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Aug 31, 201501:10 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Crime? Reverse the charges, depending on race

And they say there’s no waste in the UW System that can be cut.

Exhibit A is a highly placed University of Wisconsin–Madison official who posits a race-based justice system: Police should stop responding to shoplifting and theft at big box stores.

At a University of Wisconsin–Madison panel dealing with “Best Policing Practices,” UW Director of Community Relations Everett Mitchell argued that communities should be able to decide for themselves what laws should be enforced. This is what the enablers call “over policing the community.”

One may ask if Milwaukee is being over policed, having recorded 106 homicides through August 26 compared to 60 through the same period last year. Only eight of those 106 were white; 65 were between the ages 11 and 29.

Mitchell isn’t some race hustler chasing cheap headlines. He’s a highly placed academic and a former assistant district attorney in (where else?) Dane County. The man is laying down the foundations for what amounts to state-sanctioned looting. No wonder the City of Madison has to bribe a grocery store to return to Allied Drive where two previous supermarkets fled the pilferage.

Remarkably, Wisconsin liberals blame … wait for it — Scott Walker!

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore says that Republican Gov. Scott Walker's policies are "tightening the noose, literally, around African-Americans.” Moore cites Walker's opposition to raising the minimum wage, requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, and requiring drug testing for public aid recipients as disproportionately hurting African-Americans.

Sad to think these people are regarded as African-American leaders. Think about what they are saying: black people are a) chronic thieves, b) incapable of properly identifying themselves, and c) addicted to drugs. As for the minimum wage, the scourge facing black communities is the inability of young people to get that first, character-building job. Instead, Moore institutionalizes failure and perpetuates the cult of black victimhood. (And it is “figuratively,” not “literally.”)

How demeaning to an entire people! George Corley Wallace was never more racist.

Too many arrests or too many crimes?

Recasting the criminal as victim of an unjust society is the first chapter of the liberal-progressive-socialist playbook. Former Dane County Board member Andy Olson writes, “Scott Walker has a sorry record on race. He was the leader for passing longer and unforgiving sentences for crimes. Walker's political grandstanding filled our jails and helped Wisconsin become one of the states with the worst racial disparities for imprisonment.”

“This is why I tried to hold Scott Walker accountable for his racist policies in Wisconsin,” chimed in former Madison Dem legislator Brett Hulsey.

The over-representation of blacks in prison, chimed in another Madison liberal on Facebook, is owing to “racist cops, racist lawmakers, and racist judges.” Even in progressive Madison (where two of the last three police chiefs have been black — and that’s not counting the sainted David Couper) apparently, where African-Americans account for 7% of Madison’s population but 45% of the arrests, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Rogue cops exist but they’re not the ones pulling the trigger on the killing fields of Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans, and Milwaukee. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that blacks are eight times more likely to murder (34.4 per 100,000) than whites (4.5/100,000) and are six times more likely to be victims of murder. Unless you think racist police planted the murder victims.

Vester Flanagan is not the only one to cry racism where it does not exist.

Straight outta positive role models

What is the top-grossing motion picture these days? Straight Outta Compton, a movie that glorifies gangsta depravity.

It is the story of the seminal hip hop group, N.W.A. (Niggaz Wit Attitudes), which glorified “sadistic sex, misogyny, gun violence, and all-around thuggery,” reports Jason L. Riley in the Wall Street Journal. “Typical are the lyrics to a song on their second album that invoke gang rape of a 14-year-old preacher’s daughter.”

These rappers specialized in pushing a vulgar nihilism that has poisoned urban America for decades and retarded upward mobility. The enemy was social order and anyone who promoted it, from parents to teachers to cops.

It’s a genre praised by the likes of Michael Eric Dyson and UW–Madison’s Havens Center. Meanwhile in murderous Milwaukee:

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: ”A video played in a courtroom Friday reveals a dangerous midday scene on a Milwaukee street: [a total of 36] young men brazenly waving guns and large stacks of cash before the camera, boasting about selling drugs, and threatening to shoot at police if officers come down the one-way stretch,” while children played nearby.

This is the lifestyle they have chosen, the smartphone videographer reports. The gang known as Big Money Addicts sells drugs out of stolen cars.

As in Baltimore, criminals are taking advantage of the retreat of Milwaukee police, cowed by demagogues like Al Sharpton and acolytes like Brandi Grayson and affinity groups like Black Lives Matter.

“Members of the outfit are aware of the Milwaukee Police Department's limits on vehicle pursuits and are exploiting that policy to deal drugs and reap huge profits,” the Milwaukee newspaper reports.

Bonus question: Who poses the bigger threat to young African-American men? Answer suggested here.

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Aug 31, 2015 04:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

We get no link to any reports of the UW official's remarks. Why? Could it be because the hyper partisan Media Trackers reported them completely out of context? Dave, are you at all familiar with Everett Mitchell's work in this community? Perhaps you should educate yourself before blasting away.

Aug 31, 2015 04:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Really? The Havens Center praises gangsta rap and NWA? Not on its website, it doesn't. You're really demagoguing today, aren't you?

As for the scene of mens brazenly waving guns in the air, sounds a lot like Ted Nugent at an NRA convention, does it not?

Milwaukee is a cesspool for a variety of reasons. I wonder when politicians will stop kicking it around as an example of its failures and step up to actually do some real work there. What fun would that be, though? Can't blog while you're working.

Aug 31, 2015 05:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What is the difference, Divine Dave, between Ice Cube and Mario Puzzo? One glorifies the criminal gangster's life with a richly told tale as brutal as it is engrossing, as profane as it is perplexing, opting for reality over judgment. His story is embraced by the very criminals he portrays and a generation after his masterwork was released, a second generation of hoodlums returns to it again and again, reciting lines from memory, even while engaging in the troubling actions the work disturbingly chronicles. Which one am I talking about? Cube or Puzzo?

Sep 1, 2015 09:52 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

There has been a lot of work, largely ignored (by the ignorant - sorry for the oxymoron) exposing the lack of a violator baseline. is an excellent overview of one study, showing the racial profile of violators, and incidentally showing that more blacks violate the law. This study reflects a topic of great interest in 2002, traffic stops.

Officer-initiated actions and complaints about them likewise ignore the differential illegal behavior.

I saw the State Journal story and was appalled at the ignorance; there was a bit of lip service to differential behavior but not as a real explanation - the headlines gave the opposite impression.

Thanks, Dave, for bringing this out.

Sep 1, 2015 10:21 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Link for Everett MItchell's comments:

Blaska - you contribute just as much of this nonsense to Madison as the Everett Mitchells and the Brandi Graysons. You were all about excusing black dysfunction so long as you could round up the little blacks and send them to your special segregated schools run by your pal Kaleem-"accounting irregularities"-Caire. Honestly, how different is your racially segregated school idea versus not enforcing shoplifting at Target based on race?

This is a good piece that calls attention to the perverse way Madison views these issues. Just don't pretend you aren't part of that perversion.

- "Citizen Dave's Remington 700"

Sep 1, 2015 10:46 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

I am really enjoying the improvement in race relations under President Obama.

Sep 1, 2015 12:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So Scott Walker is "tightening the noose, literally, around African Americans." In other words, his policies amount to a lynching. And according to Mrs. Clinton, Walker must be a terrorist since he's a Republican and Republicans, as we all know, are engaged in an all-out assault on women. Remember awhile back when Walker drew a parallel between union protestors and terrorists? Madison liberals had a major hissy-fit. Where's the outrage now? At least Walker's analogy had some basis in fact: he and his family did receive death threats while the protests were underway, and several protestors on the Capitol Square were proudly brandishing signs that read "Walker=Terrorist." Apparently dropping the T-Bomb is perfectly okay if you're a Democrat but let a Republican try the same tactic and liberals get all red-faced and sputtering.

Sep 1, 2015 03:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It's amazing that the liberal mindset refuses to acknowledge the statistics cited by the WSJ and the U.S. Department of Justice. It's also incredulous that liberals cannot grasp the fact that the very agenda they promote, simply exasperates the racial disparity issue.

Sep 1, 2015 05:56 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Expat. I assume that's sarcasm. I'm glad you acknowledge things haven't improved. Let me point out the obvious - electing a black man to the White House sure has inflamed all the conservative GOP racists. Try to avoid another inane "party of Lincoln" response.

Sep 1, 2015 06:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The tired "race relations under Obama" drivel is really hard to stomach. On the one hand, it's such a pure, unadulterated parroting of the talk radio right. On the other hand, it so ignorant of the idea that racists are so incensed by an African American president (except they like to drop the American) that everything is a race war with them.

Is that who you want to ride with MadisonExpat?

Blacks offend more than whites, say these folks who had their minds made up a long time ago. Ever wonder why? Ever wonder what you can do to help with the root problems?

Why would you when spouting out about "the blacks" and "race relations" makes you so happy? It's like a hobby for y'all. Like suddenly becoming the President McKinley fan club and claiming that the return of a mountain to its original name is somehow reverse racist.

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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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