Mar 16, 201511:05 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
We need to tell our stories, if they fit the liberal narrative
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To redeem the March 7 death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, who was shot while struggling with a white police officer in Madison, “local peace activist” Bonnie Block prescribes the politics of redistribution, racial preference, and victimhood. In other words: more of the same.
“We need to tell our stories,” says the local peace pest in Friday’s Capital Times. But wait, there’s more. We are assigned to “learn the sobering statistics, and deal with our fears so that we can get over our stupid ‘tough on crime’ mentality, and focus on our responsibility for ending the conditions that cause crime.”
That seems to be the dominant narrative here in the Emerald City. But permit Blaska, local common-sense activist, to suggest that the liberal playbook we’ve been using these last 50 years is part of the problem.
Tell our stories? Here are some stories I hear in the Meadowood neighborhood on Madison’s southwest side: “Did you hear those gunshots?” and “I put in new motion-detector lights.” My old man’s favorite story was shorter than an abridged O. Henry: “No work, no eat.” We did not know that was white privilege.
Sobering statistics? In 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics found that blacks are six times more likely to be victims of murder than whites. At the same time, blacks were murdering eight times more often (34.4 to 4.5 per 100,000). It wasn’t a white cop who killed 17-year-old Karamee Collins Jr. six springs ago in Meadowood. It was other black, teenaged gang bangers.
It is “stupid” to be tough on crime? Consider this: What if Tony Robinson had been sentenced to prison for his armed robbery instead of fitted for an ankle bracelet? Might he be alive today? His possible drug abuse and mental health issues treated? It is instructive that the local Al Sharpton franchise wants the immediate release of only black jail inmates. So much for Dr. King’s content of one’s character. We’ve regressed to “separate but unequal” standards of behavior. We’ve given up on the Constitution.
Bonnie Block says it’s a “crime” that we have so much poverty in our community. There are no opportunities in Madison, Wis.? Bad public schools? Employers are practicing Jim Crow, undetected? It’s the other way around, people: crime causes poverty.
The liberal school board, Common Council, and County Board demand an end to “institutional racism.” If they’re not the institutions in question, who is? Who blocked the Urban League’s proposed Madison Prep charter school, which would have demanded minority achievement? Answer: Mayor Paul Soglin and teachers union boss John Matthews.