City appears to discriminate against whites in appointments to police oversight board

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The following article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

MADISON, WI- Time was when a famous black man, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King admonished Americans that no longer should a person be judged by the color of their skin, but rather the contents of their character.

Dr. King of course, as a leading civil rights leader in the 1960’s was referring to disparate treatment of blacks. He advocated that the United States should be a “color blind” society.

Overwhelmingly, Americans agreed.

According to an article in The Federalist however,  the city of Madison, Wisconsin, the state capital of that state recently established a civilian review board for the police department. The board was formed in response to complaints from some activists in the city who are concerned with police relations. It is the makeup of the board that has raised some concerns.

Forty years after Dr. King in 2021 America, racism has once again reared its ugly head. And this time, it is embraced by leading politicians, Hollywood “starts,” and even “civil rights” leaders.

However this time it’s different. Some so-called “antiracists” believe that Dr. King’s dream of a color blind society stands in the way of what they call racial justice. The result has been legal race discrimination.

The Federalist notes that the mission statement of the civilian review board is rather vague; they are supposed to “engage in community outreach,” “provide input,” and “make policy-level recommendations.” That is where the vagueness ends, however. Explicit in the policy is who exactly is allowed to participate.

According to the charge given the group, six out of 11 members are to be black. Those six seats are reserved only for blacks; no Asians, American Indians, Hispanics, Latinos or Whites can sit in those seats.

Remember back in the 1960’s when the words “Blacks Only” had a negative connotation? Not anymore. The city’s aldermen specifically used those words in the policy.

Aside from the roughly 55% makeup of the oversight board being black, the other members must consist of one Asian, one American Indian, one for someone who identifies as “Latinx” and one for a “member of the LGBTQ community.” It is assumed (although not specified), The Federalist notes that one can be both a minority AND a LGBTQ at the same time.

So, if you’re doing the math, it apparently sets aside only one seat for straight, white people. Once again, it isn’t known if a white person can fill the role of a LGBTQ-designated person, thereby allowing two white board members.

However that’s beside the point. The Madison aldermen (or suppose we should call them alderpeople) is clearly engaged in outright discrimination, in this case against whites.

The oversight board has been praised as an effort at “equity” and “inclusion,” however by intentionally discriminating based on race, doesn’t this seem to be a step backward?

As The Federalist explains, a number of so-called prominent “anti-racists” believe such practices are appropriate, identifying a 2019 book by Ibram X. Kendi, “How to be an Antiracist” in which the author writes that:

“The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”

Clearly, such a philosophy flies directly in the face of Dr. King’s vision.

Where Dr. King fought for equality, people such as Kendi and others today are pushing equity. As opposed to equality of opportunity, they are looking for equity of outcome.

This is a dangerous road, however it is something that is pushed among people like Kendi all the way up to Democrats in Washington, DC.

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Sadly, what is happening in Madison is reflective of what is going on throughout the country. We’ve previously reported that NASDAQ is placing quotas on companies who wish to remain listed on that exchange.

Other private companies, according to The Federalist such as Wells Fargo, Delta Airlines and others are also promising to impose quotas.

Racial discrimination, be it white vs. black, black vs. white, or any color vs. any color is patently and blatantly illegal, and furthermore is unconstitutional. It also flies in the face of what our country stands (or used to stand) for.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that “racial paternalism and its unintended consequences can be as poisonous and pernicious as any other form of discrimination.”

Indeed, the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution spells that out clearly. That amendment states, in part:

“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” [emphasis added]

That seems pretty clear to us, and Thomas addressed that as well:

He stated that in the Equal Protection Clause, was “[p]urchased at the price if immeasurable suffering” and any classifications, whether for good intentions are not, “have a destructive impact on the individual society” and “demean[] us all.”

As noted, the Supreme Court has struck down racial quotas every time they’ve been raised going back to 1978. However the high court may soon be addressing racial quotas once again, with numerous government and private entities attempting to establish such clearly discriminatory policies.

For example in Madison, seven residents have challenged the seemingly unconstitutional racial quotas, and are represented by attorneys from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. It’s anticipated that if the city doesn’t conduct a do-over of the board, a lawsuit will be forthcoming.

America has come a long way since the 1960’s when the civil rights movement took hold. In 2008, we elected the first black president, something that most wouldn’t have believed possible even 10-20 years prior.

Yet here we are, with many people still claiming “systemic racism” exists, while ignoring the underlying causes of things such as black unemployment, crime and failure in school. The dissolution of the nuclear family in that community cannot be discounted, as many have theorized.

However using racism to make up for past sins makes no sense whatsoever. All that this will accomplish is building a sense of resentment by those it targets and will only serve to increase, not diminish whatever racial divide exists.

Such policies and practices will only serve to embolden those who are truly racist. It will set back race relations in this country to pre-1960’s levels. Those will be sad days for our country.

To quote the greatest document of all time:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Critical race theory and addressing past racism by practicing current racism lights a virtual fire to our founding document.  

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