Tattoo artistry Has become increasing popular over the years, thanks to the entertainment industry and social media. Whatever your motivation to is for getting a Tatoo, it serves as a great way to immortalize the name of the love one, or to simply add diversity to your image. Tattooing has become such a tradition that it has made its way to reality television. Black Ink Crew started in 2013 as a show flowing the every day operations of well Black Ink. The name of the shop served as the name of the series, that since then has created multiple spinoffs. The shops original owner Caesar Emmanuel helps to crate the new shows, while expanding his owns business and television show, the latest addition, Black Ink Milwaukee. The season will follow Shortys Ink, keeping up with its original purpose of the television series, which is to follow black owned shops. When Teon Hollins the owner of Shortys Ink got the call in Milwaukee, he was just as excited as we are to see the show come to our city. Hollins has stated that he has a very good relationship with Emmanuel, and has been a fan of the show since the start. We look forward to yet more light being cast in our city.
Rebecca Wigley-Burrell, known you most as simply Becca, is a sensational gospel singer who is also an advocate in the community. She has shown interest in mentoring young ladies, homelessness and a variety of other social issues. Her latest endeavor is a business, that is also used as ministry as well. Becca is known for powerful singles such as “Lay Down Your Burdens,” and at her new hair salon the “Hair’Em” she allows customers to do just that. At affordable cost, the shop specializes in natural hair, nails, make up and much more. Self image is important to the mental health of any young girl and woman, she provides a fresh look and a fresh take on many of life’s issues.
Meetings throughout the city to provide updates on convention planning and opportunities to get involved
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee and the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced a series of three community conversations in February to provide updates about the Democratic National Convention. The meetings, to be held on the North Side, South Side, and in downtown Milwaukee, will help ensure community members throughout the city have the latest information about convention planning and opportunities to engage with the convention.
“As we look to organize and host a convention that is both in Milwaukee and with Milwaukee, we know that widespread community participation will be essential to our success,” said Liz Gilbert, President of the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee. “From their interest in volunteering to capitalizing on business opportunities, Milwaukeeans continue to impress us with their excitement to be a part of this convention. These community conversations will help us ensure that residents across the city are aware of how they can get involved.”
Through each community conversation, leaders from the Host Committee and DNCC will provide updates related to volunteering for the convention, taking advantage of business-related opportunities, and what residents and businesses might expect in terms of moving around the city during convention week.
“As we work with the community to prepare for a successful convention over the course of the next six months, it is our commitment and priority to be in continued conversation with Milwaukeeans about our plans,” said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee. “We are excited to kick start this series of community conversations and to engage with all those who live and work in the city on what’s ahead.”
The 2020 Democratic National Convention Community Conversations will take place:
Downtown – Tuesday, February 25 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
- Milwaukee Area Technical College – Cooley Theater (2nd Floor), 1015 N 6th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233
- Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
South – Wednesday, February 26 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
- Journey House – Gymnasium, 2110 W Scott St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
- Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
North – Thursday, February 27 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
- Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 3456 N 38th St, Milwaukee, WI 53216
- Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Democratic National Convention will take place in Milwaukee from July 13-16, 2020. The convention is estimated to bring approximately 50,000 visitors to Milwaukee and the surrounding region.
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) presents renowned painter, sculptor and activist Titus Kaphar in the MIAD Creativity Series, Wed., Feb. 5, 6 – 7:30 p.m. in MIAD’s 4th Floor Raw Space, 273 E. Erie Street.
In his public presentation “Making Space for Black History: Amending the Landscape of American Art,” Kaphar confronts the history and canon of Western art head on – exposing troubling histories of our nation’s past and amplifying the voices of those who cannot speak for themselves.
This is a ticketed event and is open to the public. Tickets are free, and available at miad.edu/creativityseries. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served to ticket holders.
The public presentation for the MIAD Creativity Series is part of a short-term residency at the college, during which Kaphar will engage with students in the classroom.
The MIAD Creativity Series is generously supported by the Milwaukee Art Museum’s African American Art Alliance and the Layton Visiting Artist Fund.
ABOUT TITUS KAPHAR
Kaphar’s numerous accolades include being named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow, 2018 Art for Justice Fund grantee and 2016 Robert R. Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grantee. His artworks capture the spirit of social justice and change in America today (exemplified in his TIME cover portrait of the Ferguson protests).
ABOUT THE MIAD CREATIVITY SERIES The MIAD Creativity Series brings distinctive and internationally renowned creatives to Milwaukee to enrich the experiences of MIAD students while engaging the community in new ways of thinking about, and appreciating, the arts and the world of design. miad.edu/creativityseries
WAUWATOSA – Rep. Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) announced her next Topical Town Hall about preventing child sex trafficking. This is part of her new initiative called Topical Town Halls — these non-partisan town halls will focus on distinct topics and will occur this winter and spring throughout the 14th Assembly District. Details of the town hall:
Topical Town Hall – Child Sex Trafficking
Thursday, January 30th
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Fisher Building – Conference Room C
12121 W North Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
From the suburbs, cities, & rural areas, human trafficking happens in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. Join us to learn more about the issue & how to protect your children.
This town hall features a presentation by Jarrett Luckett, Executive Director of Exploit No More, an organization that focuses on ending child sex trafficking in the Milwaukee area by increasing awareness and prevention, advocating for better laws and services, and meeting the basic needs of victims as they are coming out of exploitation.
This event is offered as an educational opportunity for constituents by the office of Rep. Vining – Constituent Services. RSVP recommended to [email protected].
Rep. Vining represents the 14th Assembly District, which includes parts of Brookfield, Wauwatosa, and Milwaukee. For more information, visit Rep. Vining’s website here.
All photos by Kim Robinson
April 2 Voices of Leadership focuses upon leveraging one’s unique perspective
Power is no longer bound by status but by one’s unique perspective known as “onlyness,” a term coined by Nilofer Merchant, author of “The Power of Onlyness,” and keynote speaker at Mount Mary’s Voices of Leadership event on April 2, 2020.
Merchant will share her story of how she went from community college to launching more than 100 products, netting $18 billion in sales, while working in executive positions for companies ranging from Apple to Autodesk. The organization Thinkers50 named her among the world’s leading thinkers. She will inspire participants to embrace their distinct history, experiences, visions and hopes to generate powerful ideas, lead passionate lives and create scalable impact.
This annual Voices of Leadership event, sponsored by Mount Mary’s Women’s Leadership Institute, brings women leaders who have broken ground in entrepreneurship, innovation, social change and leadership to Mount Mary to engage Milwaukee’s professional community. The campus community is involved in this program through multiple student projects centered on the theme of personal power. Classroom learning projects encompass issues related to contemporary life and through the perspective of history, particularly the suffragist movement.
“The theme of this year’s Voices of Leadership keynote is to claim what matters to you and to find a community to move your wild, powerful idea forward,” said Anne Kahl, executive director of the Leadership Institute. “This theme is especially meaningful on this 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.”
“Nilofer Merchant offers a modern perspective and application of the personal power that spurred women’s activism and empowerment during the women’s suffrage movement,” said Kahl.
A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Sally Haldorson, manager of Porchlight Book Company, a Milwaukee-based online bookseller (formerly 800-CEO-READ), will moderate it. Haldorson, who is also a writer and editor, has contributed to three editions of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time and has written a recommendation of Merchant’s book on her company’s website.
Past presenters include social activist Jessica Shorthall; NASCAR champion Julia Landauer; Malala Fund co-founder Shiza Shahid; fashion model, designer, activist, social innovator and entrepreneur Lauren Bush Lauren; and White House advisor to former President Barack Obama Betsy Myers.
Presenting sponsors of Voices of Leadership include Johnson Controls, the Milwaukee Business Journal and Aurora Health Care.
About Mount Mary University
Mount Mary University is an urban Catholic university committed to social justice and the development of the whole person. Founded in 1913 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, it is the first four-year, degree-granting Catholic institution for women in Wisconsin. Today it serves a minority-majority population and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors for women and nine graduate programs for women and men in four schools: Arts & Design, Humanities, Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies; Natural & Health Sciences and Education; and Business.
By Richard G. Carter
“The fault is not in the stars, but in ourselves…” William Shakespeare
The sad news of the Dec. 30 passing of John H. Givens — one of my oldest and cherished friends — came crashing down like a thunderbolt from on high. And, as he used to say in his frequent phone calls to me in New York: “I been thinking on you…”
Recently, stranding outside the storied Apollo Theater in Harlem — sidewalks dripping people — I found myself thinking on John. Especially of June 1992.
That night, John, wife Rosa, and daughters, Richelle and Roxanne, hosted a grand gathering at their Grant Blvd. home after my “Father’s Day Eve” jam by the Spaniels, of “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight” fame at the Varsity Theater on Marquette’s campus.
While reminiscing in New York, I also thought of other unique Milwaukee families who made my years here in town so very special. More later on these special folks.
John Givens and I hung out together on Walnut Street and shared classes and basketball at Lincoln High. Occasionally, after school, we loudly lifted weights in my cousin’s upstairs bedroom at 117 W. Vine St. — to the consternation of my aunt.
While at Lincoln, we shared the late, great Tom Cheeks’ mentoring in the Knights’ social club as a teenager and courted girls at the Northside Y’s Friday “Canteen Nights.”
In December 1952, John and I joined Lincoln High teammates in a Christmas basketball tourney at the downtown YMCA. A neat, black-and-white photo of our team remains on the wall over my desk at home.
Included were coach Ralph Jefferson, Chuck (Smalltime) Johnson, Jesse Nixon, Carl Ray Witherspoon, William Wade and George Lott — all household names in Black Milwaukee in the rollicking days of our youth.
While in the military in France, John was “adopted” by a small town. The denizens appreciated his good nature so much, they felt he was one of their own. I beamed with great pride reading about this in both The Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel.
As adults, John and I shared several career triumphs. For example, I reveled in his historic sit-in at City Hall protesting the racism of inner city merchant Fred Lins, whose meat market on W. Burleigh St. was right around the corner from my home at the time.
During that memorable Spaniels’ night at the Varsity — for which I served as emcee — John presented the legendary doo-wop group with a proclamation from the Milwaukee County Executive.
After my 1995 authorized biography of the Spaniels was published, John lent his support at two of my local book signings — at Harry W. Schwartz downtown and the Readers’ Choice on King Drive.
I recall John’s eloquence at a picnic in 1989 at Kern Park Attending, among others, were Ald. Vel Phillips, author Jake Beason, activist George Sanders, The Milwaukee Journal’s Dave Behrendt and Jay Anderson, me, my wife, Janice and John’s own family.
Our friendship knew no bounds. As we sat at his kitchen table on April 4, 1992 — the same date of Dr. King’s assassination — my father called to tell me of my mother’s death. And John shed tears and grieved along with me.
I sorely miss John. I miss the barbeque cookouts at his home, where he was the world’s most gracious and generous host to me and my wife. I miss his outspoken knowledge of important issues at parties I threw at my place. And I loved the morning he was such an authoritative guest in 1994 on my “Carter-McGee Report” on WNOV radio.
John and I discussed writing a book about his life. Perhaps we should have, because he was a Milwaukee man for all time, and I will always cherish his friendship. Now my pal, John Givens, is gone. He belongs to the ages. May he rest in peace.
John’s public life was expertly chronicled in last week’s Community Journal. It was easy for me to understand he was so active in such a profound, yet humanitarian manner.
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In addition to John Givens’ family, following are some influential others I revered during my years in Milwaukee — most of whom are no longer with us:
Vel, Dale, Paul and Ethel Phillips
: The iconic Phillips family was one of the most respected in Black Milwaukee’s history. The dynamic Vel was the subject of my first achievement in journalism — a profile for SEPIA Magazine in October 1958 headlined “Milwaukee’s First Woman Alderman.” She went on to historic heights — once as national committeewoman for Wisconsin Democratic party, and her influence never waned.
Vel’s husband, Dale, was a talented local attorney and his brother, Paul — a record-breaking sprinter at Marquette who nearly qualified for the 1936 U.S. Olympic team — later headed the Urban League in Grand Rapids, Mich. Paul’s wife, Ethel — one of my mother’s four sisters — and their accomplished son, Michael, relocated to Racine
Theophilus (Ted) and Patsy Crockett
: Members of the extended Colin and Moody families — which lived for decades at 117 W. Vine St. and 519 W. Brown St. — Pat and Ted excelled in heir careers as a lawyer and librarian when acknowledged, successful Black professionals in Milwaukee were rare.
After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Ted attended UWM, earned a law degree at Marquette and stood out as a Milwaukee assistant city attorney in the 1950s-60s.
Before moving to N. 16th St. near Rufus King High with sons, Jeffrey and Mark, the Crocketts lived in low-income, Black-owned Carver Memorial Homes on N. 4th St. between W. Vine St. and W. Reservoir Ave.
Thomas and Diane Cheeks:
As the revered mentor of many of the inner-city’s Black teenagers during his eventful days as a teacher and basketball and track coach at Lincoln High School, Mr. Cheeks — a native of Iowa — and his accomplished wife, Diane, were among the most notable Black or White residents in Milwaukee history.
Second only to my late father, he was the most influential man in my life. Among his numerous local milestones was his position as Milwaukee Public School Systems’ first Black faculty member at a secondary school (Lincoln High) and, in 1959, served on The Mayor’s Study Committee on Social Problems-Inner Core. The venerable Mr. Cheeks, whose Near North Side home was near to that of my family, passed away at 93 in 2001.
Reuben and Mildred Harpole:
Two of my dearest friends, the Harpoles personify the heights to which Black Milwaukeeans can reach. Prior to meeting Millie, I spent many days and nights at the Harpole house at N. 8th St. and W. Garfield Ave.– courting teenage sisters Gloria and Mardree (called Jim), and getting to know their mother.
And if not for prodding by Reuben — as we sorted letters at the main Post Office downtown — I may not have again tried to become a journalist.
I was turned down by The Milwaukee Journal (racial reasons) and Black-owned Johnson Publications (no experience). The community-minded Reuben urged me to keep trying and, eventually, I succeeded. Sadly, brilliant, accomplished Millie Harpole recently passed, and all of us are devastated.
Sanford and Juanita Carter:
The late parents of this writer were among the Black community’s most respected citizens since the 1930s. The Texas-born Mr. Carter was a baseball star in the old Negro Leagues and a 35-year-veteran of the U.S. Post Office.
In 1944, he was elected chairman of low-income Carver Memorial Homes and in 1946, helped create The Milwaukee Globe — the city’s first Black newspaper. He also was chairman of the board of Columbia Savings & Loan — the state’s first Black-owned financial institution, and ran the renowned Carter-Moody Insurance Agency. Mrs. Carter, a Milwaukee native, was a Grand Matron in the Order of Eastern Star, and a willing confidante who’s sage advice was sought by many Black women.
Alwin and the Jarreau family:
From their time on N.5th St. between W. Walnut and W. Vine Sts., to their years at N. 4th and W. Reservoir, the Jarreau family — including four brothers and a sister — exuded talent.
In those days, brothers Altheus and Emile vocalized with Gerald Mack and George Sanders as the Counts of Rhythm — entertaining passersby on Walnut Street. Alwin, of course, achieved world-wide fame as an innovative jazz vocalist.
As one of my classmates at Lincoln High, where he began to hone his pipes, he never wavered in his love of local friends — once calling out to me “Dickie Carter” from the middle of New York’s busy Sixth Ave. On Nov. 11, 1994, Alwin again came through — appearing live and singing on WNOV radio’s “Carter-McGee Report.
Michael and Penelope McGee:
My long-time friend, Michael Sr. — outspoken ex- Milwaukee councilman — was my acerbic, albeit jovial co-host of the 1994-95 highly rated, controversial “Carter-McGee Report” on WNOV radio. He and Penelope, a teacher at Auer Avenue School, were the proud, hard-working parents of nine children.
I chuckle recalling their delight one morning when Michael told them I was the father of Sherry Carter, of Black Entertainment Television. Michael’s mother — whom I loved talking with — told me she never missed our programs.
A pro-McGee column I wrote for The Milwaukee Journal in 1987, prompted Michael to ask me, in 1994, to help create our radio show — a move enthusiastically approved by Penelope McGee..
Calvin and Neil Moody
: During his high-profile local life, the rotund, Peoria, Illinois-born Mr. Moody was Milwaukee’s first Black police detective, first Black county supervisor and well-known, respected — and sometimes feared — by people of all ages throughout the Black community.
Following his retirement, he and Neil — his wife of 60-plus years — operated a successful bail-bond business out of their stately home at 519 W. Brown St.
There, they often hosted large, extended family gatherings in its spacious side-yard. In 2015, Mr. Moody was honored by the grand opening of the Milwaukee County Park System’s “Moody Park” on August 20, 2015 at 2250 W. Burleigh St.
Sandal and Vera Carter:
This loving, religious pair of revered Milwaukeeans — the parents of Sanford Carter — are remembered as prime movers in the success of the legendary choir at St. Mark’s Methodist Church, then located on N. 4th and W. Cherry Sts.
Mrs. Carter — affectionately called “Boopa” by her grandchildren — was a long-time custodian at the Wisconsin Electric Company in downtown Milwaukee.
Mr. Carter — known as “Poppa” — was partially blinded by a gas attack in World War I and worked for many years as a railroad Pullman Car porter. He served as choir director at St. Mark’s. and, an inveterate baseball fan, often listened to three games simultaneously on the radio.
Ben and Marlene Johnson:
The notable Johnsons — introduced by me at a teenage party at my house — distinguished themselves in local politics. Ben was an outspoken, sometimes embattled Common Council president, and the beautiful Marlene was a knowledgeable, feisty Council member representing the largely Black Sixth Ward.
Ben‘s family lived for years at W. Vine and N. Palmer Sts., around the corner from my family’s home on N. 1st St. An outstanding running back on Lincoln High’s football team, Ben later effectively made his mark in local politics.
Marlene — a graduate of North Division High — overcame a hearing disability to push through effective legislation. This charming couple eventually parted, but their positive family legacy remains in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee native Richard G. Carter is a freelance columnist
Some of the most respected Black Milwaukeeans have repeatedly told me to “shut up!”
“Don’t rock the boat; too much is at stake to upset the apple….err watermelon cart.”
More often than not, they actually agree with the validity of my concerns but posit my column could incite or anger the tribe when other considerations should be factored in.
At least that’s their rationale.
For example, I’ve been told several times by various Black Democratic Party stakeholders not to write about the myriad problems facing Milwaukee’s largest ethnic group as the national media begins focusing on the city as the DNC convention approaches.
In essence, don’t “reveal” how or why Milwaukee is the most segregated city in America, and hosts the highest Black male unemployment rate.
Or that the overwhelming majority of Black children attending government schools (MPS) are not proficient in reading or math. And are on the short end of the broadest academic achievement gap north of Cuba.
And I will be dammed to political purgatory (I guess that’s the deep woods of Mississippi or forced to live on Milwaukee’s southside—also known as “the Twilight Zone”) if I note Milwaukee has the highest poverty rate in the country!
A consistent refrain has been I will embarrass the Democratic Party or spark questions by the national media leading up to the convention. And God forbid a candidate is forced to respond to a question about our socioeconomic condition.
Hell, I could give Milwaukee a blackeye. (‘blackeye? That’s apropos.)
Equally important, my rants could spark conversations within the Black community about the ineffectiveness or unwillingness of the party we support in addressing–much less solving–our economic, educational, or cultural woes.
For the record, regardless of what I say, there is absolutely no chance we (consistent Black voters; myself included) will abandon the party. The Republican Party is not an option, and there is little appeal for the Socialist or Workers World Parties.
We have no other option and will vote for whichever white career politician emerges to combat Donald Trumpster.
The fear is my concerns will lead to confusion, discontent, and anxiety, which may lead to voter apathy.
That’s what happened in 2016, when 23,000 apathetic Black potential voters stayed home, giving 45IQ the state.
And without an enthusiastic African American vote this time around, there’s a genuine possibility 45IQ will be given four more years to incite a civil war.
By raising these concerns, the party will stop ignoring us and put us on their agenda.
That’s why I keep “signifying.” It’s my God-ordained role to shake the tree, to ask questions at an inappropriate time, and prod Black politician to do more than merely articulate the problem.
But I’m running out of time, and equally important, Black America has incurred its plight for too long; waiting for some liberal white knight to save us.
I’ve been doing this column for over four decades. I have worked hard to earn the reputation as a tree shaker—someone whose aggressive efforts result in the fruit falling to earth.
My sole agenda today is precisely the same as it was back-in-the-day: Black empowerment! I have no permanent friends or permanent enemies, only permanent issues.
I see the world through a Black Nationalist prism, putting the interests of our tribe before the political party or special interest.
I don’t hold membership in any party (although I almost exclusively vote Democrat). Nor do I pay tithes to any civil rights group (most of are under the thumb of special interests).
Over the years, l ‘ve used this column to pull the covers off the bed to expose the truth (and the lies), and it didn’t matter if liberals, conservatives, moderates or virgins were caught in my cross-hairs. Truth is essential to empowerment.
It is why I often criticize most so-call liberals and reveal them to be the other wing on the political bird.
Which is not to say, as some try to convince y’all, that I’m conservative, or Republican. God (Nyame) forbid. There’s an old expression: Black people are politically liberal and culturally conservative. Which means I’m probably a moderate since I’ve watched liberals and conservatives exploit us.
Therein lies the problem. We have been brainwashed into assuming because someone calls themselves a “liberal,” or a Democrat, they are the good guys, or have our best interests at heart. History clearly reveals such assumptions are erroneous.
But give them credit for confusing the issues. They have created a new political paradigm where we’re caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place.
They (Democrats) have been successful in getting us to believe collaborating with a Republican on anything makes the collaborator an enemy of the people.
To suggest so-called liberals and progressives have hidden agendas that undermine Black progress is to be a traitor.
If I’ve learned nothing else in four decades of study, research, and writing, it’s Black America has few friends, and both conservatives and liberals can be racist and disingenuous.
As I’ve said, conservatives own the Rent-A-Centers which are prominent in urban centers, while liberals push policies that keep us content in our poverty, with just enough resources to purchase goods from the businesses whose owners they (liberals) say exploit us.
Rev. John McVicker, one of the city’s most influential “liberation theologists,” said as much during the recent Watch-Night Service at Christ the King Church.
It was apropos that Rev. McVicker’s message that night spoke of the forces that have “blocked the door,” including liberals.
We need an independent voice and agenda, he said, a voice strong enough to be heard over the clamor of those telling us to be silent or to continue waiting for our emancipation.
McVicker spoke from personal experience in dealing with so-called liberals, as have I.
He advocates for educational options, providing poor Black families with the ability to send their children to schools of their choosing, instead of some liberal ideologue more interested in ensuring his employment than the welfare of our children.
That experience revealed to all of Black Milwaukee the covert truth, the hidden agenda of the liberal teacher’s union, of many Black stakeholders and even of the Democratic Party which continues to support the teacher union agenda over that of Black America.
There is a reason why the liberal Democrats—including Barack Obama if you want to be truthful—oppose school choice, and that paradigm is at the core of my criticism:
Their control of the resources so their poverty pimp cousins can secure employment with organizations making us comfortable in our poverty.
That’s why the Democratic Party never supports programs and policies that empower Black America. Why they replaced fathers in the home with an uncle (Sam) and trap our children in government schools they wouldn’t send their children.
We are pawns in the process as most will acknowledge—used by one political faction and scorned by the other. Yet because we have no other choice (we are told), we are forced to follow the DNC pied piper.
Making matters worse, we’re told to remain silent, allowed only to occasionally mutter under our breath.
But not me.
As part of a strategy to maintain their grip on us, they fund civil rights groups, employ a handful of “Black leaders” and give a few crumbs to stakeholders who are silenced by their accommodation.
I exposed that latter scheme several years ago when I revealed the agenda of groups like ACORN and, more recently, the Wisconsin White Family Party (which is not really a political party, but a special interest group run by so-called progressives.)
I revealed a couple of years ago how that “party’s” leadership sponsored the campaign of several Black political candidates and later forced them to accept an agenda that stagnates Black progress. They called one of them a “nappy haired” friend, and implied an independent Black politician was on drugs because she exposed them. They were even behind a failed attempt to put Whites in leadership over the Black legislative caucus.
This same group coordinated vicious and racist attacks against State Senator Lena Taylor and Rep. Jason Fields because they refused to play the game according to their rules.
The White Family Party and the teacher’s union most recently attacked former MPS School Board director Wendel Harris, vice president of the state NAACP, because he put the interest of failing Black students before union efforts to block educational options. Harris supported a contract for a charter school that is far superior to any neighborhood government school.
The truth of the matter is we’ve been sold a bill of goods, as Malcolm said, we’ve been hoodwinked, bamboozled, and (my word) pimped into believing the liberal means something it doesn’t, and the people calling themselves such are not necessarily our friends.
And what’s worse, Black folks trying to silence me for revealing this truth (that they acknowledge behind closed doors).
- If not now, when?When another generation of our children are allowed to slip through the cracks and join the ever-growing impoverished ranks; when new prisons are constructed to fuel the prison industrial complex.
My mission is to educate and inform, motivate, and to inspire. As part of that agenda, I have to call out those who block our path, who block the schoolhouse door.
We’ve been asking our ‘benefactors’ for 300 years now to join us in our quest for equality and opportunity.
We have received only rhetoric in return, along with unkept promises. The check that bounced as Martin said. In fact, he also posited that “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
I plan to keep shouting until someone hears me.
City leaders, law enforcement and residents credit collaboration for the reduction in murders and carjackings
Compiled by MCJ Editorial Staff
The combined efforts of law enforcement, the city department of health, community-based organizations, and government—working together—is credited for a steady five year decrease in Milwaukee’s crime rate.
The decrease in crime has “dropped” the city out of the top 10 most dangerous cities in the United States. In 2018, Milwaukee was number 17.
Coupled with the winning strategy of partnership between government and residents has been methods the city’s police department adopted during those years of decline according to Mayor Tom Barrett and city government officials and community stake holders who announced the good news during a news conference in the rotunda of City Hall recently.
The key players in the decline: Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonzo Morales, Milwaukee Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing, Milwaukee Commissioner of Health Jeanette Kowalik, Reggie Moore, director of the city’s Office of Violence Prevention; and members of the organization 414 Life, were on hand for the announcement.
Violent crime has fallen 33%. The drop includes homicides, nonfatal shootings and carjackings. But the primary focus has been and is on decreasing the homicide rate.
Nonfatal shootings decreased from 558 in 2017 to 476 in 2018. Data for 2019 was unavailable. Carjacking decreased from 383 in 2018 to 346 in 2019.
Recent analysis of data for the last five years revealed what Milwaukee Police believe is the root cause of violent crime, domestic violence and gun violence.
Chief Morales said the key to continue the decrease in crime is better educational outcomes in the city’s schools and expanding economic opportunities, especially in neighborhoods still experiencing high levels of violence.
The chief said 40 percent of the city’s gun violence is concentrated in 14 neighborhoods. “The strategy is working, but we have a long way to go,” Morales reportedly said.
Aside from the teamwork being employed by city departments, community-based organizations, and concerned residents, Morales also credited a “strategic approach” to fighting crime.
The MPD is using what it calls the “Shoot Review Model,” an intelligence-led, data-driven, violence reducing strategy that collaborates law enforcement, researchers and community partners every time a shooting occurs in the city.
The police chief stressed another part of their approach is to focus on the “problem people”—the 10% who cause the majority of problems in the city.
But Morales said they still have a way to go before proclaiming victory, adding Milwaukee is still struggling to curb reckless driving. Seventy-five people were killed in Milwaukee County last year from a motor vehicle accident, according to media reports.
Moore said of the 97 homicides reported in 2019, eight of them were children under the age of 18. Five of those children where under the age of five.
Moore said every story, every survivor and every loss reminds them of what’s at stake if the city and residents fail to continue the momentum.