Mine are “Mr., Sir, Your Lordship,” and “Hey You.”
Now buzz off!
More proof that the City of Madison government is more Woke than an over-caffeinated insomniac at the dynamite factory.
The Police Civilian Oversight Board is what we conservatives mean when we say “Too much gummint.” A solution in search of a problem that becomes its own problem. Its stated mission is to restore confidence in Madison police among certain communities.
Nothing says restoring confidence in Madison’s maligned gendarmerie than getting your pronouns just right! Doing so consumed nearly 30 minutes of the Police Civilian Oversight Board at its 03-18-21 meeting (conducted on-line).
Chair(man) Keetra Burnette: “We had a member who … expressed a desire to use specific pronouns when they [ ! ]are addressed. … It’s something we have to get used to, accustomed to. … a reminder to hold each anther accountable when we are not using that inclusive language when and if needed.
“Would anyone like to offer any preferred pronouns?”
(They/Them) Ankita Bharadwaj: “Saying ‘preferred pronouns’ is a micro-aggression. When people have non-binary pronouns apart from ‘she/hers’, it’s not that they prefer to be that way it is because that is who they are.”
(she/her) Ananda Deacon: “Using the wrong pronouns does create a snowball effect of lack of respect for these communities. It is a great thing we are having this discussion right now. With the classes I am taking, everyone is in the habit of using the correct pronouns.”
She/Her/Hers Keetra Burnette: What are your pronouns?
Rachel (She/Her/Hers): “I don’t know, how does that go?”
She, Her, Hers | Keetra Burnette: “Do you want your pronouns before your name or after? …”
(She/Ella) Yesinia Villalpando-Torres: “Some of you may see that Shadayra and I have ‘Ella’ … that is the Spanish version of ‘she.’”
She/Ella Yesinia Villalpando-Torres: “I would like to make a motion for our pronouns to be incorporated into roll call.”
(He/Him/His) Anthony Cooper Sr.: “I want to make sure I am doing this right. ‘He/him/his’ — is that right?”
She, Her, Hers | Keetra Burnette: “If those are your pronouns.”
(He/Him/His) Isadore Knox Jr.: “Some people might not be clear about what their pronouns [are].”
Do we need a pronoun committee?
C’mon Ike (whom we know and respect). How many memoranda does the City of Madison need to issue? Start your required reading with the 3-page policy promulgated 11-11-20: “Administrative procedure memorandum #2-52. Subject: Inclusive workplace – transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary employees.”
Employees will address employees and members of the public by their chosen name and pronouns. Intentional or persistent use of incorrect names or pronouns violates the City’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy (APM 3-5).
Ah yes, the “Resource Guide APM 3-5: Prohibited harassment and discrimination.” Must be a lot of it because the thing is 34 pages! After that slog through the barrens of bureaucracy, open the the 6-page “Gender-Inclusive Language Style Guide.” No more fathers or mothers, sisters or brothers. Woke city employees substitute the terms “parents” and “siblings.”
To complete your re-education, consult city government’s 13-page “Resource guide for transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary employees.”
Wherein one finds helpful definitions for 34 terms, including: Agender (“a person who does not identify with a gender”), Deadname (“name assigned to a transgender person at birth. … harmful and constitutes harassment”), Gender dysphoria, Genderfluid, Non-binary, Gender queer, Intersex, etc. etc., et cetera!
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We can only repeat what a constituent (according to Dylan Brogan in Isthmus) told defeated Alder Rebecca Kemble: “More [road] salt, less [social] justice.”