Mar 19, 201511:39 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Madison created a Young & Foolish monster and is now afraid to destroy it
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Madison has been put on notice. It will reap the whirlwind no matter how the Wisconsin Justice Department rules in the shooting death of a troubled, mixed-race 19-year-old by a white police officer.
Brandi Grayson is determined to become the younger, female successor to race huckster Al Sharpton, her mentor. Nothing — not justice, not truth, not fair play — will spoil her main chance for the big payday.
“What will happen after this non-indictment will mimic Ferguson, and that, my dear, will be on your hands.”
She said this in front of the Madison Common Council, Mayor Paul Soglin, and the city cable TV cameras this week. She was speaking directly to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, who visited the grieving mother. Mr. Sensitivity Training himself. (The news story here.)
Soglin, who made his bones protesting government during the Vietnam War, said nothing. The 20 members of the Common Council sat silent. No one defended truth, justice, or fair play.
“Your collective silence is DEAFENING,” Chief Koval emailed the alders the next day, after listening to Grayson and her organization Young, Gifted and Black accuse the police “of everything from being sanctioned murderers to racists.”
“The council has had many opportunities to infuse some level of comfort to [officers] working in very tense situations. At some point, I wonder where the validation for their efforts will begin to resonate.” (More here.)
Did we write that Madison’s leaders were profiles in racial cowardice? Yes, we did.
Where is the mayor — if not to defend his police department then to excoriate the bloodlust of Young and Foolish? Or his opponent in the April 7 election, Ald. Scott Resnick?
Must we wait for Alex Gee, Michael Johnson, Kaleem Caire, and Noble Wray to do some housekeeping?
Where is the Wisconsin State Journal, aside from “the likes of” Chris Rickert doing his infamous balancing act? (Only he can see both sides of perdition.) Joe Parisi, as county exec, you’ve got a stake in this. Surely, State Sen. Fred Risser knows better. Rep. Terese Berceau? If Madison’s elected Democratic machine won’t speak out, can its business leaders? Zach Brandon, use the bully pulpit. Who will lead?