Dad, husband, baseball coach, writer, community activist and crappy guitar player...I tend to stand a little to the left on most issues. I don't get my news from Fox "News" - and neither should you.
Race-Based Nicknames: Bring 'em on
Job Creation: I Guess That Can Wait...
Wisconsin has now fallen to 37th in the nation in private sector job growth. Between June 2012 - June 2013 Wisconsin gained 23,963 private-sector jobs, a 1.0% increase - pathetic, considering that job creation is supposed to be the NUMBER ONE PRIORITY of Governor Walker and the state legislature. At this rate Scott Walker will need a full decade to create 250,000 private sector jobs. Governor Walker should stop rubbing his Rogaine on that bald spot of his and start soaking his jobs policies in it - maybe then we'll see some real growth.
The United States created private-sector jobs at a rate of 1.9% in the latest 12-month period, nearly doubling Wisconsin's 1.0% rate. Does that mean that Scott Walker and his regressive anti-worker, anti-woman policies are to blame? Please don't make me think about that? I just want to listen to Mark Belling's soothing voice on the radio and believe all is going well...that way I don't actually have to think.
Instead of concentrating on how to create jobs and keep on track with the rest of America, what has the state legislature been doing? One answer: Telling our kids it's just hunky dory to use race-based nicknames in our schools - Awesome! Now I can open those publicly-funded voucher schools I've been thinking about:
- The Southside "Polacks"
- The German Immersion "Krouts"
- The National Avenue "Yellow Skins" (heavily-Asian)
- The Italian Community School "Guidos"
- The Cudahy "Crackers"
- The Jewish Community School "Kikes"
Of course I mean nothing but respect when I use these "nicknames." After all, I'm Polish and we call each other "dumb Polacks" all the time, so why can't a non-Polish person do the same, right? Only a stupid "Gringo" would be offended by antiquated nicknames...
The new GOP law requires 10% of a school district's residents to complain about being discriminated against. If we used this method in the past to determine if women and minorities felt discriminated against, well... Silly me, I thought it was a duty of the government to protect the rights of minorities, not infringe upon them.
Barbara Munson, a spokeswoman with the Wisconsin Indian Education Association called Walker's decision "egregious" and a "poke in the eye with a sharp stick to all of the tribes and all of our children."
There are still currently 32 Wisconsin high schools using Native American nicknames and mascots, totaling 15,193 students exposed to race-based nicknames on a daily basis.
The simple solution is to allow five years for all publicly-funded schools in Wisconsin to eliminate their race-based nickname and mascot. Note: Marquette University were the Warriors for 40 years, but changed their nickname and mascot to the Golden Eagles on the grounds that previous logos had been disrespectful to Native Americans - After killing off most of the indigenous population by disease, starvation and violence we then "honor" them by naming our schools after their dead warriors...and we wonder how they could feel disrespected -
Scott Walker may not have learned many lessons while enrolled at Marquette because he was too busy running illegal campaigns and being asked to leave, but it's never too late to start the learning process...
Happy Holidays (& Merry Christmas to all my friends who watch Fox News),