Nov 4, 201308:50 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Dane County’s latest social experiment: race-based justice?
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Dane County’s progressives are more afraid of being called racist than of being mugged. The Wisconsin State Journal, an honest source of news, led off its story this way:
Some of Dane County’s troubling problems with inequality in the criminal justice system could be offset by new initiatives to funnel more African-American suspects into special courts aimed at rehabilitation, officials say.
“Community courts” would take 17- to 25-year-olds from neighborhoods with high concentrations of racial minorities and place them in a restorative justice program where they can make amends for minor offenses without getting criminal records that would hurt them when looking for jobs and housing.
Those officials are people like County Executive Joe Parisi, a very nice man; County Board Chairman John Hendrick, Progressive Dane; and District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, D-Jim Doyle.
Race-based courts? Have we lifted the blindfold from Lady Justice? (No fair peeking.) Benevolent apartheid? Are we asking sociologists from the Havens Center to redistribute justice — taking from those who presumably have too much to give to those whom the “experts” decide don’t have enough? Madison progs are troubled that 40% of county jail inmates are black compared to 6% of the total population. Of course, that doesn’t tell us what percentage of the crime was committed by race. But does that really matter?
Crime is crime. A mugging committed by a white person is no less onerous. Are second-generation Asian kids less deserving of a chance to avoid the criminal record that would hurt them when looking for jobs and housing?
The progressive obsession with race is, of course, outdated. Barack Obama “identifies” as black. The late, great John Patrick Hunter of The Capital Times specified that his driver’s license list “Negro” under race. What constitutes a “high concentration of racial minorities”?
It must be said that Madison — run by liberals the last 40 years — has skewed its own numbers by virtually inviting a disproportionate admixture of violent Chicago-based gang bangers.
Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke responds:
The only racism that exists in the Dane County criminal justice system is towards victims of crime who are typically poor and black. They are victimized twice, first by the crook and again when the system’s revolving door justice rewards criminals by placing them back into black neighborhoods to re-offend.
This proposed policy is sheer lunacy. ... It is a social engineering experiment that has failed before with devastating effects on poor and black neighborhoods that are already under siege by the criminal element. Criminals repeat their anti-social behavior when they experience no negative effects or consequences to their criminality. Criminal behavior will only change when offenders are punished for their unwanted behavior. This is why the caseload in the Dane County Court system is backlogged. The same criminals keep passing through the revolving door with new criminal cases.
Corporate news bias
Could this be any more biased? A supposed news story at The Capital Times (The Corporation That speaks as if it were a person):
Corporate education reform foe Diane Ravitch will visit Madison next month and activists are using the occasion to inform local citizens about the movement to privatize schools.
“Corporate-education reform?” (It should be hyphenated.) Are Geoffrey Canada, Joel Klein, Davis Guggenheim, Howard Fuller, Kaleem Caire, Michelle Rhee, and a couple thousand low-income Wisconsin families closet Koch Brothers? What about the clear majority of state residents (51% to 45%) who support expanding vouchers statewide?
Corporatist Koch whores, the lot of them, if you buy into the conspiracy mongering from the progressives. Nothing wrong with our schools, says Mizz Ravitch, that a few more billion dollars wouldn’t fix.