Nov 13, 201510:52 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Dane County gets serious about race: work groups will be facilitated
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Reagan’s admonition, “Don’t just do something, stand there,” has been inscribed into the stone lintel over the entrance to the Stately Manor. Words to live by.
Just once, I would like an elected official or candidate to respond to a news reporter’s inevitable “What are you going to do about (name your subject)” with a purposeful stare into the camera and the clearly enunciated answer: “Not a damned thing.”
Most officeholders are cicadas, hard-wired to rapidly vibrate their drum-like tymbals, producing sound and fury — especially when it symbolizes nothing. Looky here, voters. We’re doing something. We’re doing some thing.”
The 37 members of the Dane County Board are no exceptions.
The news story of the year 2015 is Black Lives Matter. Ferguson burned after a convenience store robber attacked an armed police officer, with predictable results. Madison protested after a hallucinating ex-felon attacked an armed police officer, with predictable results. Today, Missouri’s land grant university is roiled by racial grievance. Wisconsin’s counterpart does Simon Says.
Quick! More diversity programs! As if that was the issue. More outreach, as if human service workers in the Emerald City were on permanent lockdown. Time to confront that ol’ devil — white privilege.
Dane County government is poised to create an Office of Equity and Inclusion, built out of multi-colored LEGO bricks and led by iridescent unicorns. It will hire a race studies graduate and pay him/her $106,000 in annual salary and bennies. It will direct him/her to “facilitate” a work group “to develop an equitable framework to ensure access” to the plethora of existing [jail] diversion programs. As if that was the problem.
The County Board also intends to drill the judiciary on how they determine who gets out on bail, how much bail versus signature bonds, etc. As if judges were at fault.
Equity and Inclusion will also train county employees on “implicit bias, racial justice, and trauma-informed [think police shootings] care.” As if county workers were closet racists.