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Mar 12, 201512:36 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison’s leaders: profiles in racial cowardice

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Here is a thought: If the judge had sentenced Anthony Terrell Robinson to prison for felony armed robbery last year, might he be alive today? Might he have gotten treatment for the issues (substance abuse? mental illness?) plaguing him?

Might Madison police officer Matt Kenny be spared the trauma of shooting another human being? But Young, Gifted and Black blame the police officer.

I asked awhile back where the mayoral candidates were on race and crime. Now that it can’t be ignored, Paul Soglin, mayor of the Emerald City for much of the last 40 years, is trying to defuse the Ferguson smoldering at his feet.

Turns out that Christian Schneider in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also appreciates the supreme irony of that most righteous of progressives madly tap-dancing:

Paul Soglin remains the clown prince of cluelessness. In a column written shortly after Ferguson, Soglin blamed the city’s racial troubles, in part, on ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, and laid the city’s devastating income gap at the feet of stores such as Amazon and E-Bay.

Former police chief Noble Wray, himself African-American, showed a firmer grasp of the situation when he told blogger David Blaska, “We do have a strong migrating population from Chicago that really does impact this city from a crime standpoint.”

Schneider could have pointed out that Paul Soglin and teachers union boss John Matthews — both white as Wonder Bread — conspired with the state Democratic Party to foist Sarah Manski on the electorate to foil the chances of Latina immigrant Ananda Mirilli in the Madison school board election a couple of years ago. Ms. Mirilli supported Madison Urban League’s proposed charter high school focused on minority race performance.

He could have pointed out that this is a mayor who wanted to enforce liberal orthodoxy by penalizing businesses that contributed to conservative political organizations.

Schneider does point out that when State Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. Dale Kooyenga proposed “a slate of reforms to rejuvenate depressed areas of Milwaukee, they were accused of ‘pimping’ the city’s residents.”

Don’t worry, Wisconsin. The Democratic Party machine that has been running Milwaukee since 1960 (the socialists had it before that) have got things under control. Nothing to see here. Milwaukee can’t miss with Gwen Moore representing the city in Congress.

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Mar 12, 2015 12:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You spout a lot about Tony Robinson here without any facts to back it up. Do you know anything about the felony armed robbery? What was his role? What was his defense? What was his penalty? Maybe you should hold off on JUDGING until you have the facts. Otherwise, aren't you just defaming a dead person? Aren't you turning him into a symbol, the same crime you accuse others of?

Sharpton, a cable tv star, is as much of a cultural influence as Bill O'Reilly. Or David Blaska, for that matter.

I don't disagree with several of the points you make, but you've moved so far into loaded rhetoric and character assassination that it's really impossible to think of what you do as anything other than pure Sharpton-style yammering. Step up and do, Blaska, before you are thoroughly written off.

As far as racial unrest, are you including the frat thugs from Oklahoma? Didn't think so.

Mar 12, 2015 01:18 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

The fraternity that was revoked? It's members who were expelled? No one is marching on their behalf that we know of. No, if it is racial unrest you want, look no further than Ferguson's ambushed police officers. As for Robinson, his felony conviction is a matter of public record. The question you avoid is
: did probation help or hurt him? The Oklahoma students sang a racist song. Robinson committed a home invasion with a deadly weapon. I guess that amounts to moral equivalence in your book.

Mar 12, 2015 01:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska, do you know any black people? In Madison? How many of them would you describe as buying into this victim rhetoric? Because I know quite a few and I don't hear victim stuff from them AT ALL.

Maybe the problem is that you've been hanging out with the wrong people. Like Bill Cosby, the last author you demanded we all read. That guy is sounding a lot like a victim these days, isn't he?

Mar 12, 2015 02:02 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

An anonymous pebble thrower asks: "Do you know any black people? In Madison?"

To answer your question: more than you. You ask, "How many of them buy into this victim rhetoric?" Most do not. Not Kaleem Caire. Not Wayne Strong. Not my candidate for mayor Richard Brown. Not school board member James Howard. Not Isadore Knox. Not former police chief Noble Wray. Not businessman James Monroe. Not SW side community activist "Big Tony" Travis.

Who buys into this victim rhetoric? Aided and abetted by the Al Sharptons, Brandi Graysons, MSNBC, and the likes of Gwen Moore and Chris Larson, it's mostly guilty white liberals like you, anonymous.

Mar 12, 2015 02:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave:

"To answer your question: more than you." Do you know that for fact, or more journalistic cowardice?

Mar 12, 2015 03:13 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

When your white family is entrenched in the white establishment, you don't march (except through the country club buffet line). You go to court. We'll soon hear from young Parker or Trip or whatever his name is when he files suit for infringement of his First Amendment right to sing a racist song.

You insist that the problem with the African American community is that it too often adopts the victim card. Then you list a bunch of African American leaders who defy that stereotype. So why don't you ask them what they think about this shooting? Why don't you ask them about the relationship between police officers and young black men? You should also talk to Ms. Grayson about victimhood. I dare you, in fact. Her daily actions make it pretty clear that she has no interest at all in adopting a victim's mindset. She reminds me so much of you it's scary.

Mar 12, 2015 03:42 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Not only is Obama one of the presidents presiding over racial unrest - he is PROVOKING it with the strong anti-police message his administration is sending. We are constantly bombarded with reports of how many blacks are shot by police and how a greater percentage of blacks are jailed compared to whites. What we never hear about is the crisis in the number of blacks committing crimes. I agree with Rudy Giuliani that Obama is missing a great opportunity as a black leader to lead many black people away from a life of crime.

Mar 12, 2015 03:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

By the way in response to an earlier post, it IS within our First Amendment rights to sing a racist song, just as it is within rappers' first amendment rights to sing about n*ggas and hos and killing cops. . .

Mar 12, 2015 03:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

For the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, bastion of whiteness, and Dave Blaska, to be questioning Paul Soglin's support for minorities and those without voice would be laughable if it were not so far from the truth. The JS can at least be slightly forgiven for being too far away to know what is happening in Madison, but Blaska, not so much.

Mar 12, 2015 04:16 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, your opening paragraph asks a serious question that points out a serious deficiency in our society: our largest provider of mental health services is our prison system. Probably true for substance abuse, too. As public services are reduced, the mentally ill and substance abusers wind up in prison more often. It's a very expensive, and not very effective or efficient, path of treatment. But conservatives love reducing public services so that they can, you know, make government smaller. Serious question: do you support increasing public services, and their funding, to avoid the higher costs (in both tax payer dollars and in wasted lives) of imprisoning people for problems caused by substance abuse and mental illness?
AnonyBob

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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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