Who will call out the Young, Foolish and Racist of Madison?
A gaggle of maybe two-dozen noisemakers are mining the seemingly inexhaustible reserves of liberal white guilt in Madison, Wis., in order to advance a new, separate-but-unequal racial apartheid. Being Madison, they will be taken seriously.
They call themselves “Young, Gifted and Black.” They have issued what they are calling “demands.” (H. Rap Brown called; he wants the ’70s back.)
Specifically, the Young and the Foolish want:
• The immediate release of 350 jail inmates incarcerated for what it calls “crimes of poverty.” Blacks only; impoverished whites or Asians need not apply, apparently.
The number 350 is only a point in time; the group estimates that in any calendar year, 3,900 black inmates cycle in and out of the Dane County jail, which typically holds 800 inmates. (Here is its full open letter to the sheriff.)
• Their “demand” of Madison police is even more draconian. “The relationship that we desire to have with the police is simple: no interaction.”
In other words: apartheid policing or non-policing. “Our ultimate goal is to be able to hold our own communities accountable and to expel what we consider an occupying force in our neighborhoods. Our people need opportunities for self-determination, not policing.” (The complete open letter to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval is here.)
God help those who want to better themselves in those non-policed communities!
So now we wait for Chief Koval’s answer. We wait for Sheriff David Mahoney, an elected Democrat, to respond. We wait for Mayor Soglin, County Exec Parisi, the County Board, the Common Council, the Voice of Progressivism, the State Journal, the many mayoral candidates — anybody home? — to shout, “Fuhgaddabouddit! Not going to happen. Sell stupid someplace else.”
But it won’t be anytime soon. This is Madison, the Emerald City, the place where the 1960s went into assisted living. Where the looming race card silences dissent. Whose greatest virtue is to be nonjudgmental. (The city and county are flummoxed by drunken vagrants who have taken over City Hall with their billowing piles of junk and strategically placed excrement.) A city of damnable white privilege.
An example of liberal guilt is this kowtowing from a member of the Southwest Madison Community Organizers (composed of four neighborhood associations, churches, and city and county elected officials).
Young and Foolish demands “self-determination, not policing”?
“This statement is one of the most succinct and cogent statements of where our Southwest neighborhood associations had promised to go,” said Orchard Ridge Neighborhood Association board member Larry Winkler on the local Nextdoor social networking website.
Really? Police hereabouts are intake workers for a full-featured social services system — hardly “an occupying force.” Sheriff Mahoney wants to turn the jail into a mental health treatment center. (Not without justification on either account, it says here.)
You want to hold your own communities accountable? Then get started! No one is stopping you.
Of course, Young and Foolish is feeding on the carrion of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., the Can’t Breathe guy in Staten Island, and Milwaukee’s Dontre Hamilton case. Racial demagoguery pays; just ask Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
In its open letter to Police Chief Mike Koval, Young and Foolish contends, “We understand that the system of policing and incarceration is closely linked to the system of slavery and the continued oppression of black people.”
It is now 50 years since the brave march for civil rights at Selma, Ala. A black man is president of the United States; another is attorney general. But this is what progressivism has been reduced to; having failed on its promise to lift people up, it has now embarked on dumbing them down.
Let the voices of common sense be heard
May I suggest that the few, the brave, and the commonsensical express our opinion directly to Young and Gifted via this email address: email@example.com?
The message is accountability and responsibility — not the soft bigotry of lowered expectations.
UPDATE: Madison Police Chief Koval responded via his blog late this morning:
While there were many concerns and "demands" that were directed to me, one paragraph stood out for its "shock" value. The paragraph is as follows:
THE RELATIONSHIP THAT WE DESIRE TO HAVE WITH THE POLICE IS SIMPLE: NO INTERACTION (my emphasis). Our ultimate goal is to be able to hold our own communities accountable and to expel what we consider an occupying force in our neighborhoods. Our people need opportunities for self-determination, not policing.”
… This is absolutely untenable to me. You are now comfortable making those kind of quantum leaps and have polled your "own communities" to come to this conclusion? Suffice to say, that is NOT the message I get when I go to community forums — in fact, quite the contrary! So, unless forced to resign or retire (and I think retirement is light years away at this point), MPD is not going to "reduce" our contacts with our neighborhood constituents — in fact, we are going to "increase" them! That's because I view most of our "contacts" as relational opportunities for creating dialogues, establishing trust, identifying problem-solving initiatives, and improving the quality of life issues for everyone in our City.
… Playing a seminal role in facilitating your demonstrations has not been easy. Officers have been mustered from off-hours, traffic and contingency plans assembled, beats back-filled, significant overtime incurred and members of the general public have been patient — thus far. This is the role of police in a free society and the MPD has performed in stellar fashion. But please take note: I evaluate our response on a case-by-case basis and there are limits to what is considered reasonable behavior(s). For example, going into a privately-held venue (e.g. a mall) and using a bull horn to drop "f-bombs" or other profanity in the course of bringing attention to a cause is NOT protected speech and will subject the speaker to sanctions. This has been explained to your group in private; now is it being noticed in a public forum.
(The chief’s full statement here.)
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