Jan 14, 201501:24 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
In progressive Madison, perpetrators are victims, police are enemies
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Someone had to stand against Young, Gifted and Black at their rally Tuesday evening.
So it was good to see Tom Brew, Todd Osborne, and Steve Hufton join the Squire on the freezing cold steps of the City-County Building Tuesday afternoon to counter the noisy group agitating for an apartheid justice system in Dane County.
Screenshot from WISC TV-3 News. That’s Blaska in left foreground, Grayson handing out leaflets in County Board chambers.
We held signs reading, “All Lives Matter” (to counter their “Black Lives Matter” banner), “Black Cops Are Not Racist,” and “Justice Is Colorblind.”
We did not interrupt Young and Foolish leader Brandi Grayson’s anti-law and order rant. Got to admit, she is a very accomplished demagogue. Professionally trained, it would seem. Equipped with a bullhorn, the young woman gets her followers revved up with “Power to the People” chants, then conveys her message of anger and victimization. (Explained in detail in Monday’s Bring It!)
Turns out the young lady is a cousin of Kaleem Caire, which explains his regrettable reticence to criticize, though his message of empowerment and personal responsibility is diametrically opposed.
She did not back down Tuesday from her demands for the immediate release of 350 jail inmates — black only. Young and Foolish stands firm on no-police zones despite the equivocating reported by other sources.
Grayson’s group gave no ground despite the strong retort Police Chief Mike Koval issued Monday:
I will not buy into the naive supposition that our community’s disparity issues are largely owing to a pervasive pattern of systemic racism by MPD. In fact, I’m fed up with my Department being blamed for everything from male pattern baldness to global warming. It is time for Young, Gifted, and Black to look a lot deeper at the issues besetting our people of color and stop pandering to the “blame game” of throwing my Department to the wolves. (Koval’s complete statement here.)
After our anti-racism rally, your correspondent headed for the second-floor chambers for a chance to testify before the county’s Public Protection and Judiciary Committee, which is considering $8 million to study jail expansion. Guess who was the only speaker in favor?
A county supervisor had related the third-hand tale of a victim of poverty imprisoned for stealing a $10 coat. Les Miserables! I assured the supervisors that no one was incarcerated in Dane County for stealing a $10 coat. Contrary to Young and Foolish:
• Inmates are not jailed for poverty but for behavior. They committed, or are accused of committing, a crime. Are black people in Madison confronted more regularly by police? Probably.
• Everyone in high-crime areas sees more police. Write this down because there will be a test later: High-crime areas are home to more victims than perpetrators. That’s why one of our signs read, “Home robbed? Call a Protester.” Yes, minority races are disproportionately victims of crime. It is a calumny to impute that poor people are criminals. But — outside the Bernie Madoffs and Mexican drug kingpins — criminals are impoverished.
• Crime causes poverty. Crime is symptomatic of poor decision-making. Some of my 12 years of service on the County Board was spent on the committee overseeing Dane County’s $300 million social services system (three times the amount spent on public safety). I know this:
• Police hereabouts are intake workers for social services. One of our signs read, “Police Help the Poor.” Sheriff Dave Mahoney, an elected Democrat, is no Bull Connor. Mahoney is asking for a $150 million expansion of the jail to better treat mental illness and alcohol and other drug abuse. Isn’t that a good thing? Young and Foolish, racist to the core, demands the immediate release of 350 inmates — but only if they are the right skin color. Good luck treating them!