The Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP deplores the elimination of minority as a qualification for the scholarships in the Talent Incentive Program in the bill passed by the Wisconsin Assembly in the early hours of Wednesday, November 2nd. The inclusion of minority as a qualification in the current state law helps to remedy racial disparity in the number of minority students who attend college and graduate from college.
A study recently released by the Milwaukee NAACP titled “Milwaukee Today” concerning the state of African-Americans in Milwaukee, authored by Dr. R. L. McNeely, a professor in the UW-M Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, contains copious statistical support for the racial disparities existing and increasing in this community. The study presents evidence for the fact that destabilization of the community results from these disparities. (Copies of the study are available at a cost of $10 from the Milwaukee NAACP.)
An editorial column in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by reporter and commentator David Brooks discusses forms of inequality. He refers to the fact that children of college graduates have a much higher degree of success in college and a higher rate of college graduation than do children of non-college graduate parents, and that college graduation is the biggest determiner of economic success in our society.
Scholarship help for racial and ethnic minorities is essential if we are to have a stable community of citizens who can support themselves and their children.
We urge the Wisconsin Senate to reject the Assembly Bill.
For more information, contact Barbara J. Becker, 1stVice President, Milwaukee Branch NAACP, (414)352-8843.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Suite 203
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
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