October 2, 2015

"The Daily Show" comes to Madison, Wisconsin to examine the "extensive" anti-bias training program for police here.

Here's the clip of the segment. The part about Madison begins at 4:34. There's some interesting material about the training, which is demonstrated to  2 comics, one black and one white, who try to amuse us by cutting up about race from an exaggerated black and white perspective. We're told "there's a compelling reason why" Madison has this program and a news clip that says: "Tonight, there are protests over another deadly police shooting of an unarmed man." But later, after showing quite a lot of the kind of training that is done in Madison, it's revealed that Madison's program was in place 5+ years before the shooting of a young man that led to the protests. There's no mention of what that man was doing that led to his shooting or of the fact that the officer who killed him had, some years before, shot and killed a white man. Obviously, they can't go into every nuance, but I'm sensitive to distortions about my city, though I guess we do get some credit for having the training program, even if the point seems to be that racial bias is so deeply ingrained that the best you can do is to send the message that you care enough to do something significant to try to minimize it.

20 comments:

Chuck said...

This seems to be the new public birthright of millennials; that they are entitled to "their show," in the form of a comedy mashup of the news (which serves as their news), presented from a hard-left-wing point of view.

On a related topic, I am really shocked at the way that Stephen Colbert is using his network broadcast pulpit to continue his former left-wing riffing on the news. I thought he'd feel a need to go mainstream.

tim in vermont said...

On the one hand, I feel bad for cops, on the other hand, they can be real jerks.

Hagar said...

"Diversity" is supposed to be about a number of races, I believe.
How come, in 30 seconds we are down to "black" and "white"?

David said...

Not to go all Gell-Man on you, but notice how when reading a newspaper article about something you know about you realize that it is wrong in details large and small and then, when you move on to the next article you assume that it is right in every particular.

Mike Sylwester said...

Every city -- including Madison -- should have classes to teach its African-American residents that they should not attack, resist or run away from police officers.

rhhardin said...

What are black kids taught to admire?

Grace and good character seem to have fallen out of the educational system.

Deeply ingrained racial bias is blamed for the results. It seems to be on the black side.

Are you allowed to notice that?

rhhardin said...

"Deeply ingrained racial bias" is there not to protect blacks but to protect liberals.

Almost the opposite would protect blacks.

Eleanor said...

David makes a really good point.

Laslo Spatula said...

Race relations have sure gotten worse since Michael Jackson died.

But the number of molested boys has decreased slightly.

You can't have everything.

I am Laslo.

Mark said...

My wife saw them filming the outdoor scenes when On her lunch hour a few weeks back.

BN said...

" I thought he'd feel a need to go mainstream."

There is no mainstream anymore. Everything is falling apart. Choose your show/network/news source, pick your side.

This will end badly.

SJ said...

The video you show is entertainment.

Even if it is billed as "news".

Thus the discordance you detect between your knowledge of the case and their presentation of it.

Sebastian said...

"Obviously, they can't go into every nuance, but I'm sensitive to distortions about my city"

Aah, that's too bad. You've done good work reporting on Madison shenanigans, but it's a little late for such bourgeois sentiments. The point of Prog propaganda is that "sensitivity" about truth and accuracy doesn't matter. Prog consciousness-raising always comes down to truth-desensitizing.

Some of us, by the way, are sensitive to distortions about our country, if you consider cynical contempt a kind of sensation.

wildswan said...


I don't think that the problem in Madison and Milwaukee is police shootings; it's lack of jobs due to the loss of manufacturing to Texas, Mexico and China and it's poor education in the inner city public schools. If wrongful police shootings of blacks in Milwaukee-Madison stopped tomorrow and never happened again the lives of perhaps ten people would be affected over the next ten years while if jobs came back or education improved hundreds of thousands would be affected.

But the Democrats are now the party of pretend. Let's pretend the greatest problem is police brutality and let's spend money on body cams. Let's let the teachers fail to educate the students. Let's let Planned Parenthood tear unborn blacks apart and sell their body parts. Only Republicans care about that.

cubanbob said...

Wildswan those jobs are never coming back. There is a reason those jobs left and the mentality that lead to the dysfunction is still there.

Fernandinande said...

an exaggerated black and white perspective

"Black black blacketty black." There are more Asians in Madison than blacks, but they don't matter for some mysterious reason.

I suppose the Doofy Show didn't mention the, um, "racial bias" against whites who are arrested several times as often as Asians? The mystery deepens.

Rob McLean said...

I'm guessing that a show that posits the question "Are All Cops Racist?" is not exactly neutral on the matter.

Drago said...

I hope they interviewed garage while they were there.

He once had a black friend so, you know, "insight".....

The Godfather said...

And we are supposed to learn about what's going on by watching comedy shows?

I loved the Jack Benny Program. Rochester never had any problems; he was cool.

Char Char Binks said...

That was some very tepid "comedy" with an obviously pro-thug bias.