We’d so love to end this article at “yes”, but in the spirit of journalism & making sure Donald Trump is never normalized, we’ll continue on.
According to a Business Insider article written by Kevin Loria there’s many reasons to truly believe that our president is a con. Con artists are motivated both by a desire to be the center of attention and the power that comes with that ability to manipulate others, psychologist Maria Konnikova, author of “The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It … Every Time,” explained to me earlier this year.
“[They’re] addicted to that sense of power, that rush of being able to pull one over on people and get away with it,” Konnikova explained.
Along the way, they’ll deceive people in order to get that attention and power.
As for deception, Pulitzer-prize winning fact-checking organization Politifact awarded Trump’s statements the 2015 “Lie of the Year” award. Of 298 Trump statements assessed at time of publication, Politifact rated only 4% as “true” and 11% as “mostly true;” 19% of Trump statements earned a “mostly false,” 35% a “false,” and 17% a “pants on fire.” (Of 272 Clinton statements assessed, 24% earned a “true,” 27% a “mostly true,” 15% a “mostly false,” 10% a “false,” and 3% a “pants on fire.”)
But being a con artist isn’t just about deception — it’s about intent. After all, many politicians deceive people. They’re not all practitioners of the confidence game; many truly believe what they are saying or believe it’s worth it to stretch the truth to accomplish their political goals.
being a con artist isn’t just about deception — it’s about intent
“If Trump were a con artist, he would be interested in politics only as a means to some other end,” Konnikova writes in The New Yorker. “He wouldn’t believe in his political opinions; instead, he would see those opinions as convenient tools for gaining what he actually desires.”
Power and being at the center of attention would fit as a con artist’s goal. “Trump, as a con artist, would give up on politics the moment it stopped serving his purposes, moving on to the next thing that gave him the same level of attention and adulation,” Konnikova wrote.
In a brilliant NewYork Times piece by Charles M. Blow called, “Disciples of a false Prophet” Charles writes: The con Donald Trump committed on his voters is slowly coming undone. He is not honest. He is not a brilliant deal maker. He is not even competent.
His entire life, Trump has sold shimmer and called it silver. It was and is all an illusion, a brand built on selling banality with braggadocio. He shaped vapors into dreams and delivered them to those hungry for a taste of the showy, hollow form of the high life he came to represent. He was successful at exploiting those with an ostentatious appetite for the air of success. Trump’s life story is a pyramid scheme of ambitions.
His entire life, Trump has sold shimmer and called it silver
He took that history to a people struggling through a drought of opportunity and he exploited their weaknesses: a shrinking sense of economic security and growing nativist tendencies.
But Trump doesn’t speak so much from facts as from feelings. For him, the truth is malleable and a lie is valuable. He creates his own reality rather than living in the reality of others. Deception is just a tool; betrayal is just an inconvenience.
We’ll keep you posted if his con ever becomes honest work for the American people. (Don’t hold your breath)
When U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan describes repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, he gives the signature legislation of President Barack Obama a wack assessment. The Wisconsin Republican in January 2017 said Obamacare “is in what the actuaries call a death spiral,” Politifacts said that his statement was flat out False. Ryan even went so far as to say on Jan. 27, 2017 that it is “basically a spectacular failure,”
There are many ways, of course, to evaluate the Affordable Care Act, (ObamaCare) which became law in 2010 though many changes were phased in later. But two of the major ones are coverage (Do more people have health insurance?) and costs (How much do you pay for insurance and what does it cover?)
The fact is the President’s Council of Economic Advisers credits ObamaCare for what it says is a one-third drop nationally since 2010 in the share of Americans reporting that they have forgone medical care due to cost. And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has estimated that during the first six years of Obamacare, 20 million Americans gained health insurance as a result of the law. during the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton said a record 90 percent of Americans had health insurance. PolitiFact National rated that True. A month later, in November 2016, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, based on its annual survey, found 8.9 percent of Americans did not have health insurance in 2016.
When former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said in a Milwaukee debate in December 2015 that “Obamacare isn’t helping anyone,” she earned a Pants on Fire report from Politifact! At the time, 10 million people had been put on Medicaid as a result of Medicaid’s expansion under the law; and 9.5 million were enrolled in policies bought on the marketplace (including 8 million who were receiving subsidies under the law).
In addition, the law as it stands now has meant millions of Americans are no longer at risk of being denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions (a Promise Kept for Obama); or are no longer at risk of being kicked off policies for developing expensive medical conditions.
So today, Republicans bent on repealing Obamacare have ironically kept a lot of it because the people fought like hell for them to keep it, and if they only had worked with Obama instead of against him, even what’s wrong with the bill could have likely been fixed. Walking a fine line between the free market and a safety net, Republicans on March 6 released their legislative plan to replace Obamacare — more formally known as the Affordable Care Act — without throwing millions of people off their health insurance coverage.
It’s too soon to tell how much the plan will cost or if people currently covered will retain their coverage, and at what cost. That information will come later, after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office finishes analyzing the plan.
But we can draw a few initial conclusions about the plan, which the Republicans are calling the American Health Care Act, or AHCA.
The requirement to buy insurance goes away. People will no longer be fined on their tax returns if they lack insurance under the plan. Large companies will no longer have to pay penalties for not offering insurance.
There are still tax credits for people to buy insurance. The plan includes an “advanceable” tax credit, based on age and families size, which people can use to buy insurance. Whether it’s as bigger or smaller than Obamacare will depend on specific circumstances. The plan’s advocates say the credit will be between $2,000 and $14,000 a year “for low- and middle-income individuals and families who don’t receive insurance through work or a government program.”
Insurers still have to cover pre-existing conditions, but they will be able to charge more for people who are recently uninsured. The plan allows insurance companies to charge higher rates if a person has a significant lapse in coverage. Higher rates will be charged if a person was uninsured for 63 continuous days during the previous 12 months.
Move toward allowing different types of policies, such as catastrophic policies. The Obama administration required insurance companies to cover basic care without exclusions; they called it “essential health benefits.” Those rules stay in place for now for private insurance. But the GOP plan ends essential benefits for some in Medicaid, and Republicans have said they intend to encourage more limited policies and policies that kick in only in cases of major illness or injury.
Adult children and college students can stay on their parents’ plans. As under Obamacare, children will be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26.
Medicaid will eventually be reduced, but it might expand first. The Medicaid expansion remains at first but new enrollment freezes in 2020. Other limitations will also be applied to the program.
The taxes from the 2010 health care law will be repealed. That includes taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, health-insurance premiums and medical devices. As for how the plan will be paid for, an explanation on the House GOP website says, “We are still discussing details, but we are committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with fiscally responsible policies that restore the free market and protect taxpayers.”
Let’s keep their feet to the fire!
In case anyone is getting too sidetracked by the Russian spy drama & wiretapping hype, we thought you should know that a bunch of stuff is being introduced under the radar.
The Republican-led Congress is wasting no time forcing through the most horrendous bills seen in decades while America’s eyes are on Russia. With both houses of Congress solidly under Republican control, there’s little in the way to stop House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) from sending bills to President Trump’s desk that embody the most dangerous aspects of radical right-wing ideology.
During President Trump‘s first two months in office various legislation is being introduced by Republicans included bills to: terminate the Environmental Protection Agency; redistribute federal school funding via voucher programs; terminate the Dept. of Education; repeal a wildlife protection rule; repeal the Affordable Care Act; defund Planned Parenthood; establish a national right-to-work law; strip federal funds from sanctuary cities; criminalize abortion; and place new sanctions on Iran.
Here is the full list, with brief summaries and links to sources for more information:
1 – H.R. 861: To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
Introduced on 3 February 2017 by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) and three Republican cosponsors, the body of H.R. 861 is only one sentence long: “The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.” The text of the bill does not stipulate what would become of existing EPA regulations and their enforcement, but Gaetz has indicated that he intends jurisdiction to fall to individual states.
2 – H.R. 610: Tax dollars for private schools
H.R. 610, aka the “Choices in Education Act of 2017,” would change how federal tax dollars are distributed to qualified states for education spending, mandating that all such monies be awarded in block grants, a portion of which must go into voucher programs for use by parents to pay for private and home schools. The bill was introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), with three Republican cosponsors. Supporters say the legislation is intended to widen educational options for all Americans, though critics maintain it amounts to at least a partial defunding of public schools.
3 – H.R. 899: To terminate the Department of Education
Like H.R. 861, which would get rid of the EPA, H.R. 899 calls simply for the “termination” of the Department of Education by the end of 2018. It was introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), with six Republican cosponsors (including Rep. Matt Gaetz, who introduced the bill to terminate the EPA). President Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has stated she would be “fine” with having herself “worked out of a job.”
4 – H.J.R. 69: To repeal a wildlife protection rule in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge
House Joint Resolution 69, introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) on 7 February 2017 and passed by the House nine days later, would negate U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations prohibiting certain types of non-subsistence hunting for purposes of predator control on federally protected lands in Alaska. Supporters of H.J.R. 69 say the reversal is necessary to redress an “illegal jurisdictional power grab” by the federal government.
5 – H.R. 370: To repeal the Affordable Care Act
According to Reuters, Congressional Republicans tried more than 60 times to repeal or modify the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) while Obama was still in office. Candidate Trump promised to rid of Obamacare if he won, and it was a major plank in the 2016 Republican Party platform. Not unexpectedly, Rep. Bill Flores, a Texas Republican, re-introduced H.R. 370, a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, on 8 January 2017, eight weeks after Trump was elected. It contained no details pertaining to what might be offered as an alternative to the ACA, or when.
6 – H.R. 354: To defund Planned Parenthood
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tennessee) introduced H.R. 354, the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017,” on 6 January. Like another version introduced (and passed by the House) in 2015, the bill would prohibit distribution of federal funds to Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any of its affiliates or clinics for a period of one year, unless they certify that no funds will go toward providing abortions (except in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening conditions). H.R. 354 has 133 cosponsors (all Republicans), even though the use of federal funds for abortion services is already prohibited by law, and even though Planned Parenthood claims abortions comprise only 3 percent of its total services and only around 10 percent of its clients receive abortions.
7 – H.R. 785: National right-to-work legislation
Many states have enacted so-called right-to-work laws, which prohibit labor unions and employers from requiring workers to join unions to get or keep jobs. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) explains:
Currently, 28 states and Guam have given workers a choice when it comes to union membership. Labor unions still operate in those states, but workers cannot be compelled to become members as a requirement of their job. Kentucky became the 27th right-to-work state when it enacted HB 1 on Jan. 9, 2017. Missouri became the 28th by enacting SB 19 on Feb. 2, 2017.
Unlike many other items on their agenda, the Republican sponsors of H.R. 785 are keen on handing over the power to decide this matter to the federal government instead of the states. Opponentssay passage of the bill would lead to lower wages and greater unemployment nationwide, not to mention create an unfair situation in which non-dues-paying employees reap the benefits of union activities.
8 – H.R. 83: Mobilizing against sanctuary cities
H.R. 83, introduced by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania) and cosponsored by nine Republicans, would punish so-called “sanctuary cities” (such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and New York City) who refuse to comply with certain federal immigration policies, such as handing over undocumented immigrants for deportation. The bill provides that any local jurisdiction that does not comply with federal immigration regulations “shall be ineligible to receive Federal financial assistance for a minimum period of one year.” Confusingly, two days after H.R. 83 was introduced on 23 January 2017, President Trump signed an executive order designed to do the same thing. Critics argue that the order is unconstitutional.
9 – H.R. 147: To criminalize abortion in certain cases by making it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison
The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2017, H.R. 147, was introduced on 3 January 2017 by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona), with 59 cosponsors, all Republicans. The bill, similar to ones introduced in previous sessions of Congress, would not criminalize abortion per se (contrary to how it has been represented in some sources), but it would make it a crime under certain conditions:
This bill imposes criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly or knowingly attempts to: (1) perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought based on the sex, gender, color or race of the child, or the race of a parent; (2) use force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion; (3) solicit or accept funds for the performance of such an abortion; or (4) transport a woman into the United States or across a state line for the purpose of obtaining such an abortion.
Violations or attempted violations shall result in fines and/or imprisonment for up to five years.
10 – H.R. 808: Sanctions against Iran
H.R. 808, introduced on 1 February 2017 by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Illinois), places “non-nuclear” sanctions on Iran to (in cosponsor Lee Zeldin’s words) “assist with efforts to reduce Iran’s destabilizing activities, which included a missile test just this week that violated a UN resolution, as well as their continued work to overthrow foreign governments, pledge to wipe Israel off the map, chanting Death to America in their streets, and so much more.”
Here’s the bullet points:
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
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One of the iron rules of politics is this: If you’re parsing, it’s a sure sign you’re losing.
Article courtesy of the Washington Post via “The Rundown”
Today (Sunday) marks the 52nd anniversary of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River in Selma. On March 7, 1965, blacks were attacked by police! Why? Because we launched a march across the bridge en route to Montgomery seeking
something that was due to us already as American citizens! Now listen closely y’all! Blacks were ALREADY given the right to vote on February 3, 1870 by the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution. While this amendment was created to give all blacks this American freedom, the South in particular unfairly limited voting by enforcing literacy tests, poll taxes and other obstacles. The voting blocks put in place in the South remained there for almost a century! So, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated tests, fees and other unfair obstacles and allowed the majority of blacks in the South to register to vote. The march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River in Selma is credited with helping build momentum for passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. That violent episode that took lives and hurt many became known as “Bloody Sunday.”
We should remember it always. Pass it down to your children and their childrens children! The lesson for all of us is that freedom is a fight! And that it only maintained by our awareness of the devils schemes, diligence and dedication to righteousness! Today republicans are still trying to stop blacks from voting, we have this march to remind us of the necessity of activism. We salute those that fought and died and to those that bled in the streets for us to have a better life today! Clap for em!
Top democrats demand that Mr. Sessions resign because he’s perjured himself during his conformation hearings, by saying he never had conversations with Russian officials….BUT HE DID! Democrats and republicans want him to recuse himself from overseeing an investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
“Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country and must resign,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader. “There must be an independent, bipartisan, outside commission to investigate the Trump political, personal and financial connections to the Russians.”
There is justifiable and continuing fallout from the fact that U.S. intelligence officials long ago concluded that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win! The Russians also hacked Democratic emails, providing them to WikiLeaks for release and spread various rumors and conspiracy theories about Trumps opponent Hilary Clinton. ALl of this swayed our elections.
F.B.I. officials have been justifiably investigating Trump campaign affiliates who’ve had communication with the Russian government. Last month, that resulted in the national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, resigning after it emerged that Mr. Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence about a conversation with Mr. Kislyak.
Despite what Sessions says, the Justice Department revealed that Mr. Sessions had twice communicated with the Russian ambassador last year. The first time was in July, at the Republican National Convention, after he gave a speech at an event for ambassadors sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. The second time was a visit to his office by Mr. Kislyak in September. The Washington Post earlier reported both encounters.
Franken wrote on Facebook that Sessions’ answer to his Russia question now seems “at best, misleading.” We at the Milwaukee Community Journal go a tad further, Jeff Sessions is a flat our liar! He mislead his Senate colleagues, and the country, into believing he is a champion for civil rights, saying that he handled civil rights cases that in truth he barely touched!
That’s right! In a questionnaire he filed recently with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions (R-Ala.) listed four civil rights cases among the 10 most significant that he litigated “personally” as the U.S. attorney for Alabama during the 1980s. Three involved voting rights, while the fourth was a school desegregation case. Well, real civil rights heroes J. Gerald Hebert, Joseph D. Rich, William Yeomans actually worked in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, which brought those lawsuits; they handled three of the four ourselves. They stated categorically that Sessions had no substantive involvement in any of them. He did what any U.S. attorney would have had to do: He signed his name on the complaint, and they added his name on any motions or briefs. That’s it!
We’ll keep you updated on developments of this new scandal developing within the Trump administration.
1.) Omarosa Manigault is assistant to president Trump and director of communications for the Office of the Public Liaison. Within this role she handles community issues and outreach.
2.) She pressured President Trump to hire African American entertainers for the inauguration despite his reluctance because ‘black people didn’t support his campaign’. (DailyMail UK) According to multiple sources close to Trump’s inaugural committee. She convinced him that ‘a black-out’ would look terrible.
3.) She is very driven and no dummy. Omarosa has a Ph.D in communications. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, she earned a broadcast journalism degree from Central State University in 1996. She then attended Howard University where she earned a Ph.D. at Howard University in communications.
4.) Omarosa isn’t new to the white house. She was a political consultant for the Clinton Administration, where she was transferred from four different positions in two years. She also reportedly worked as a political consultant for then-Democratic Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton Administration. She was first named Deputy Associate Director of Presidential Personnel before reportedly being transferred four times in just two years due to disruptive behavior.
5.) She became a household name from the TV show “the Apprentice”. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, you must know that she parlayed a white house job out of the normal 15 minutes of fame reality shows can bring. By branding herself as a TV villain, she was fired and re-hired by Trump on the tv show numerous times and became the shows star.
6.) She’s controversial and sharp with the tongue. Once the former reality star began stumping for Trump (which she initially supported his opponent Hilary), The Apprentice version of the filter-free Omarosa showed up on the political airwaves. Whether attacking a Fox News panelist over her “big boobs” on live television, or saying CNN star Don Lemon was acting like a “queen”, she says what she wants. It’s no secret that Trump is also known for his filter-free ways.
7.) Omarosa is an associate pastor. This may be pretty shocking, especially after noting how aggressive, and downright nasty Omarosa can get publicly. Not one to “turn the other cheek”. She received her preacher’s license and was named assistant pastor at Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
8.) Omarosa literally branded her name. Love her or hate her, Omarosa is a brand: according to Celerity Net Worth, she is worth $3.5 million. This may not surprise people knowing she studied under Trump, who branded his name and then cashed-in through various business adventures all boasting his iconic brand.
With all of her drive and determination, we’ll see what she is able to do for the black community, despite her lack of discernment for backing Trump, we’re still hoping the better of her angels prevail.
Trump’s administration isn’t very diverse. The fact that he enjoys so many photo ops with black celebrities like Kanye West, Steve Harvey and Don King make it glaringly obvious, he’s not serious about diversity either.
Trump’s Cabinet So Far Is More White and More
Male Than Any First Cabinet Since Reagan’s
Shermichael Singleton, 26, the senior adviser to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was suddenly fired recently because the White House discovered he had criticized President Donald Trump. The retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was Trump’s lone African-American choice in his cabinet.
Singleton, had worked on Carson’s own presidential bid in 2016 before joining the administration. In the closing weeks of the election, Singleton wrote an op-ed critical of Trump in which he blasted the then-nominee’s rhetoric toward black voters as “a coded message from an era in our history that should stay in the past.”
After Trump was elected president he answered a number of questions regarding his op-ed and expressed remorse the New York Times reports. But administration staff hadn’t finished his background check and “this week, Mr. Trump’s advisers turned up” the op-ed and some related tweets, according to the Times. Security guards reportedly escorted Carson’s aide out of the HUD building Wednesday.
Singleton, who the Huffington Post notes is “one of the few black Republicans in the Trump administration,” told the Times he could not discuss the circumstances of his abrupt firing.
Some republicans state that Obama only had one black in his initial cabinet just like Trump today. However, Obama had appointed Eric H.Holder Jr.to be attorney general he also included more women, Asians and Hispanics than past presidents in his cabinet. He also appointed other blacks to the positions of U.S. trade representative and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Our nation has a long way to go to reflect the true diversity of its citizens. Yet, despite his horrendous service as president, George W. Bush’s initial cabinet and cabinet-level officials were 45 percent women or nonwhite men. Our 44th president, Barack Obama’s first cabinet was 64 percent. Now with the 45th in office we have gone not forward but backwards. We will be keeping our ears and eyes open for any signs of change.
Well-off black families can still end up living in poorer areas compared to white families with similar or even lower incomes. Studies have shown that white people prefer to live in communities where there are fewer black people, regardless of their income. And that truth often makes blacks feel like “the other”. Cultural divides, differing feelings about police brutality, racist governmental policies and the like can put more well off blacks between a rock and hard place.
There are small-black business owners doing well in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They have college degrees, but still their choices have been limited. For instance, one black families Victorian home bought a decade ago, is now being renting out in a majority black neighborhood, then poverty in this area has increased, and damaged their investment. There are other instances where Duplexes a families grandparents bought six decades earlier can have a median household income of just $34,000 a year, around $20,000 less than what’s typical for the region. It’s one of many ways that living around people whom blacks best relate to means wrestling day and night with the cumulative effects of racism.
For too many years, blacks have faced higher poverty rates, lower incomes and higher incarceration rates than other Americans. While such problems are nationwide, racial inequality is much worse in some parts of the country. We examined the disparities between white and black Americans using several economic and social measures and unfortunately the midwest had the worst results! It’s never enough to merely mention problems, history is always a light to understand how we can move forward! The Great Migration was when millions of African Americans fleeing from the oppressive Jim Crow policies, relocated from the South to cities such as Chicago and New York. The Midwest in particular had a huge a manufacturing boom at the time offering relatively well-paying jobs to relatively uneducated people.
Then the 70’s rolled around and the industrial Midwestern economies started declining dramatically and cities like Milwaukee became known as the Rust Belt. Valerie Wilson, director of the program on race & ethnicity explained that, “those industries dried up and left, but the people were still there.
Structural racism is a beast and must be destroyed to overcome much of these problems. Historically when blacks were literally prohibited from home and land ownership, we were at a considerable disadvantage when it comes to inherited wealth. Also the pattern of redlining, in which banks choke off lending to minorities and minority communities, crushed the midwest even more severely than other places, because black migrants began arriving in droves just as the economic structure that was supposed to buoy them was disappearing. The shifts ensured that no enclave for affluent black people was ever developed. This wealth inequality helps perpetuate racial inequalities. The value of property and financial assets is what passes from one generation to the next!
For too many black families, “each generation starts from zero and once this happens across generations, that wealth gap starts to widen. Education, employment, wages, income, all of that affects your ability to build wealth,” Wilson said. “If one of those things isn’t working, it just sort of ripples into each of those other areas.”
The NewYork Times did a detailed report about Milwaukee resident Zeddie Quitman Hyler who directly challenged housing segregation in 1955 when he began laying the foundation for a house on an open patch of land in the white Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa. A postal worker and World War II veteran from rural Mississippi, Mr. Hyler was the first black man to try to build there, and his efforts were not appreciated. He returned to his construction site one day to find the frame damaged. He fixed it, but when he came back again, it had been burned. So he enlisted several friends to camp out with him at the construction site one evening, rifles in hand, ready to turn away intruders. The vandals never returned, and Mr. Hyler finished building his house, which he lived in for nearly half a century until his death in 2004.
These historic dynamics of race and housing have not disappeared even today. As recently as 2006, a city government report found that affluent, nonwhite Milwaukeeans were 2.7 times likelier to be denied home loans than white people with similar incomes.
Many black people in Milwaukee still view the suburbs as hostile toward them. Just several years ago, the New Berlin mayor’s initial support for an affordable housing project in the nearly 93 percent white suburb was met with threats, including a sign in his yard that read, “nigger lover.”
In Milwaukee roughly 40% of the population identifies as black and in 2015 the Huffington Post named Milwaukee as the #1 worst city for blacks! Of a top 10 worst cities for blacks list they compiled, all the cities were in the midwest, again pointing to the historical Jim Crow exodus (great migration) from the 50’s.
All this shows that blacks have been generationally affected by the structural and racist policies our country has historically conducted. (Jim Crow laws etc.) But it also shows that blacks want great opportunities to uplift their families, and make decisions accordingly.
In Milwaukee, the difference between white and black high school attainment is 94.9% and 80.7%, nearly double the national average disparity. White area households in Milwaukee are relatively wealthy even compared the rest of the nation, with a median income of $61,675. Whereas, black area households, are relatively poor with a median income of just $25,646. This was one of the nation’s largest income disparities. (Stats from 24/7 Wall St.)
No one’s surprised, then, that only 11.1 percent of African-Americans in “Miltown” live in the suburbs, the lowest rate of black suburbanization among the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country, according to studies by Marc V. Levine, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Milwaukee itself, which is nearly two-thirds nonwhite, has never elected a black mayor. As for Wauwatosa, the suburb that Mr. Hyler changed a generation ago, it is still 90 percent white.
Now more than ever there’s a need for blacks whether well off or poor to unify. We as blacks must reason together socially and economically to lift up our overall reality. We truly need each other to build and maintain generational wealth within our communities so that our cultural beliefs, moral resolve and common understanding of history can motivate our future dreams.