Race-based Defund the Police sabotages public order!
Ross Douthat of the New York Times gets it! The Times columnist says the policies of many progressives “are sabotaging basic civic goods … deepening America’s racial inequalities even if Trumpism goes down to defeat.”
Like not reopening public schools. Does anyone really think that troubled minority students are sitting down in front of their laptops on the kitchen table, learning algebra this fine weekday in October? Douthat condemns the “no enemies to the Left” liberals (Joe Biden, anyone?) “lest they vindicate the president’s flailing attacks in any way.” Douthat writes:
The consequence has been that various forms of naïveté, utopianism and outright idiocy have hijacked liberal politics, marching under the banner of anti-racism while leading progressive policy astray. This happened with the push for police reform, which was often diverted from reasonable proposals into unreasonable abolish-the-police fantasies, creating public paralysis in cities like Minneapolis even as public order deteriorated.
It happened with some of the George Floyd protests, which were redirected toward futile insurrectionary violence by a network of mostly white anarchists, whose very existence was hard for liberals to acknowledge even as their depredations did particular damage to minority and immigrant neighborhoods.
And it’s happening within the educational bureaucracy, where there’s a Trump-era vogue for attacks on “whiteness” that often seem to double as attacks on standards, discipline and rigor — with urban schools as the most likely laboratory for whatever educational alternatives the new progressivism dreams up.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Sounds like Madison’s public schools, does it not? And city hall! When will the Wisconsin State Journal, the Chamber of Commerce, the Democrat(ic) party call out Progressive Dane and its BLM/Marxist allies?