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Apr 10, 201501:03 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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Is ‘Young & Gifted’ planning violence?

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It appears that Young, Gifted and Black may be planning violent protests in response to what it presumes will be the district attorney’s decision not to prosecute the Madison police for the shooting death of Tony T. Robinson on March 6.

YG&B leader Brandi Grayson made that clear late this week. The group held a protest training session at Vilas Hall on the UW-Madison campus Thursday. Grayson made it clear that the training is not in the civil disobedience that Martin Luther King Jr. would recognize.

In an email to interested parties, she explained: “If you would like to learn what ‘civil disobedience’ really means and the purpose of protest, please come out. …

“When we encourage other black people to be non violent in the face of violent atrocities we are perpetrating state violence against ourselves. ... How and why do we continuously encourage black people to be nonviolent but accept and continuously allow the genocide of our people?”

Grayson’s statement comes as a rash of provocative signs are being seen in the city.

Bishop Harold E. Rayford of The Faith Place Church in Sun Prairie has a different message. He counseled peaceful demonstrations:

“I have been advised by African American leaders who lived through the worst days of the Ferguson protests. They say that one of the missing factors for them early on was the absence of ‘the faith community.’ In the case of Ferguson, they had to regroup. We have the opportunity to pre-group.

“What if there is No indictment [of police officer Matt Kenny]? ... If that is [the] decision, many persons in the African American community will be very angry. It is important that we listen carefully to the press conference. I am confident that the DA will explain his decision with care and clarity. ... By listening carefully, we will be able to answer questions and even explain the decision to other members of the community. Most people will NOT listen to the details, which may add confusion to an already hostile atmosphere.

“In the event there is not an indictment, we can expect several large and emotionally charged protests. This will actually be a good thing. Because it will allow the world to see our frustrations and the pain we feel as African Americans in Dane County. I personally plan on participating in as many protests as I possibly can. I want to be front and center, representing the faith community! That is, as long as the protests are lawful and civil. ...

“But, as we have learned from Ferguson, some protesters may decide to react in ways that are destructive. Let’s be sure to protest peacefully.

“What if someone decides to employ civil disobedience? ... At this point, I am unaware of any organized plans for civil disobedience. But that is not to suggest that no one will employ that strategy. …

“What if there are provocative protesters who are taunting law enforcement? ... We should be careful not to get caught up in the moment and find ourselves saying (chanting) things that are unbecoming of a child of God. Remember, cameras will be rolling not just in heaven, but on earth as well!”


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Apr 10, 2015 03:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Quoting one of the leaders of the Ferguson drama, "Burn the bitch down!"

Apr 12, 2015 08:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

SA = Grumpy old troll. Keep up the shenanigans and we'll be on our way to 70% soon. Classic liberal victim whose arrogance and sense of entitlement are breathtaking. Time for you to go back and hide under the bridge.

Apr 13, 2015 12:10 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Post the full email - can you?

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Apr 13, 2015 10:11 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Too lengthy but the excerpts were representative.

Apr 13, 2015 11:50 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

YGB complains about what they say is white privilege, yet they are supporting for either the 3rd or 4th time for a school walk about Tomorrow at 10:30. If they are so "gifted" then why wouldn't they be protests where they want high school kids to be involved in after school and encourage equal opportunity to a good eduation? There was a protest march on the Monday after Easter (non school day) and there were less than 50 people including strollers. So those who march tomorrow are not marching for Tony or for "police violence" as YGB says the march is for, but rather a reason to get out of school. And YGB is going to say look we have lots of people supporting us. The family seems to be star struck and allow this group to exploit their situation.

There have been different adults who have said they are like surrogate parents to Robinson and his friends. Why didn't the friend call them instead of 911? Friends watched him take more magic mushrooms then normal, but why did these friends leave him alone? Who gave him the mushrooms? Looks like the YGB and it's supporters don't want to ask the real answers but rather take the easy way out.

Apr 13, 2015 12:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'm saddened by what seems to be an irresponsible article on this nominal business website. Is David Blaska planning violence? He sure celebrates his guns like he's spoiling for a fight, doesn't he?

Apr 13, 2015 12:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

To Anonymous @ 11:50 -

Good points. I've been wondering where (a) the biological parents and (b) the Hillary Clinton "It Takes A Village" surrogate parents are in this whole mess?

What kind of grandmother gives their child hallucinogenic mushrooms? (See here: .Interesting to note the original Isthmus article is gone.

Also, we learn a little more about this Willie St. opium den where Tony Robinson was shot. See here: I'm still not clear - were these friends or is this where Tony Robinson lived?

That article has a link to the "Go Fund Me" page for Javier and Anthony Limon to help them pay for Rug Doctoring Tony's shroom-infused blood from the carpet. See here:

The go fund me page says: "Anthony has not been able to work much for 3 weeks and Javier is a senior at East High School. Javier just made the East baseball team! Many expenses are being incurred."

Catch that? High schoolers living on their own on Willie St.
Where are the parents?
Will East High intervene in any way?

With the massive social-worker-public-assistance infrastructure Madison has, how does this happen, i.e. how does a high schooler not live with parents or a guardian? I'll stand corrected if Anthony turned 18 and petitioned for a guardianship for young Javier. (Of course, I will then direct my questions to the judge granting that petition....)

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Apr 13, 2015 01:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Maybe the parents aren't up to the task. That's clearly the kids' fault. Let's shoot 'em!

Apr 13, 2015 05:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anonymous @12:26

To what "celebration of guns" are you referring? The one where the licensed concealed carry owner exercised his right and ended a pair's armed robbery spree on the west side of Madison about a week ago? You know, the one where the 2 thugs held a 90 yr old woman at gunpoint while they robbed her? If you're sad about that, try adjusting or switching your prescription.

Apr 14, 2015 11:13 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Was Blaska behind that? Wow... awesome. What can't he do?

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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