We blame George W. Bush
The editor emeritus of hyper-partisan Capital Times (“Dane County’s Progressive Voice”) has identified the culprits in on the 08-11-2020 shooting death of 11-year-old Anisa Maria Scott.
No, not the two teenaged boys arrested later in the week. Dave Zweifel lays the little girl’s murder at the feet of Wisconsin’s Republican legislative leaders! For real!
“Scott Fitzgerald and Robin Vos … are quick to condemn violence and blame protesters, but refuse to address the root causes of what has long ailed America,” my old boss thunders in the Sunday newspaper. As if Republicans have been running Madison for the last 50 years.
As a faithful purveyor of the progressive party line; the old editor can’t turn back now. He blames guns for killing little Anisa, not the shooters.
Root causes? How about Progressivism?
Since the Left has made it about race, we have to go there. White kids are not shooting each other and the scenery in Madison, Milwaukee, or Chicago. So, perhaps, we could quit blaming the cops and “white privilege,” “implicit bias,” and other faddisms and address the cult of victimhood.
Fifty-five years of Great Society giveaways, set-asides, grants, affordable housing, free bus passes, affirmative action, preferential college admissions, midnight basketball, and neighborhood centers — black kids are shooting other black kids in ever-greater numbers.
Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute does the math:
Every year, approximately 6,000 blacks are murdered. This is a number greater than white and Hispanic homicide victims combined, even though blacks are only 13 percent of the national population. … Who is killing them? Not the police, and not white civilians, but other blacks. The astronomical black death-by-homicide rate is a function of the black crime rate. Black males between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at 10 times the rate of white and Hispanic male teens combined.
Intimidation, not persuasion
After eight years of Barack Obama and 50 years of liberal-progressive-socialist rule in Madison WI, looted store keepers (many of them immigrants and minorities) are reduced to begging the City for help — anonymously, because they fear retribution.
In Madison, Mayor Satya (Progressive Dane) and Ald. Tag Evers (Progressive Dane) demanded the immediate release of repeat criminal offender Devonere A. Johnson (alias Yeshua Musa), the “peaceful protestor” with a bullhorn and a baseball bat. (Recounted here.)
Led by Ald. Rebecca Kemble (Progressive Dane) the City refuses to compensate those small businesses for ordering police to stand down.
The Capital Times endorsed all of these Progressives, just as it championed cop-basher Brenda Konkel, leader of Progressive Dane.
This summer, Madison evicted police from its troubled public high schools as The Capital Times has always demanded. Only a few months after Madison West high school student was disarmed after a loaded gun was found in his backpack. After a shoot-out just outside La Follette high school.
Blaming police for progressivism’s failures
Which is why progressives have turned on the police. As crazy as it sounds, Progs believe police prowl neighborhoods looking to scoop up hard-working Black fathers playing catch with their sons just to fill their jail quotas. DEFUND THE POLICE!
89% of Madison’s Black students read below grade level. Does the truant kid share some responsibility for illiteracy, poor work habits, and an affinity for violent gangsta rap? Does the father who deserts his family for prison share some responsibility? The mother who does drugs? The politician, community organizer, and newspaper editor who blame implicit racism for “not meeting their needs.”
If you are a victim, you are not responsible for your failure, someone else is. Fitzsimmons and Vos. The NRA. Your great-great grandfather from Norway. The Miss Forward statue.
Make no mistake: Progressives NEED victims as their feedstock, to justify claiming an ever-larger role in private lives. Like Obama said, “You didn’t build that.” Even progressive students attending taxpayer-supported universities now claim to be victims, thanks to progressive professors like Walter Stern.
⇒ Victimhood is now so attractive that everyone wants in, just like Althea Bernstein — victim of “classic Wisconsin frat boys.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line — Problem is, if you are a victim, you cannot be a victor. It’s up to someone else (Joe Biden, perhaps?) to save your bacon. The Capital Times says so.