On his taxpayer-funded blog, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz made a point of using Martin Luther King Day to call for patience and moderation in current politics. While he specifically referred to the enormous problems faced by President Obama, I suspect he was subconsciously thinking of all of the commenters on any of Madison.com's articles about the city's snow removal efforts.
Mayor Dave concluded by saying: "We don't remember the ineffective extremists, but rather we remember those who moved the middle. We don't celebrate Huey Newton Day. We remember Martin Luther King Jr." (h/t Brenda Konkel)
Maybe we should celebrate Huey Newton Day. Newton was not "an ineffective extremist" as Mayor Dave implies. The Black Panthers were innovators. Every low-income family whose children are fed a nutritious breakfast at their public school owes a debt to the Panthers, who pioneered the free breakfast program that was later co-opted by the federal government. Every Open Carry Picnic organizer owes a debt to the Panthers, who were the first to deliberately demonstrate their second amendment rights by peacefully and publically bearing arms. For the historically curious, this is a good place to start:
It amazes me that the supposedly well-educated Mayor of a supposedly progressive city like Madison could be so ignorant and so dismissive of the importance of Huey Newton.
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