Name your ‘historic wrong’ for cash and prizes!
Woke progressivism, like rust, never sleeps. Madison city government now wants to invite “BIPOC” people to kvetch about how Madison was mean to them. The city’s Equal Opportunities Commission, trying to justify their budget, would then report by December 31 with “detailed recommendations on how the city could address past wrongs,” the WI State Journal reports. C’mon, people, say its name: reparations!
Evanston IL, another college town, is already riding the reparations guilt trip.
Your tax dollar will scrub dusty attics in search of “historic wrongs, including the city being built upon the homelands of the indigenous peoples of the region.” Don’t forget urban renewal! Twelve (12) historic wrongs in all! A perennial favorite is the jail (ahem) disparity. Police led by a black sheriff and a black police chief keep rounding up black folk minding their own business. White kids are stealing cars, too. They just don’t arrest them, apparently.
Your guilt doesn’t lift anyone’s boat
Watch the interview with Columbia U professor John McWhorter. The good Prof says what Blaska has been saying for several years now. Us white crackers could get down on our knees, flagellate ourselves with reeds, sprinkle ashes, recite Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. But how does that self-indulgent guilt trip help young Javon read?
In Prof. McWhorter’s Q and A. with the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco 11-08-21, the author admits that he has prepared for being canceled for denying that the USA is, foundationally and fundamentally, racist. He describes Robin diAngelo’s White Fragility as the most stupid book ever written. Critical race theory is, indeed, being taught in our K-12 schools, McWhorter confirms. This is how Commonwealth describes the 59-minute interview:
Since the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, Americans have been engaged in a vast discussion on the state of race in America. Renowned linguist and award-winning writer John McWhorter feels this debate and discussion has been dominated by a “woke mob“ that subscribes to theories that are illogical, unreachable and, ultimately, racist in their impact, however unintentional those effects may be. In his book Woke Racism: “How a new religion has betrayed black America,” McWhorter argues that an “illiberal neoracism,” disguised as antiracism, is hurting black communities and weakening the American social fabric.
Marginalized but elected nonetheless?
“I want to take time to pause and acknowledge past injustices that have happened in the city of Madison to allow healing,” said EOC member Ald. Brian Benford, 6th District. “As a black person who has been marginalized in this city …” The guy is in his second run as an elected alderman — a decision maker! And that’s what he calls “marginalized”?!
→ The EOC meets at 5 p.m. today 01-13-22. Give them something to really feel guilty about!
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Benford wants to “create a safe environment where we can talk about past injustices.” Uh, Brian, that would be Madison WI. Those who seek to disagree will have to look elsewhere for their safe spaces.