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‘Our kids are breaking out here’

Empower Wisconsin | Aug. 20, 2020 

By M.D. Kittle 

MADISON —  If Madison really wants to do something about its violent crime problem, the city’s woke white liberals in their “privileged positions” had better wake up, according to one of the city’s more prominent black activists. 

Kaleem Caire, founder and CEO of One City Schools and former president of the Urban League of Greater Madison, went live on Facebook this week to call out the community at large for the spate of violence this summer that has included the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Anisa Scott. Two teens, Perion Carreon, 19, and Andre P. Brown, 16, were arrested and charged last week with first-degree intentional homicide. 

Anisa’s parents had to make the nightmarish decision to remove their daughter from life support —  less than two days after she was shot in the head while riding in a vehicle on the city’s east side. The driver was targeted in the shooting, according to police. The thugs missed, instead hitting a little girl who was days away from starting sixth grade.

“Our kids are breaking out here, man. It’s been happening and it’s getting worse,” Caire said during the 21-minute live Facebook post. “We keep having press conferences and calls to action and it goes nowhere. I’m Frustrated another young person lost her life when she should be at home right now with her family.” 

As Empower Wisconsin first reported, Carreon is no stranger to Dane County’s revolving jail door criminal justice system. He’s been charged with felony burglary, resisting arrest, bail jumping, battery, domestic abuse, and operating a vehicle without consent, according to Empower Wisconsin’s review of court records. On the latter charge, Carreon is a repeat offender many times over, his latest charge just last month. He was free on bond at the time of the shooting. 

Judge Julie Genovese presided over all but one of Carreon’s cases over the period, according to the review. Court records show charge after charge either dismissed or dismissed but read into the record. Genovese is another liberal activist Dane County practitioner of “restorative justice,” long on progressive rhetoric, short on accountability. 

Caire has preached as much, but he’s also been critical of sanctimonious liberals. 

“I keep hearing about these shootings in our city every night. We’re not doing shit about it,” he said, asserting that calling for the end of violence isn’t going to stop the violence. 

“We should do everything we can to support the family, but are we going to just keep doing that? A kid gets killed, we support the families. Kid gets killed, we have a press conference. Kid gets killed, we start conversations. Kid gets killed, we put things in the newspaper and everyone starts their social media post and so what? We just wait until the next kid?” 

Caire is still smarting over the Madison School Board’s rejection in 2011 of his proposed charter school for low-income minority students, Madison Preparatory Academy. Madison teachers and their powerful union didn’t like the competition from a non-union independent school. 

“You know all you liberals in Madison who went against Madison Prep, I’m speaking to you right now,” Caire said, noting the lack of support from educators over union politics. “That’s bullshit. I’m not opposed to any of you all, but I’m just sick and tired of y’all being opposed to us because of your privileged position…” 

The activist said Madison prep could have made a meaningful difference in the lives of kids like Perion Carreon, who Caire said had talent and ability but was another broken soul heading down a predictable path.

“Instead of giving me all these kids in a school where I can work with them and their parents, Madison got lost in its privileged conversations about who’s being controlled by the right wing. Man, F y’all, straight up.” Critics of the school raised concerns that conservatives, including former Gov. Tommy Thompson, would be involved in Madison Prep. Thompson led the parental school choice boom in the 1990s that created state-funded vouchers to send public school students to often higher-performing private schools. 

Caire also took aim at members of the black community who fail to take responsibility for their actions, including young “parents having baby after baby after baby.” 

“You shouldn’t be having kids if you’re not ready to raise them,” he said. “Don’t create kids that are on the pipeline to prison.” 

Watch the entire Facebook live post here. 

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