will get you called ‘racist’
We expected getting old would take longer. We remember the 1970s (albeit through a purple haze). “I’m O.K., you’re O.K.” was the social mantra. Then there was that guy that gave everybody hugs. (Keep away from Blaska!) One cartoon had a mafia hitman saying to his capo, “Hey boss, I read this book. Guess what? We’re O.K.!”
Forty years later, you are not O.K. if you are a) white, b) male, c) heterosexual, and d) old. In other words, you are guilty of WHAT you are rather than WHO you are. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “content of your character” turned upside down. Guilt by association. (Today’s McCarthyism).
Do penance. Submit to BLM re-education. (Mandatory for all City of Madison supervisors and at too many private sector companies.) Post that Black Lives Matter yard sign. Venmo the Black Jesus his money. Vote identity, not policy. Debase yourself, former mayor Paul Soglin! Confess, you unknowing racist!
Critical Race Theory (CRT), once regarded as a lunatic doctrine propounded by obscure leftists at over-priced northeastern colleges, has proliferated into K–12 classrooms, federal, state, and local government, businesses, and even pre-schools. As such, it’s no longer merely lunatic, but dangerous.”
Parents at a liberal private school in New York City rebelled:
“Every class this year has had an obsessive focus on race and identity, ‘racist cop’ reenactments in science, ‘decentering whiteness’ in art class, learning about white supremacy and sexuality in health class.” (Source here.)
Madison WI schools are forcing students of color into honors classes in order to make their numbers look better. One parent told The Werkes:
“As with graduation, the District is redefining honors in a way that lowers pretty much everything in as many ways as they can think of. The result will likely be that the District’s numbers will look good (and appear to be in compliance with the OCR stuff it needs to be in compliance with), but that students will be poorly served. They will not be prepared for the real world beyond the reality of the MMSD.”
We have come full circle from segregated drinking fountains. “Beloit College creates campus leisure space for ‘Blacks Only’” The mayor of Chicago will only do interviews with black journalists. MMSD is paying social justice warriors to set up blacks-only student clubs.
Republicans to the rescue
So, good on State Sen. André Jacque, R-DePere; and Reps. Rick Gundrum, R-Slinger, and Chuck Wichgers, R-Muskego. They’re putting up legislation to ban Critical Race Theory in our public schools, including the University of Wisconsin sytstem. Sure, it’s veto bait. Gov. Evers can wear those concrete overshoes to his re-election campaign. (More here.)
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The devil is in the details. No school district is going to call it by what it is. Enforcement is problematic. Parents, be vigilant. If five progressives live in your town, four of them will be on the school board. School choice is looking better all the time.