Madison schools: quit teaching racism

Sorry we got caught

Have you read a less sincere “apology” than that uttered by Madison WI public schools for its discussion groups segregated by race like some Mississippi Burning bus station?

“This message did not convey our intention in a manner that supports our core values. Our wording in the communication we sent lacked clarity,” said Madison West high school principal Karen Boran. (More here.)

No, your wording was very clear, madame principal. What’s more, it perfectly conveyed your core values — troubling though they be.

You segregated by race school-sponsored discussions of “all the police brutality and violence that is going on in our country and or [sic] communities even after the verdict on Derek Chauvin and the murder of another young Black female.” Further, you indoctrinate political views and woe be any voice raised timidly in dissent. Further, who tradduce the presumption of guilt fundamental to our system of justice. Madison’s public schools take as a given that America is racist, police are “brutal,” and the police officer who likely saved two black girls from being stabbed to death in Columbus OH is a murderer.

You “apologized” (if that is what it was) only when threatened with a federal civil rights lawsuit by the WI Institute for Law & Liberty. But you will do it again. Because the Madison Metropolitan School District teaches identity politics, preaches victimhood, and practices race shaming. Our schools (putatively, anyway) offer the keys to success and happiness — an education. But MMSD runs shrieking from demanding personal responsibility in favor of collective guilt.

Two white women "face their racism"

Anyone really think these ladies are Bull Connors?
The reason young Javon is stealing cars?

Crying ‘racism’ once too often

Bret Stephens of the New York Times dares speak truth to the powerful intimdators of modern-day progressivism:

Maybe the balance of our sympathies should lie not with the would-be perpetrator of a violent assault but with the cop who saved a black life — namely that of Tionna Bonner, who nearly had Ma’Khia Bryant’s knife thrust into her. Morally and philosophically, liberalism believes in individual autonomy, which entails a concept of personal responsibility. The current model of anti-racism scoffs at this: It divides the world into racial identities, which in turn are governed by systems of privilege and powerlessness. …

The idea that white skin automatically confers “privilege” in America is a strange concept to millions of working-class whites who have endured generations of poverty while missing out on the benefits of the past 50 years of affirmative action programs.

Back in March, former Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz said the same thing in a city that desperately needs to hear it:

I still meet most of the liberal litmus tests. … But I start to get off the liberal train at the identity politics station. … I find it both unconvincing and deeply offensive. The basic idea is that the world is divided into “oppressors” and victims and that none of us control which group we fall into — that’s determined only by our race and gender. So, if you are a Black woman who went to Harvard Law you are a victim. If you are a white guy with a high school education who cleans her office, you are an oppressor.

Once we abandon the idea of individual responsibility, that undermines everything.

Bret Stephens predicts the bottom line: A progressive “crackup similar to the one in the late 1960s that broke liberalism as America’s dominant political force for a generation.”

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20 Responses to Madison schools: quit teaching racism

  1. Good Dog, Happy Man says:

    “Ours may become the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity.’ — Dr. Thomas Sowell

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  2. One eye says:

    re: crackup similar to one in lare 1960’s

    I’d be interested to hear the opinions of old timers on this. It seems to me that era was much worse with all the bombings. I was a sheltered kid back then.


    • Liberty says:

      Not so sure about that. Have you seen the footage of the riots from last summer, including here in Madison?

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    • Sir Arthur says:

      As a “graduate” of the ’60s, having graduated high school and having attended college in that era, one big difference was that the Viet Nam War was the focal point of most social protests by young people. After 1973, when all U.S. servicemen had been withdrawn from Viet Nam, there were almost no protests of note. Instead, the U.S. headed into a recession with high inflation for the rest of the ’70s – stagflation – so there was enough economically to be concerned with – just making ends meet and to try to save enough to buy an ever- increasingly more expensive home. By then, most of the radicals of the ’60s figured out they had to earn a living, so they joined the work force. Also, back then, while I remember disrespect for law enforcement by radicals, they did not actively attack or show the disrespect that is so blatantly exhibited by today’s anarchists. That, and the support today’s anarchists receive from the “lamestream media”, which has become anti-police with their coverage, IMO, makes today’s atmosphere much more toxic and dangerous.

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      • Gary L. Kriewald says:

        The social protests of the late sixties really lost steam in the wake of the deadly Sterling Hall bombing that took place in August 1970 right here in Madison, then as now a safe space for fanatical leftist ideologues. One of the perpetrators was never caught, one served a short sentence then set himself up in the juice business on Library Mall. Fast forward to summer of 2020, when wholesale mayhem was unleased on downtown Madison thanks to the “righteous anger” of BLM thugs. Plus ca change ….

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    • georgessson says:

      Yepper, 1,800 bombings in one year (Via FBI stats), but most were MT buildings (or almost MT buildings -Sterling Hall). But few fatalities, other than blowing themselves up preparing said bombs (NYC apartment…).

      Here’s MDSN WI in the ’70’s. Lotsa angst, not much damage compared to… these days & ongoing “peaceful” demonstrations….


      • Gary L. Kriewald says:

        Back then at least the rioters didn’t try to re-brand themselves as “peaceful protestors” displaying “righteous anger.” They were out to destroy the American political, economic, and educational systems and made no transparent excuses for their actions–unlike the mealy-mouthed BLM thugs who loot and vandalize and then wait for some Harvard progfessor of cultural studies to explain why their actions are motivated by the highest of principles and anyone who objects is a RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYCIST.

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  3. Good Dog, Happy Man says:

    “You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization, … including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain, … without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.” — Dr. Thomas Sowell.

    I pray one day Proglobots will get woke, smell the coffee, look in a mirror and honestly ask themselves, “Why are we in this hand basket, and where are we headed?”

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  4. Liberty says:

    “A progressive “crackup similar to the one in the late 1960s that broke liberalism as America’s dominant political force for a generation.”

    If liberalism was broke in the 1960s, it wouldn’t have returned with such a vengeance and we wouldn’t be where we’re at today.

    Progressivism may temporarily break, but it will be back. Why? Because the people driving the chaos know that creating division is profitable and that most people won’t fight back.

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  5. kishke says:

    ““A progressive “crackup similar to the one in the late 1960s that broke liberalism as America’s dominant political force for a generation.”

    Let’s hope.


  6. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    It’s a mystery to me how thousands of parents in Madison willingly (and in some cases, enthusiastically) sacrifice their own children on the altar of progressive principles, including the poisonous claptrap of identity politics. How they justify watching, often collaborating, while their kids’ brains are systematically turned to mush is far beyond my power of imagination.

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  7. richard lesiak says:

    Maybe you righties should start looking at your role in all this mess. Harris’s book being given to kids at the border? A lie. Biden’s ban on beef. A lie. Tucker telling people to call the cops on parents if their kid wears a mask. Crazy. Santorum and his Native American comments. Stupid. Counting votes in AZ with the public, press and no observers which the gop screamed about for months. And all just this week. The big difference from the 60’s is we didn’t have a bunch of nuts wearing tin foil hats spewing garbage each day. Have a meat beer and cool your jets.


    • madtownforsure says:

      Oh you are wrong, why we called them stinkies because all of a sudden deodorant was off limits to the know it all back then. Open sex, drugs, but they avoided the draft because their parents had the bucks, or they made a trip to Canada to hide.


    • Brad Mueller says:

      No. You have a bunch of people in black masks wielding all manner of unconventional weapons out to destroy the communities in which most do not live. You own this violence. If you had any decency you’d a least grab a broom and a dustpan and sweep up the broken glass.
      Please don’t dox me.


  8. madtownforsure says:

    Everyone I knew wanted to go and kick their butts down town, we were a few years older, but then it was collage Joe who got the deferments, or went to Canada ,to avoid the draft. Many of my high school friends were not that lucky, did not know about the underground railroad to avoid the draft, so a few did not return sadly.


  9. georgessson says:

    RE: Vietnam & the Vietnam WALL:

    Click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city where you went to high school and look at the names. Click on the name and it will give details of the person’s death, a picture or at least their bio and medals. Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create it.


  10. Bill says:

    Yes, thank you georgessson. This website: is a reminder to all of us just what a sacrifice war really is and can be.

    Thank you again for your reminder of that fact.


  11. A Voice in the Wilderness says:

    Indeed the Vietnam Wall is a reminder, Bill. I think most of us realize why war memorials are significant: to honor those lost and help us in our grief. Building these memorials doesn’t stop the bloodshed, however. I do acknowledge and am aware of the sacrifices behind these events.


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