrous attempts to reopen police contracts because you screwed up the budget to begin with due to overly lofty transportation goals.
The person sowing division is YOU. You’re the one who views your own employees as something to garner public distrust of, to lay blame on.
True leaders take responsibility for discord and employee dissatisfaction. True leaders step forward when given the opportunity to bridge the gap between communities and police.
You might want to stop, Satya. While you’re only very, very behind.
‘The city council makes everything worse’
Former mayor Dave Cieslewicz is up with a post today, before news of the No Confidence vote reached him.
As quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal, Ald. Rebecca Kemble, who represents District 18, called State Street “the whitest neighborhood in the city” and said that providing this assistance is “quite literally institutional racism.”
It’s hard to know where to begin with statements like those, but let’s start with the facts, which she has wrong. The downtown is not the whitest neighborhood in the city. According to the city’s own Neighborhood Indicators project, the neighborhoods around State Street are a little over 80% white. In fact, about two dozen neighborhoods in the city are even less diverse. The whitest neighborhood in the city?Cherokee at 94.6%. Kemble should have known that as Cherokee is in her own district. …
It seems significant that three of the council’s most senior and respected Black members — Council President Sheri Carter, Ald. Barbara Harrington-McKinney and Ald. Samba Baldeh — were among the six members who voted for the compromise to provide assistance for both State Street and Black-owned businesses.
⇒ Anyone notice how unusually circumspect the good progressives at the Capital Times are about all of this?
Blaska’s Bottom Line: C’mon, say it Dave! “Recall Satya!”