by: Stanley Wonders (Where have you been hiding Stanley? Welcome back!)
Since Bloomington is a proud “Not in Our Town” town, surely we can never go too far to prove it! Especially in our elected officials! But just to BE SURE, some of them have given you the apparent ultimate PROOF.
In response to a political cartoon where in our President is shown with the caption “If I had a city, it would look like Detroit”, 2 of our honorable city councilmen, Karen Schmidt and Rob Fazzini, felt duty- bound (or something) to register that they were “offended”!?!
Why was that? Were they appalled that the cartoon suggested local mismanagement and crushing debt at the federal level? Or, that huge debt could and now has bankrupted our cities? (After all, they themselves are charged with Bloomington’s fiscal state.)
No, Alderman Schmidt explained that the cartoon was not funny “as a mother of a son who is black.” And Fuzzini logged in as agreeing “as the grandfather” of a black grandson”. WOW.
So, would it be funny if you didn’t have a son who is black Karen? Or Rob, would you still agree if you didn’t have a grandson who is black?
It would seem that Karen Schmidt has set the ultimate standard for non-racism and Rob Fazzini has weighed in with a strong second. Can anyone top that? Or is this PC one-up-man-ship?
Just to be sure, we need some way to rank our local politicians on their absence of prejudice. Ms. Schmidt and Mr. Fazzini seem to suggest that a black direct descendant is rock solid proof, the “litmus test” as it were of non-racism. Obviously a 10 on the 1-10 scale if you will. Or maybe a grandson should be a 9 1/2? Really, alderman? How about “I have a lot of black friends”?
Oh, wait a minute, that comment is considered racist!