The ultimate antidote to Woke racism!
The Werkes shuns focus groups. Should he be summoned to one of CNN’s televised town halls, the Head Groundskeeper would quickly unfocus the proceedings. We don’t need to learn what is popular before we decide what to say.
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, its seems to us, says what he thinks needs to be said before it’s safe to be said. Thus do leaders lead. We’ve had Presidents like that, in days past.
Scott, a former Republican governor of Florida, has an 11-point “Rescue America” plan. The Werkes finds much to like, such as quit teaching critical race theory. (Rather than defend it, proponents allege this race hate is not being taught in the first place and if you think otherwise, you’re suffering from white privilege.)
More provocatively, Sen. Scott says all Americans should pay some income tax, if only pennies. We call that skin in the game. Which is a pretty ballsy position to take because Scott chairs the committee charged with electing more Republican senators. (The senator details his tussle with Mitch McConnell over that one.)
Ban the race box
Speaking of skin in the game, Rick Scott is the first office holder we know who proposes “banning the box” on race: “Government will not ask American citizens to disclose their race, ethnicity, or skin color on any government form.” Starts with the U.S. Census, which now offers more flavors than Baskin Robbins. This long has been a platform here at the Policy Werkes. (“Are you now or have you ever been Guamanian?” No, but don’t rule it out!)
Which is why this blogge does not capitalize “black.” We don’t capitalize white, brown, or yellow, either. Those are colors, not nationalities. America quit determining negroes from mulattos from quadroons and octoroons 100 years ago! Not to mention “melungians“! Can we take the next step?
→ “Capitalizing ‘Black’ isn’t wrong but isn’t that helpful, either. — John McWhorter.
→ “Race is a toxic social construction.” — Henry Louis Gates.
Remove the box on the census form and you decapitate all the identity-based programs dividing America. (Reparations for Oprah Winfrey? Sorry, too many Asians?)
“We will stop dividing people by race, skin color, ethnicity, or country of origin, which is an immoral and corrosive habit of the woke crowd. We simply do not give a damn what color anyone’s skin is.” — U.S. Sen. Rick Scott.
Never mind the Pacific islanders
An accomplished liberal and friendly acquaintance — a household name in Madison — argues how would schools, for instance, know whether they’re doing a good job teaching black kids? The Werkes counters: Do black kids all look alike? Think alike? Act alike? Blaska, the write-in candidate for Seat #4 on the school board, doubts there is a black way to teach or a white way to learn. Pretending so invites the disparate treatment that civil rights leaders once fought. And that inculcates the victimhood excuse rather than expecting full agency over one’s future.
The obsession with race has led educrats and social justice warriors to conflate correlation with causation. If you’re administering beatdowns to classmates or mastering calculus, what difference does skin color make? Even the Census Bureau admits, “An individual’s response to the race question is based upon self-identification.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Despite two white parents, maybe Rachel Dolezal really is black or melungian. Might be a man, for that matter. Or Guamanian.