Even school auditorium is accused of racism

Nothing is more pathetic than a guilty progressive ashamed of his/her lack of melanin, resolute to fight the injustice s/he is certain soaks the racist and sexist core of fascist Amerikkka. Many of these apostles of identity politics are products of our world-class state university. That their mis-education was heavily subsidized by Joe and Jane Worker Bee does not lesson their sense of victimhood. 

The social justice warriors lined up to speak to the Madison Board of Education Monday night (12-17-18) to condemn those agents of repression, Madison police. The cops, they lectured, are the direct blood-descendants of slave catchers in the antebellum South. (Which we did not know, largely because it is untrue. Police departments were established in Boston in 1838, New York in 1844, and Philadelphia in 1854. Hardly slave states.)

There was Emily, who apologized for her Norwegian ancestors “settling on ground stolen from the HoChunk.” Give it back, we say. Or STFU.

Calling the Madison school board ‘white supremacists’

More impressive was a young lady named Stepha Velednitsky. She told the world that has been teaching her students “the connection between white liberalism and white supremacy.”

“White liberalism means valuing law and order and protocol above the lives of people.”

(She did not address the fact that the kids being shot by gunfire and beaten in cafeteria brawls are, overwhelmingly, racial minorities.)

Ms. Velednitsky pays dues to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistants Association, a hard-left organization just this side of Antifa, where she lectures in the Geography Department. Yes, even geography is politicized at the UW.

(Her Environmental Justice Studies manages to marry an “historic analysis of race, class, gender, and colonialism to narratives of climate, technology, and governance.” Here she defends the UW Multicultural Student Center for offering racially segregated but “supportive, accountable space for white people to discuss our responses to racialized police violence.” )

Velednitsky condemned the very auditorium in which the school board meets as being rife with racism. Implicitly biased, she thundered, was the process of registering to speak. The school board only pretends its three-minute time limit allows all 58 registered to speak that evening an opportunity to speak before Monday night turned into Tuesday morning. Little did we know that the time limit oppressed black and brown people. 

“In this room we see white liberalism embodied through the timer, the ‘please finish up,’ [President Mary Burke’s entreaty to speakers who exceeded the 3 minutes], the numbers [each speaker is given an order in number of appearance], the sign-up process, the stage, and the barriers.

The school board meets on the stage of McDaniels Auditorium, the only large room in the tired old (1939) former schoolhouse.

Stepha Velednitsky

Ms Velednitsky

“All these signs suggest that the law and the decorum and the civility is more important than what is being said. Another aspect of white liberalism is policing peoples’ tone of voice … the obsession with civility … refusing to hear black and brown people when they aren’t following white cultural norms of communication.

“… by maintaining law and order, by maintaining civility, by keeping your front lawn nice and tidy ,and by putting that “all our welcome in our community on your front lawn — you are denying that all the while you are passing money to a deadly institution that polices with great disparity and causes tragic, tragic harm to the community …

“So, telling black and brown people to ‘please wrap up’ suggests that their voices, their pain, and their stories are less important than the rules and that is where white liberalism turns into white supremacy.

“It’s because white supremacy is the accumulation of these aggressive messages that say ‘stay off the grass, mow the lawn, pull your paints up and act respectable.’ If I were to raise my voice and use some swear words I don’t believe it would be received in the same way if a black and brown youth were using those swear words.

Now Ms. Velednitsky, UW-Madison teaching assistant, was winding up for her grand finale:

“So here is what I have to say [shouting] FUCK WHITE LIBERALISM! and FUCK WHITE SUPREMACY.”

Who says UW students aren’t getting a rigorous education? Looking as pleased with herself as a prof just granted tenure, Ms. Velednitsky bowed primly and joined her cheering admirers.

It’s either bathos or pathos

After 2½ hours of race-shaming, cursing, heckling, and demonstrating, the social justice warriors marched off into the night leaving McDaniels Auditorium nearly empty of spectators. The TV cameras had left and the two news reporters remaining were interested only in school resource officer issue. (See “Police have no real friends on school board“)

They missed the mixed-race panel of school district educators who updated the school board on its Equity Fellows program, complete with PowerPoint. 

An Equity Fellow is a member of the MMSD community who has a clear commitment to the District’s goal of eliminating racialized disparities in student success, and is willing to be part of a professional learning community to further the district’s vision for excellence with equity.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: One almost feels sympathy for a Madison School District that tries so hard to End Systemic Racism — and winds up fanning the flames. Play with identity politics, get burned by identity politics.

David Blaska is a former Thompson Administration official, a Madison conservative, and the Lord of Stately Blaska Manor. Reposted from Blaska’s blog with permission.