Madison does about-face on racial discrimination

‘Offensive and repugnant’

from the Wisconsin Institute on Law & Liberty:

The Madison Common Council Tuesday 05-10-22 adopted an amended ordinance to remove unconstitutional racial quotas from a Police Civilian Oversight Board. The action comes in response to a federal lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty that challenged the racial quotas as a clear violation of the Constitution’s ban on racial discrimination. WILL represents Madison resident David Blaska, who applied for the Board but is ineligible for nine of the eleven seats because of his race.

WILL Deputy Counsel Dan Lennington said, “We should never stand idly by while our elected officials engage in blatant race discrimination, as Madison did in this case. Although we are pleased they have removed their racial quota, WILL remains ready and willing to challenge race discrimination wherever it rears its ugly head.”

Individuals, not classes

In September 2020, the City of Madison enacted an ordinance, Madison General Ordinance § 5.20, that requires four members of the Police Civilian Oversight Board to belong to the following specific racial groups: “African American,” “Asian,” “Latinx,” and “Native American.” The Madison Common Council then added another racial quota requiring “at least 50% Black members.

Racial quotas and classifications — enshrined in this City law and the official policy of the City — are unconstitutional, offensive, and repugnant to basic American values. The City of Madison has not identified a compelling government interest that would justify racial quotas. The Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection requires governments – at all levels – to treat citizens as individuals, not members of a group or racial class.

WILL filed a notice of claim in January 2021, warning the City of Madison that the racial quotas in the Police Civilian Oversight Board are unconstitutional and would result in a lawsuit without a policy change. When the City took no action, WILL filed a federal lawsuit in the Western District of Wisconsin against the City of Madison in June 2021. WILL looks forward to reaching a settlement agreement now that Madison has amended the ordinance.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: In other words, monetary damages remain to be determined.

Can you win if you don’t fight?


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9 Responses to Madison does about-face on racial discrimination

  1. Ian says:

    I wish W.I.L.L. would pursue this to the point that the current P.C.O.B. be removed and the process started over.

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  2. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Give ‘Em Hell, Blaska…GOOD_N_HARD!

    The Gotch

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  3. Kevin S Wymore says:

    Hooray for Blaska!

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  4. Bob says:

    With the mayor’s office, the city attorney, the EEOC, the Affirmative Action division of Human Resources and no one ever questioned the racial quotas set up in the original ordinance? I think the taxpayers are not getting their moneys worth from these people. it’s too bad that it takes lawsuits to make these people follow the law.


  5. Kooter says:

    No surprise, the outcome was pretty obvious but congrats!

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  6. Wm. Tyroler says:

    Congrats on the win.

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  7. Landon Perkins says:

    Wonderful you beat progressive Madison at their own trade. Hope you pursue further to a financial settlement and a large granite rock memorial.

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