Milwaukee Black Columnist Eugene Kane Refuses to Mentor Black Youth
Kane turned her down flatly, with the comment that “If I wanted a kid, I’d have one of my own.”
When McBride told this story on her blog (without naming Kane), a reader inferred that Kane was likely the man in question, and e-mailed him about the incident.
Kane responded with an e-mail that the reader forwarded on to McBride, and McBride published it on her blog.
The key part of Kane’s response is as follows:
Mcbride asked me years ago, but I didn’t do it because I suspected her “prodigy” wasn’t the type of young man I could effectively help. As it turned out, I was right.We happen to be against “bleeding heart impulses.” But is a kid who has just turned 16, is in school and has no criminal record known to be beyond help?
I resented her implication in her blog that because I turned her down it somehow meant I had “forfeited” my right to write about troubled black youth. In my opinion, she went on a mission to save one black male based on little more than a bleeding heart impulse that was destined to fail.
How is it possible to have compassion for “Tookie” Williams, but not for the kid whom McBride tried to help?