March 2, 2012
Is there an end to racism?
Many of us shed tears the night President-elect Obama walked out onto the stage in Grant Park. Finally! Finally, we, as a nation, will put racial hatred in a box and seal it. No more segregation, no more Jim Crow, no more poll taxes or lynching or racial preferences. No more segregated schools. No more all-white juries deciding cases against a black person in the South. The dream of King would become reality. Jesse cried, and one could feel the boulder being lifted from his shoulders and ours.
But then there was Judge Cebull!
Federal Judge Richard Cebull, Montana, sent this through the Internet: "The message describes Obama asking his mother why he is black and she is white and her response, 'Don't ever go there Barack!' From what I can remember about that party, you're lucky you don't bark." And then there was a photo ID required in order to hold down black voting. We became fully aware of the danger of "driving while black" thanks to Gwen Moore. And then there came a George W. Bush-appointed judge with that shameful "joke."
The judge must have known he crossed the line, but instead of resigning he asked the 9th Circuit to review his conduct. Q. Is this guy trying to become a national hero on the right or is he simply a bigoted oaf? Good lord, have we no shame?
Move from Montana and Judge Cebull back to Milwaukee, one of the most segregated cities in America. Unemployment among black adult males is roughly 50 percent. The city cries out for help from the white suburbs forming a sort of Maginot line around the city. Instead of helping to reduce racial tension, Glenn Grothman, in secret meetings, developed his plan: a gut-kick for Milwaukee. The JS reported that there may be a shake-up of the Milwaukee Area Technical College board. How about calling it what it is: a coup to replace nearly all African-American board members with whites.
Remember when Joseph Welsh asked Joe Mcarthy, "Have you no shame, sir?" I would ask Judge Cebull the same question. And you should ask Grothman to justify his outrageous move.
Milwaukee Area Technical College has more students of color than the rest of the state's colleges and universities combined! Yikes! What the hell is going on, Mr. Grothman? (I am just scratching the surface. More next week.)
Perhaps someone could ask Justice Michael Gableman how he sees it.
Yes, The People's Legislature will be Sunday, March 25. We expct a big crowd and several candiates as we develop the "Tin Cup" Brigade! Stay tuned but get ready for the meeting. It will change gow we deal with campaigns.
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Too bad our schools don't do a better job of teaching tolerance and understanding among people of every race and culture. But this would be indoctrination and give people like Santorum the grist they need to fuel their nomination bids.
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley, Wisc. | March 3, 2012