Racially Incendiary Burke Flyer Seeks to Rally Black Vote
Soooo, vote for the rich white chick so that brothas stop getting shot by white cops? Is this the message? pic.twitter.com/PWs0rIxZiU
— James T Harris (@JamesTHarris) October 31, 2014
With Democrat Mary Burke increasingly desperate to the point of panic, given the recent revelations of her mendacity concerning her career at her family business, and the embarrassment of President Obama’s flop at North Division High School in Milwaukee’s inner city, both of which preceded news that the prestigious and generally very accurate Marquette University Law School poll shows her trailing Governor Scott Walker by a full seven percentage points among those voters who will walk over broken glass, if necessary, to get to the polls, a new flyer exploits the deaths of three young black men and perverts history in an attempt to shore up her numbers in Wisconsin’s African-American community.
The recently produced flyer, seen above, targets the black community. The flyer has gone viral since it was first seen in Wisconsin, then shot across the Internet, from Arizona-based radio host James T. Harris, to Wisconsin's Daily Independent. The flyer shows photos of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Dontre Hamilton; under each is a caption saying, e.g., “Michael Brown can’t vote,” with the overall slogan: “Don’t let anyone silence your voice. Vote Nov. 4th.”
The first two young men, of course, have been in the national news and most people are sufficiently familiar with the details of their deaths that they need no reiteration here; the last man's death is a local phenomenon with which most are probably unfamiliar.
In May 2014, a Milwaukee police officer encountered a man apparently sleeping on a sidewalk in Red Arrow Park, in the downtown district of the city. According to news reports at the time, the officer roused the man and attempted to conduct a pat-down search. The young man, Dontre Hamilton, a schizophrenic apparently off his medications, reportedly seized the officer’s baton and proceeded to beat him with it; the officer responded by shooting the suspect and killing him.
The event was immediately politicized, as family members induced others to demonstrate in Red Arrow Park for “justice for Dontre.” Eventually, the shooting was ruled justifiable and no charges were proffered against the police officer, but the rallies and demonstrations have continued unabated. Last month, responding to the pressure, the Milwaukee Police chief fired the officer, stating that in his opinion the pat-down search, which apparently exacerbated Hamilton’s schizoid tendencies, was “unjustified.” This, in turn, has led to a dramatic showdown between the chief and the police union, which recently held a non-binding but still very stinging vote of no-confidence in the chief; 99.3% of the membership voted no-confidence (this number obviously includes a significant number of African-American officers on the force as well).