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Jan 12, 201511:37 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Who will call out the Young, Foolish and Racist of Madison?

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A gaggle of maybe two-dozen noisemakers are mining the seemingly inexhaustible reserves of liberal white guilt in Madison, Wis., in order to advance a new, separate-but-unequal racial apartheid. Being Madison, they will be taken seriously.

They call themselves “Young, Gifted and Black.” They have issued what they are calling “demands.” (H. Rap Brown called; he wants the ’70s back.)

Specifically, the Young and the Foolish want:

•  The immediate release of 350 jail inmates incarcerated for what it calls “crimes of poverty.” Blacks only; impoverished whites or Asians need not apply, apparently.

The number 350 is only a point in time; the group estimates that in any calendar year, 3,900 black inmates cycle in and out of the Dane County jail, which typically holds 800 inmates. (Here is its full open letter to the sheriff.)

•  Their “demand” of Madison police is even more draconian. “The relationship that we desire to have with the police is simple: no interaction.”

In other words: apartheid policing or non-policing. “Our ultimate goal is to be able to hold our own communities accountable and to expel what we consider an occupying force in our neighborhoods. Our people need opportunities for self-determination, not policing.” (The complete open letter to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval is here.)

God help those who want to better themselves in those non-policed communities!

So now we wait for Chief Koval’s answer. We wait for Sheriff David Mahoney, an elected Democrat, to respond. We wait for Mayor Soglin, County Exec Parisi, the County Board, the Common Council, the Voice of Progressivism, the State Journal, the many mayoral candidates — anybody home? — to shout, “Fuhgaddabouddit! Not going to happen. Sell stupid someplace else.”

But it won’t be anytime soon. This is Madison, the Emerald City, the place where the 1960s went into assisted living. Where the looming race card silences dissent. Whose greatest virtue is to be nonjudgmental. (The city and county are flummoxed by drunken vagrants who have taken over City Hall with their billowing piles of junk and strategically placed excrement.) A city of damnable white privilege.

An example of liberal guilt is this kowtowing from a member of the Southwest Madison Community Organizers (composed of four neighborhood associations, churches, and city and county elected officials).

Young and Foolish demands “self-determination, not policing”?

“This statement is one of the most succinct and cogent statements of where our Southwest neighborhood associations had promised to go,” said Orchard Ridge Neighborhood Association board member Larry Winkler on the local Nextdoor social networking website.

Really? Police hereabouts are intake workers for a full-featured social services system — hardly “an occupying force.” Sheriff Mahoney wants to turn the jail into a mental health treatment center. (Not without justification on either account, it says here.)

You want to hold your own communities accountable? Then get started! No one is stopping you.


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Jan 12, 2015 02:41 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

As the first to report both Young and Gifted's "demands" and Madison Police Chief Koval's response. let's give credit to the new chief for being the first to call out Madison's political correctness and its trembling news media. No Charlie Hebdo's here! Take it away, Chief Mike Koval:

"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. I'm done with allowing this kind of rhetoric to go unchallenged. Perhaps others in Madison are afraid to violate the rules of political correctness and say what I am saying (including the media). I cannot control the public debate, but I will not stay silent. I am 56 years old, this is my last job, and I am calling you out as a group (I guess it's a good thing that I don't run for public office and can say what I mean and mean what I say)."

Jan 12, 2015 03:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The voice of progressivism beat you to the punch by an hour:

Jan 12, 2015 03:04 pm
 Posted by  John

I don't know if I'm more shocked by the idiocy of the "demands" or the cogency of Koval's response. Well done, Chief.

Jan 12, 2015 03:49 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Anon at 3:03 ... I reported Young and Gifted at 11:37 a.m. and added Chief Koval's response at 12:49 this afternoon with links to full statement. Added more quotes at 2:41.

Jan 12, 2015 04:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"I reported Young and Gifted at 11:37 a.m. and added Chief Koval's response at 12:49 this afternoon with links to full statement."

Fine. Now which entity became open-shop no-mandatory union dues first: My Cap Times Progressive Voice or your Blaska's Bring It!?

Jan 12, 2015 05:22 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

A minor grammatical quibble: it's "on" Staten Island, not "in" Staten Island. As one who was born and raised "on the Island," this is standard for the locals.
By the way, SI was a great place to grow up. When we moved from there to the Midwest (1964), there was still at least one dairy farm there, believe it or not. Same year the Verrazano Narrows bridge- our only bridge to another part of NY- opened and SI was flooded with people from Brooklyn.

Jan 13, 2015 02:39 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"to expel what we consider an occupying force in our neighborhoods..."

As a non-resident I ask: is there some set of definite bounded areas in Madison that are "theirs", i.e. exclusively black?

Because the other residents of a mixed neighborhood have a right to police protection.

Maybe there should be such areas. And if black people go anywhere else, they would be subject to the jurisdiction of that same oppressive police department, so maybe they should be confined to such areas.

That seems to be what these "activists" want - self-governing bantustans. Or, as George Wallace famously said, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."

--Rich Rostrom (Chicago)

Jan 13, 2015 06:29 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

As an organization in Madison Wisconsin, "Young Black and Gifted" could not exist without the tacit acceptance of "Old White Guilt Ridden and Cowardly".
And stupid, really stupid.

Jan 13, 2015 07:21 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I think you and the chief are completely misreading this. Look more carefully and refrain, for even a second, from judging (I know, it's hard): The relationship we desire to have with the police is simple: no interaction."

Isn't that the relationship we ALL desire to have with the police? I know that's the relationship I tell my kids I want THEM to have with the police: No interaction. If they're interacting with the police, that's not a good day.

Nothing personal, cops. But I hope to never be in contact with you. I don't enjoy interacting with police because they're suspicious and aggressive. I'd prefer they stay away from my house and car and person entirely.

Jan 13, 2015 09:07 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hey anonymous 7:21!

Please tell us your name, address, car description and license plate number so we can notify 911 not to bother when you call in for help when your house is being broken into or car vandalized. You must be the antithesis of YG&B; OS&W!

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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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