The Left does not play well with others
One day after surviving a seven-way primary election for WI superintendent of public instruction, Deborah Kerr finds herself fending off charges of “racial insensitivity.”
As that political philosopher Gomer Pyle would say, Surprise! Surprise!
Ms. Kerr, who identifies as a Democrat, is the moderate-conservative choice to be public education’s statewide leader. (Beggars can’t be choosers.) She came in a close second to the teachers union’s houseplant, Jill Underly.
Ms. Kerr had responded to an on-line post asking for the first time they were called the N word. She said once in high school someone did so in apparent reference to her full, luscious (possibly pouting?) lips.
Ms. Kerr, we must report, is blonder than Dagwood’s wife.
Sound the triggered alert!
Who brings this obscurity to the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal, you ask? It is a New York University doctoral student (check) who does a podcast called “Race Through Education.” (Check again.) Instead of Readin’, Writin’, and Ropin’ our public schools now teach Race blamin’.
⇒ Hardly George Corley Wallace at the schoolhouse door. Night riders in white sheets. Redlining real estate. Talk about micro-aggressions!
“When I read her statement, I was livid,” said one Madison Payton. Of course he was! He is a professional victim!
Today’s ‘dog bites man’
Black man accusing conservative of racism leads and bleeds. Catnip to the news media. Like that Native American getting into the face of that kid from Covington Catholic whose mistake was to wear a MAGA cap. Like Jacob Blake was fixing to surrender his knife. Any moment now.
This is the Cancel Culture at play. A 44-year-veteran reporter for the New York Times was forced out after he used the term in a discussion of racism with high school students on an educational trip. He was asked by a student whether a 12-year-old should have been suspended for making a racial slur. The NY Times reporter asked whether the child “had called someone else the slur or whether she was rapping or quoting a book title. In asking the question, I used the slur itself.”
The episode has roiled the Times’ newsroom. Half the paper’s employees saying they feel they can’t speak freely on the job, according to an internal survey. Remember that the next time some Prog wants a “conversation” about race.
⇒ “Regardless of Intent.” Read the column the New York Times spiked.
We are living in a period of competing moral certitudes, of people who are awfully sure they’re right and fully prepared to be awful about it. Hence the culture of cancellations, firings, public humiliations and increasingly unforgiving judgments. — Bret Stephens in that spiked column.
Then again, the Madison public school system fired a black man for using the term in the same educational setting. (More here.) Which is why express qualified dittoes for Rush Limbaugh, who passed away Wednesday 02-17-21.
“Rush’s Monument,” declares writer Andrew Klavan, is this: “Let us all speak, and fearlessly.” Disgust over the virtue police is what elected Donald Trump.
Who blew the liberal dog whistle on Ms. Kerr?
Who? Who? That would be Nada Elmikashfi, chief of staff to State Rep. Francesca Hong, D-Madison. She called Deborah Kerr a “Karen.” Wikipedia declares:
Karen is a pejorative term for women seeming to be entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is normal. The term also refers to memes depicting white women who use their privilege to demand their own way.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Nice to know social justice warriors get a free pass for their intolerance. Needs be a corresponding term for the race scolds. Word of advice: Don’t apologize; it only encourages them.