Or at least, cheap indignation!
It’s one of those committees you never hear about. Probably because God loves you. It’s called the Sustainable Madison Committee. “Sustainable” being one of the favored buzz words of our age, along with inclusive, equitable, systemic, and “It’s Only Property.”
“Building a Green Capital City” is Sustainable’s goal. (Don’t tell Kermit; he’s in trouble with Disney.) Let’s just say, Sustainable Madison has a severe case of Portlandia. The Committee has 18 members on a good day but today, two fewer because they resigned Wednesday 02-24-21.
This is breaking news at Madison365, which sees the world through the lens of racial oppression, which — it assures us — is bubbling behind every guilty white face. Their headline screams (Extra! Extra! Read allabouddit!):
Two Sustainable Madison Committee members resign over
“God bless George Floyd” remark
The two big quitters are Matthew Braunginn, who helped develop the Police Civilian Oversight Committee) and Nada Elmikashfi (chief of staff to State Rep. Francesca Hong, D-Madison). The two quit in righteous indignation because of something co-chair Denise DeMarb said. (Her epidermis, it should be noted, is a whiter shade of pale.) Braunginn, whose outer shell is more nuanced, accused DeMarb of uttering the words:
“God bless George Floyd.”
To which the Werkes can only say:
Them’s fighting words?
That’s it? No N-word? No minstrel references? No demands that kids quit stealing cars and do their homework? Braunginn lectures Whitey:
“The implication (was) that White people got better, that [George Floyd] served as a martyr for this country. The martyrdom of Black Americans is very prevalent among particularly White liberals and we see that, I think, in how we celebrate MLK and how a lot of these folks will uphold the whitewashed and martyred idea of Dr. King without actually exploring his radical nature and radical ideology.
“[It was] the typical well meaning White liberal kind of paternalistic type of racism. She called to apologize in a way and it just really rang hollow to me.”
Befitting the Code of the Perpetually Offended, skulking off into the sunset was not enough for Braunginn and Elmikashfi. The two racist scolds demand DeMarb’s resignation and that of co-chair Lance Green “as well as new policies to address racism in city committees.” The Werkes calls this the Hans Gruber School of Demands — as long as you’ve got them on the line, ask for a nice car. Braunginn and Elmikashfi forgot “Venmo me the money” but it’s a start.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The real question is whether Madison city government is sustainable.