Madison’s leaders: profiles in racial cowardice

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.



Schneider points out that Paul Ryan proposed an opportunity society — but gets hooted down by the reactionaries of the Democratic Party, wedded as it is to cultivating the victim plantation.

Can anyone say that redistribution is working? Aren’t we all responsible for our own conduct? Aren’t you tired of the victim culture? Who is helped by a double standard of behavior? (We all got into trouble at the age of 19, said the uncle. We all committed felonious armed robbery?) Who is helped by the liberal playbook? Not Tony Robinson.

Fancying himself the big-screen drug kingpin Tony Montana, young Robinson would describe himself as a ‘real n***a from the start till the casket shut,” according to this source. Those are symptoms of dysfunction crying for intervention. But keep the police out of “our neighborhoods,” say demagogues like Brandi Grayson. Empty the jails, says Young and Foolish.

And the local editorialists — profiles in cowardice, victims of liberal Stockholm syndrome — keep their silence.

The culture promulgated by Al Sharpton and Paul Soglin is diseased. If your humble squire lacks the requisite melanin to be credible, then turn to Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal: “Faulting ghetto culture for ghetto outcomes remains largely taboo among those who have turned bad behavior into a symbol of racial authenticity.”

Your reading assignment and mine is Riley’s new book, Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.

Pop quiz — Which two presidents in the last 60 years have presided over the most racial unrest? If you answered Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama, go to the head of the class.

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