Jim Crow at Madison West high school

‘Lacking clarity’ but fully diverse

West High School Principal Karen Boran apologized on behalf of West High School for an e-mail to parents that segregated white Zoom sessions from one for persons of color.

“This message did not convey our intention in a manner that supports our core values,” she said. “Our wording in the communication we sent lacked clarity.”

Blaska Policy Werkes was the first to report that e-mail, sent in the wake of a conviction in the killing of George Floyd.

The principal apologized after a demand from the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. WILL wrote:

Madison West’s justifications for racial segregation are indistinguishable from the segregationists of the 1950s. In that July 2020 e-mail, Madison West justified separation of the participants by race because it supposedly provided a “level of emotional safety and security,” space for students and staff to “process the pain our community is feeling,” and an opportunity to “develop individual and group plans of action to make our physical and virtual spaces safe.”

These arguments are no different from those advanced by the proponents of Jim Crow.

Boran said a diverse team of West staff members created the two Zoom links, one for parents of color and one for white parents of students of color, at the request of students, families, and staff of color after discussions where they expressed frustration having to justify their experiences and perspectives.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: This is where critical race theory is leading America: apartheid.

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10 Responses to Jim Crow at Madison West high school

  1. Kevin S Wymore says:

    Here’s the thing, perhaps the most obvious: West High School Principal Karen Boran is not good at her job.

    While professing to improve trust among students and their families, she brands an out-of-state tragedy not remotely in her day-to-day educational mission “a murder.” She separates and divides West families for no apparent reason. She places a highly incendiary message in the public sphere, then lacks the fortitude to sign her message….which, btw, puts the “mess” in message.

    A person of integrity in her position would resign, and let someone intent on education take over.

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    • Batman says:

      I’ve had people come up to me and inquire as to whether or not the C-word applies to K. Boran.



  2. pANTIFArts says:

    Anybody else think it weird that the hard left went apoplectic when Trump said he would “build the wall”, when building “walls” is THE central tenet of Progressive doctrine? Walls based on race, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, walls between the public and the police, the list goes on and on, (and might be infinite). “The Woke” are busily constructing the very things that they claim to be tearing down. And it all begins with the Progressive educational system (the Kool-Aid cartel) that is abusing your children. They teach the kids to be helpless victims, with no chance of success, without the intervention of the “all-purpose savior” of Progressivism, against a biased world, and the “unwoke” who are “destroying the planet” (and their futures). Eventually these kids will “nail their own feet to the floor”, never moving forward, never leaving the walls of their “cell of victim-hood”.

    The question for the “educators” is:–(cue disco beat)

    “Why not just give them an education,
    And maybe show some self control?
    Stop the “woke-ist dissertations
    Teachers, leave those kids alone!
    Hey! Teachers! Leave those kids alone!
    All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
    All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.”

    Charter School Children’s Chorus: –(disco beat continues)

    “We don’t need no social justice,
    From some “Critical Racist’s” theories grown.
    No “woke” Progressive indoctrination,
    Teachers, leave them kids alone!
    Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
    All in all it’s all just bricks in the wall.
    All in all you’re all just bricks in the wall.”

    Response from the “educators”:
    “Wrong, do it again! Wrong, do it again!”
    “If you don’t drink your Kool-Aid , you can’t have any justice.
    How can you have any justice, if you don’t drink it all?”

    (Citation— This is obviously a blatant rip-off of one of PINK FLOYD’s greatest songs. I offer a heart felt apology to the band, and Roger Waters in particular.)

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  3. A Voice in the Wilderness says:

    One hopes that critical race theory is leading staff and students at West High to a remedial course on the history of civil rights legislation in America. This school needs a permanent legal counsel on the payroll. MMSD need to hire a principal who understands relevant issues and is not overly influenced by the kiddies.

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    • One eye says:

      Hell they just need an Israeli style “10th man”:

      The Tenth Man strategy says that if nine people agree on a particular course of action, the tenth person must, in the context of the strategy, take a contrary approach so that all alternatives can be considered.


  4. One eye says:

    Less than 2 years after West made national news (Marlon Anderson firing), these words are still relevant:

    “On Friday, as hundreds of Madison students and teachers marched in support of Anderson, former US secretary of education Arne Duncan tweeted that the school district “needs to grow a brain, and a heart, really quickly!”

    “I’ve seen some crazy things over the years, but this is one of the worst,” Duncan wrote. “Just more evidence our country still can’t handle issues of race, and racism.” “


  5. Fr Gregory says:

    One wonders who feels unsafe with whom?
    Are Parents of Color uncomfortable around White Parents or the other way around?
    Also, how are people to know to which category they belong?


  6. Herp McDerp says:

    At its core, “Critical Race Theory” embodies the concepts of collective guilt and collective punishment. It’s the same philosophy as the Klan’s lynching strategy: “We don’t know if he did it, but string him up anyway as a lesson to the others. If he ain’t guilty of this, he’s guilty of something!

    By the way, “Critical Race Theory” isn’t a theory, it’s a hypothesis based on questionable assumptions and unchallenged assertions. A theory has to be capable of being proven wrong; it’is a hypothesis that has been tested by critical experiment or critical observations. But CRT isn’t testable. According to CRT advocates, “systemic racism” is the only possible explanation for race-oriented problems, when you can’t see or measure any actual racism.


  7. Bill says:

    The best explanation of Critical Race Theory, (CRT), I have ever heard is this one.

    This theory along with reparations to black people for slavery is some of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard of.

    This, especially the reparations part would be so, so hard to do without some group being offended by how we administer it.

    For example, I’ll just lay out the first 10 that come to mind as I sit here getting ready for work:

    1. Where would people who are from places Mexico and India and places like that be considered in the scale of being white or black?
    2. Where would people of mixed race be in consideration of them being white or black? We know that many people considered Americans of African decent have some white ancestry in their DNA.
    3. Considering the above, would a DNA test be mandatory for all Americans to prove their racial make-up?
    4. What percent of your DNA would have to be black in order to be considered black?
    5. And by what universally excepted standard do we determine who is black and who is not black?
    6. Would you be required to carry a racial identity card around with you at all times to prove your racial identity?
    7. Should a person who is 21, from Mexico, who is a 1st generation American, been in America for 5 years, working in the hot sun each day doing concrete work for little money in order to pay back the coyote’s who paid for his passage here, have to pay reparations to people for something that neither he or his ancestors had anything to do with? (In other words, an indentured servant, like my Irish ancestors.)
    8. What about the Native American population? Shouldn’t we have to pay reparations to them? After all, this was their land First! Shouldn’t they be FIRST IN LINE?
    9. As long as we are paying reparations to the Native American population, shouldn’t we determine who was the FIRST Native American tribe in North America and give most if not all reparations to them?
    10. And how do we, after so many years, determine who was the first Native American Tribe in North America and by what standards do we do so?

    Point is folks, if you look at this world as a temporary period before your death, you don’t see the world as paradise. You see the world for all it’s faults that can never be corrected. Who among us has the power to stop a hurricane, a tornado, a drought, a plague, a forest fire and so on. And these are just a small example of the things we have no power over, just from nature, not from man.

    In my opinion, these politicians are just greedy bastards, (I’d estimate 95% of them from both parties), who want to steal your and my money and treasure in order to benefit themselves.

    Look instead to God! Look to Heaven for true paradise!


  8. patrickmoloughlin says:

    I never did learn what mixed race parents was supposed to do. Go to separate Zoom meetings?

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