Mar 1, 201308:48 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Minority reaction to the Manski gambit: ‘That anger is growing louder. Believe it!’
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Madison’s minority race community is at full boil over the Sarah Manski scandal and they are not going to take it anymore. Blaska’s Bring It! revealed the smoking gun Wednesday of the Manskis’ high-tech slander campaign to block Latina candidate Ananda Mirilli in the low-turnout Madison School Board primary.
We excerpt here a scathing editorial written by the editor-in-chief of The Madison Times, a weekly newspaper that caters to the minority community. This appears in its Feb. 27 edition.
Sarah Manski dropping out of the Madison Metropolitan School District school board race less than 48 hours after winning the primary was another swift kick in the gut to Madison’s minority population.
The unfortunate consequence of this was the silencing and the marginalization of a woman of color – Ananda Mirilli – in a city that frequently and consistently silences its people of color ... because another one of Madison’s liberal power elites treated her school board race as a back-up plan. That’s a special kind of entitlement. It’s the manifestation of blatant white privilege.
It all started with some far-fetched fiction from a Manski letter blasted out to listservs as she launched her campaign:
“One of Sarah’s opponents in this 3-way race is a supporter of using public tax dollars to fund private schools. She was recruited by the former head of a Bradley Foundation-funded group that promotes the corporate takeover of public education.”
... I asked Ananda about all of the allegations and illicit ties she was supposed to have had and she just looked at me sadly and said, “I have no idea. I don’t know any of these people. ... I’m just a working-class single mother who lives on Rimrock Road who is passionate about education and wants to see something better for our children. It’s really sad that they have to do this to me.”
And so the MMSD School Board race that came crashing down pretty much typifies the status of race relations ... White elite liberals dictating to, condescending to, and manipulating Madison’s communities of color. ... As the Editor in Chief of The Madison Times Weekly Newspaper and the Vice President of ... Centro Hispano ..., I have attended just about every major minority event, forum, scholarship fund-raiser, reading day, conference, gala, educational awards ceremony, and more over the last decade. And most of the minor ones. Not once have I ever seen Mrs. Manski or Mr. [T.J.] Mertz at any of them. Not once. ...
... While our discussion of the horrendous achievement gap that has existed in Madison for 40-plus years was finally started by a black guy, it’s only allowed to be discussed and solved by a small group of whites who have no feel for, connection to, or dialogue with the minority communities they want to save. ... Madison’s minority population has always felt disrespected, ignored, talked down to, condescended, misunderstood, and lied about by the greater white liberal elite power structure.
... that anger is growing louder. Believe it.
Wayne Strong, Ananda Mirilli, James Howard – not acceptable to the Madison Machine
Community leader Derrell Connor writes:
... I’m glad that Ananda Mirilli decided not to run as a write in candidate. By doing so, it would make her supporters pretend that nothing shady happened here, and that Mirilli DIDN’T get screwed over. And by the way, where are all the high-powered liberal establishment Manski supporters at? Where are the calls for an investigation into what happened and who else was involved in this scheme? Your silence is deafening.
This was about Kaleem Caire, the Urban League of Greater Madison, and Madison Prep. Almost anyone that supported the idea of Madison Prep has been labeled as a right wing operative that’s determined to destroy public schools. Ananda Mirilli spoke in support of Madison Prep. So they already knew that she was running at least partly to make sure that Mirilli didn’t make it past the primary, and the other reason was to stop Scott Walker (but nothing about the actual students though, or the achievement gap).
A Facebook comment from the ubiquitous Stu Levitan:
[Sarah Manski] has embarrassed the entire progressive community, and needs to apologize. ... all the high powered libs I know (except the ones who work at The Cap Times) are mightily steamed about this, too, and feel they’ve been played by Manski's. No one I know is defending her/them.
School board members Ed Hughes and Mary Burke, who are not up for election this year, are making a statement by backing retired police officer and community leader Wayne Strong for Seat 3 on the school board.
Hughes and Burke write: “Wayne’s opponent, Dean Loumos, has been endorsed by Madison Teachers Inc. (MTI), Progressive Dane, the Teaching Assistants’ Association, the South Central Federation of Labor AFL-CIO and the Four Lakes Green Party. [And the Dane County Democratic Party – Blaska.] To counter the resources of these organizations, Wayne is counting on the financial support of individuals like you to help him bring his message of positive change to the voters. We’ll be blunt: Given recent events, we believe that the outcome of Wayne’s School Board race is critical to the future of our Madison schools and to the efforts we must undertake to ensure that we have the kind of school district our community wants and expects.”
Burke and Hughes are hosting a fundraiser for Strong from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Brink Lounge.