[Alderman Khalif] Rainey, who represents the area where the man was shot by the officer and the disturbance occurred, was particularly pointed. He said Sherman Park had become “a powder keg” this summer, and ended his remarks by implying that downtown could be the site of disturbances if the issues facing African-Americans here not addressed.No justice, no peace, and all that. Such a splendid way to wrap up the Wisconsin State Fair, also going on "one day away." Plus more than a few Sherman Park residents dismayed with the "insurrection." "The good thing is that to get up early in the morning, a Sunday morning, and watch so many people come out to help out, just to help out because it’s the right thing to do — it proves not just to this community, (but) to the city, to the world, that we have more good in this world than we have bad. We just tend to focus on the bad." But the usual policy to-ing and fro-ing goes on. Thus Kenya Downs for National Public Radio.
“This entire community has sat back and witnessed how Milwaukee, Wis., has become the worst place to live for African-Americans in the entire country,” Rainey said. “Now this is a warning cry. Where do we go from here? Where do we go as a community from here?
“Do we continue – continue with the inequities, the injustice, the unemployment, the under-education, that creates these byproducts that we see this evening? … The black people of Milwaukee are tired. They’re tired of living under this oppression. This is their existence. This is their life. This is the life of their children.
“Now what has happened tonight may have not been right; I’m not justifying that. But no one can deny the fact that there’s problems, racial problems, here in Milwaukee, Wis., that have to be closely, not examined, but rectified. Rectify this immediately. Because if you don’t, this vision of downtown, all of that, you’re one day away. You’re one day away.”
Milwaukee is a vibrant city known for its breweries and ethnic festivals and can be a great place to live — unless you're black. Statistically, it is one of the worst places in the country for African-Americans to reside. Here's a breakdown of how — and why — being black in Brew City carries a heavy burden.Round up the usual suspects: excessive school suspensions, excessive imprisonment, residential segregation. On the other hand, enabling dysfunction and calling it authenticity doesn't help. Nor do schools that have a controlling gang.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has had enough.
Milwaukee is run by progressive Democrats. Their decades-long Democrat regime has done nothing to reduce these urban pathologies, in fact, their strategies have exacerbated the situation by expanding the welfare state.By all means, read and understand it all. Rick Moran endorses. "That is one of the best elucidations of how the anti-poverty brigades from the federal government have made our big cities unlivable for so many and caused an epidemic of hopelessness and despair among poor blacks." David French extends, noting that perceived police excesses are not the sole, nor even the principal, source of misery.
That things have not improved and in fact worsened in the American ghetto after eight years of Barack Obama is remarkable only to those who have not been paying attention to our nation’s cities.
There’s only one answer, which is for the citizens of America to expose and heap scorn on this lying and dangerous triad of big government, liberal mainstream media, and the lost souls of the urban ghettos both these institutions feed upon for their power.
The police are not making black people kill each other at alarming rates. The police are not making black people drop out of school or black men father children out of wedlock. Yet it’s remarkable the extent to which anti-police activists simply take those factors as givens and then demand that police know exactly how to navigate and defuse the resulting, inevitable social pathologies.There might be something else at work, in that the formerly cheap housing abandoned with suburbanization is now valuable real estate for gentrification (which might overtake a thread I started at the beginning of the year) and the protests about police excesses conceal a deeper frustration. But there aren't enough agglomeration economies being realized in central Milwaukee for the kind of rent gradients you see in Manhattan and Chicago and San Francisco and Palo Alto. That dynamic might render moot traditional Democratic efforts, as Rush Limbaugh sort of gets at, in the middle of a riff that recites his usual gripes about Democrats requiring dependency to get votes.
In other words, activists demand the impossible and then riot when their impossible demands aren’t met. Unless cooler heads prevail, they will continue to push our cities back to the brink, back to the bad old days when murder rates were so high that people openly wondered if our great urban communities were doomed to fail. Want to save our cities? Then reject the radicals. In the name of justice, they bring chaos. In the name of peace, they bring death.
The Democrat solution is to find somebody to blame -- that's usually their political opponent -- and then make the government grow and grow and grow, and talk about how you're taking more from the rich and you're gonna give it to the downtrodden or whatever. Create the notion of Santa Claus. And after enough time goes by, you have destroyed the whole concept of work. You've delegitimized that. You stigmatized the concept of work. You've even stigmatized achievement in school.Unfortunately, nowhere in the punditry have I seen any suggestions that Mr Trump, say, or Mr Johnson, contrast the fifty years of rhetoric and hopes (Great Society! Bridge to the 21st Century! Hope and Change!) with fifty years of failure, enabled and abetted by welfare dependency and the lottery and young people rendered unemployable by the government schools. It's a missed opportunity, as the fractious coalition of the elites and the dependent trades as the Democrats.
Get good grades and you're selling out. Get good grades and you're falling in with the Man or whatever. Not enough of a rebel. And it matters. You know what we were talking about last week, too, that the real divide in this country is that you have your elites and the members of the establishment, and now they want no part of the rest of the population. And that is new, and it's relatively new.