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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!


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Jan 14, 2015 02:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


I agree with most of what yoy said, but do you really have to resort to name calling? It diminishes your argument and certainly lessens the effect among rational folks. Keep to the high road and you may accomplish a little more.

Jan 14, 2015 02:38 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"That’s Blaska in left foreground"

Check your gifted privilege.

Jan 14, 2015 02:48 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Young and Foolish" is not name calling. It sounds like an objective and accurate description . . . . .

Jan 14, 2015 03:40 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Only blacks to be let out of jail?????? Doh, what about equality..I thought it was character not color. Hmmmm, goose and gander

Jan 14, 2015 04:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Yo, Blaska- surprised you gave no shout-out to the Cap Times latest bow to the First Amendment: their banning of readers' comments. Worthy of your attention, I think.
Thank goodness for your blog and Chico's Bail Bonds: Let Freedom Ring!

Jan 14, 2015 04:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This broad paint brushing of Madison as monolithic is getting more and more ridiculous the angrier and more put-upon you feel. It's maybe your political instincts to mark your enemy with ridiculous imagery so you come off looking smart by comparison, but I am still waiting for you to argue with reality and take into honest account what those who disagree with you are actually saying.

Keep congratulating yourself for rounding up three white dudes to hold signs, though. That's quite an accomplishment. You guys are destined for great things. Such an example.

Jan 14, 2015 05:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Just now on the radio, Dave Blaska said "in my darker and meaner moments I call them the Young Foolish and Racists."

These are not moments. These are the full-time norm in Blaska's world.

Jan 14, 2015 07:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hello, anonymous at 4:24:

I will attempt to "take into honest account what those who disagree...are actually saying."

As nearly as I can understand Ms. Grayson's demands, she wants no interaction between blacks and the police, and demands that the police to be expelled from high-crime neighborhoods such as mine. I live near the intersection of Theresa Terrace and Hammersley in SW Madison, which is a mixed-racial neighborhood.

So, I utterly fail to understand how a solution to the problem of impoverished black people in our neighborhood is to expel/dismiss/get rid of the police department. The PD's role, after all, is to protect and to serve all people in the area. The mark of a civilized society is adherence to the rule of law. Without the police to enforce the law, just how will that happen?

For example, it's a matter of record that home invasions have taken place nearby. Apart from the sheer terror of such an incident for the homeowner, how are you suggesting that such a crime be resolved in a police-free zone? By talking nicely to the aggressor?

Most people, I believe, strongly support the Police Chief's insistence that they continue to enforce the law for all people. If you see the problem as too many black people with police records, then perhaps we as society need to figure out how to achieve that. Better parenting in black households? A Boy Scout troop in the neighborhood?

So, now it's your turn to tell me -- without equivocating -- how the Young/Black/Gifted demands will succeed in my high-crime neighborhood. Remember, nobody is disputing that serious crime, such as rolling gun battles, burglaries, robberies, etc., have occurred. Thanks...

Respectfully, Kevin Wymore

Jan 14, 2015 08:52 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

None of this lunacy would be possible without the election of Dear Leader Comrade Obama and the systematic and relentless attacks against the American way of life by his disciples of destruction for the past six years. Obama wanted to turn America into a banana republic with himself as dictator, and he is darn close to accomplishing just that.

Saul Alinsky and Cloward Piven are in play, the gloves come off right now.

Jan 14, 2015 09:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Really Anon? Truth be told, the Young and Foolish are rediculous. Try this - instead of blaming everybody else (police, white privilege, poverty) for your 'predicament', take responsibility for your actions. You aren't owed or entitled to anything more or less than everyone else. And quit crying about not getting yo share when u been sittin on yo poach sippin 40s all day.

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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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