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Feb 6, 201410:50 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

If Russell Wilson and Bill Cosby don’t blame whitey, why are Madison bridges racist?

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Wisconsin Badgers and Seattle Seahawks football fans should do a jump-around to celebrate the fact that Madison Ald. Anita Weir had no contact with quarterback Russell Wilson during his formative years.

The Super Bowl winner told post-game interviewers that he grew up (in the old Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.) being encouraged to think “why not me?” Never mind that he was considered too short for the pro game, so much so that he dropped to the third round on draft day and was picked only after his team had already signed — for big bucks — the Packers’ Matt Flynn. Russell Wilson aspired!

Ald. Weier’s quote in a recent Capital Times column is so infuriating that it bears repeating because it is not an outlier but represents Madison’s white establishment thinking.

“Imagine growing up in a large apartment complex that may or may not be well-maintained, surrounded by neighborhoods made up of single-family homes that you cannot aspire to,” she wrote.

You cannot aspire! Could anything be more racist!?

For Madison’s ruling liberals, racism explains everything. It is the Rosetta Stone that unlocks all mysteries. Individual initiative? Hard work? Delayed gratification? Respect for the community? That’s your subconscious white racism talking, they will tell you.

Is Madison’s Cannonball bicycle bridge racist? It IS white.

Even the new Cannonball bike bridge over the Beltline is an example of racism, however unconscious, according to Mayor Soglin. Hizzoner tells The Capital Times that minorities don’t bike. (And Charlie don’t surf, according to the movie Apocalypse Now.) One wonders what to make of Ald. John Strasser’s complaint of too many pit bulls in town.

Of course, the City of Madison has a Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative. Madison leaders heard from Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative manager (as reported by Patricia Schneider), who told the group that much of bias is unconscious. If you are racist and you know it, clap your hands!

Said Seattle’s professional race-monger: “If employers are limiting their pool of applicants to people who don’t have criminal backgrounds, they are excluding a disproportionate number of people of color.” Yes, it is now racist to hire law-abiding workers.

Race is irrelevant; behavior is what counts

Democrats in January introduced Senate Bill 538, “The Minority Impact Statement Bill” to address “institutionalized racism.” It requires a racial impact statement anytime a new crime is created or a criminal penalty for an existing crime is modified.

White people are not the problem. Madison’s ruling white liberals are so afraid to be called racist that they refrain from criticizing destructive behaviors. Instead, they double down on the race card, blaming unconscious, subliminal racism.

“We are all swimming in the water of white privilege,” Madison School Board President Ed Hughes writes.

How propitious, then, is the arrival in Madison this March 26-29 of a four-day carnival of guilt. Yes, it’s the White Privilege Conference! Its goal: to “dismantle Whiteness” (which it capitalizes).

It’s put on by something called the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity & Inclusion, attached to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Outrageously, it is co-sponsored by the City of Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Madison Area Technical College — taxpayer-supported government entities, all.

Did we say that racism explains everything? Yes, racism explains global warming. One of the seminars promises “to replace white liberalism with racial justice as our communities organize in response to climate change.”

Remember Z! Haukness? (Yes, that is his name.) He specialized in breaking and entering into vacant homes and claiming them for “the homeless” a few years ago. (WMTV-15 had the story.) Must have got his sociology degree because now he is presenting at the March conference called “Where Are all the White People?” Goal: “to build a broadā€based, multi-racial progressive movement for racial, social, environmental and economic justice.” Economic justice: aka, socialism.

Your tax dollars at work?

The young woman who championed the drunken vagrants who had taken over Brittingham Park six years ago, much to the distress of the surrounding neighborhood, is also presenting. “What’s a White Parent to Do?” asks Kristen Petroshius. She’ll be “talking White privilege with our kids, understanding the impact of racism in schools, and advocating for racial justice.”

The message of the Matrix Center’s White Privilege Conference is that white people are the problem. Until we fix their white racism, minority races are condemned to victimhood.


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Feb 7, 2014 07:18 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You are nothing but a white man who is afraid of losing his white entitled privilege.

Feb 7, 2014 07:47 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The liberals keep disparaging the black community by telling them they are incapable of doing anything for themselves without government help. Dr. King once had a dream, but apparently, after decades of liberal brainwashing, blacks no longer are allowed to dream without government approval. The only white privilege that exists is that taken by liberals to enslave the blacks again.

Feb 7, 2014 08:13 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Z! has a funny name, and is therefore an object of your ridicule (the currency of this blog, it seems), but since he actually works each day trying to find help for people in our community, he probably knows a lot more than someone who spends none of his time working on those issues.

Feb 7, 2014 08:43 am
 Posted by  coolkevs

Anon 8:13, I don't believe Blaska has a record, but Z! sure does. So, we must listen to Z! because he was just misunderstood when he broke into those homes.

Feb 7, 2014 12:10 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hizzoner should come to Sun Prairie. Minorities riding bikes all over town. On second though, stay in Madison Paulie.

Feb 7, 2014 06:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

David, interesting that you support spending $3.6 million on a bridge to no where - why would anyone put in a bridge before the trails to the bridge are put in, specially when they are different phases - every heard government not finishing "phases" of a plan?

Feb 9, 2014 10:00 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Didn't know I supported the bridge, Anon at 6:03 p.m.

Feb 10, 2014 03:41 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

The concept of one color being privileged has few elements: white guilt and gullibility and the bigotry of lowered expectations.

Apr 2, 2014 11:27 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

If you believe that all people are created equal, and you acknowledge that non-whites meet with more systemic issues, and resistance than whites, then saying that the problem of racism resides within us whites is to blaming whitey. It is acknowledging that even though progress happens that more needs to happen. A society that has a population that's 30% black but a prison population that's 60% black should take a good look at itself. the discomfort some of us whites feel at looking at ourselves as a source of racial inequity is nothing compared to what our brothers and sisters of color are experiencing.

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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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