How do we repair Milwaukee’s black community?

January 2nd, 2006

No more pointing fingers.

No more blaming poverty.

No more blaming whitey.

No more pining for brain-dead manufacturing jobs that aren’t ever coming back.

No more liberal bullshit.

And no more conservative condescension.

The question is, discount cialis remedy how do we repair the failed fabric of Milwaukee’s black community?

I don’t have all the answers (hell, capsule I may not have any of the answers), pilule but I have some suggestions:

SOME THINGS ONLY THE BLACK COMMUNITY CAN DO:

1.) Change the black culture that devalues education and overvalues “respect.”

2.) Make heroes out of black doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs NOT sports stars, rappers, and gangsters.

3.) Report crime. Call the cops. Turn in the little SOB dealing drugs on the corner. He is poisoning YOUR community.

4.) Quit blaming everyone else for your plight. Yes, blacks have gotten the short end of the stick in America. But so have asians, hispanics, and pretty much every other ethnic group that ever came to these shores. The first step to not being a victim is to stop acting like one!

5.) Make it clear that getting a good education is the ONLY reliable path out of the situation many blacks find themselves in. That doesn’t mean all kids have to be lawyers. But they can learn to be plumbers, programmers, cops, firemen, woodworkers, nurses, etc.

SOME THINGS ONLY BLACK PARENTS CAN DO:

1.) Don’t become a parent until you’re READY to become a parent. That means you have to be able to pay for your family.

2.) Learn that YOU are responsible for your children. Make them do their homework. Make them stay in school. Keep them away from drugs. KNOW who they are hanging out with.

SOME THINGS THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY CAN DO

1.) Fix the damn schools! Put the children ahead of the teachers for once. Hold teachers accountable. Hold parents accountable. Hold the kids accountable.
2.) KEEP the kids in school. If a kid’s truant, send cops to find him and drag him to school. And NO ONE drops out of school. You keep going until you graduate from college or have a marketable skill.
3.) Invest in education. Money is NOT the answer, but it could help fund some answers.
4.) Quit being so quick to lay all the blame on blacks! If you think being black in America is so easy, YOU try it.
5.) STOP “helping” in ways that just create more dependency and reinforce a sense of entitlement. (That means NO more handouts with no strings attached.)

All of us who live in and near Milwaukee MUST change this situation.

We cannot thrive with a cancer in our midst.

I LOVE Milwaukee. I’ve lived in many states and many places and this is the only place I’ve ever truly called home. I want my home to be a decent, safe, and prosperous place for all of us who live here: black, white, hispanic, asian, and the rest.

It’s time to get serious.

No one’s going to do this for us.

We’re going to have to do it for each other.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brent  |  January 3rd, 2006 at 9:47 am

    Amen brother! But this not just the black community’s problem. I have seen it across all races,ecomomic status, and locations.

  • 2. Administrator  |  January 3rd, 2006 at 10:47 am

    I know, Brent.

    But the people who suffer the most in Milwaukee are in the black community, so I wanted to focus on helping them.

    And I think we need to focus because:

    1.) Talking in generalities doesn’t lead to action. It usually just leads to more talk.

    2.) The solutions for other communities may be very different. For example: the hispanic community may have issues related to language, the wealthier communities may have more problems with teens and drugs.

    I’m not up for fixing everything today. I’m too tired for that.

    But the issues in Milwaukee’s black community are hurting all of us and they are issues so large they are going to take all of us to fix.

  • 3. The World According to Ni&hellip  |  January 5th, 2006 at 11:41 am

    Carnival of the Badger – Cold and Flu Edition…

    Normally I’d spend extra time being creative… coming up with fun quips and related links to everyone’s posts… but I’m still feeling pretty out of it… and am kind hopped up on cold medicine. So this should be interesting….

  • 4. From Where I Sit » &hellip  |  January 23rd, 2006 at 1:07 am

    […] I believe there are cultural issues inside and outside of the black community that need to be addressed if we are going to end the violence. […]

  • 5. From Where I Sit » &hellip  |  March 26th, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    […] I have stated on several occasions that the main problem in America’s inner cities is not racism…or guns…it’s the culture. […]

  • 6. M. Simon  |  March 27th, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    Do something about black demographics.

    When there is a man shortage you get the kinds of cultural shift seen in the black community.

    Want to fix it? Do something to end drug prohibition which is enforced most severely against black men.

    Is Addiction Real?

  • 7. M. Simon  |  March 27th, 2006 at 8:49 pm

    Violence problem?

    Ever consider ending prohibition?

  • 8. M. Simon  |  March 27th, 2006 at 8:55 pm

    More severe enforcement of the drug laws?

    My understanding is that that just creates a job opening. Who gets the job will be determined by violence. In other words your prescription will increase violence. Way to go.

    The FBI did a big sting in our community (Rockford, Illinois) a number of years back. They predicted an upsurge of violence as the newly opened turf was allocated. They were right. They destroyed a drug gang and the murder rate went up. One of the murdered was a young kid.

  • 9. M. Simon  |  March 27th, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    Prohibition is the rino in the living room.

    So you have two choices blame the government (ala alcohol prohibition) or blame the drugs (ala Billy Sunday). Since the government has only your best interest at heart then drugs it is. As so many black ministers will attest.

  • 10. keepeminpoverty  |  June 29th, 2006 at 12:41 am

    Yet another study finds that racial discrimination is alive and well in the hiring process, and it’s keeping black men in metro Milwaukee on the unemployment rolls.

    The study offers this fictional scenario:

    A young, white, male high school graduate with a felony conviction applies in person for entry level jobs as a driver, a dishwasher, a laborer, warehouse worker and production worker that are advertised in the newspaper and admits to employers that he served 18 months in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to sell.

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    A young black man with similar education, work history and style of presentation, but with no criminal record, applies for the same jobs.

    Who do you think is more likely to be called back?

    If you picked the white man with the felony conviction, you guessed right.

    This study offers evidence that discrimination remains a major factor in the economic lives of black men, and highlights the fear and misunderstanding of black males that permeate the local job market.

    Devah Pager, a sociologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., sent equally matched pairs of testers – two black and two white – to apply for low-skilled jobs at 350 places of employment in the Milwaukee area and found that white ex-offenders were more likely to be called back for an interview than black applicants who had no criminal record.

    Students test employers
    In this detailed study, bright, articulate, college students posed as job applicants. Even though the results were strikingly close, black men without criminal records were called back only 14% of the time, while whites with criminal records were called back 17% of the time.

    The study, titled “The Mark of a Criminal Record,” was conducted in Milwaukee between June and December 2001, and the results were released last month.

    “It shows there’s a great deal of work that has to be done in the education of employers and working on attitudes,” says Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. “This type of racial disparity in employment practices really impacts us as a region. It impacts our work force, and it really impacts how the inner-city moves forward.”

    Pager chose Milwaukee for her experiment because it is representative of most large metropolitan areas in its size, racial demographics and industrial base, she says.

    The study’s findings would surprise few African-Americans in this city, who know from experience that this kind of discrimination exists in the job market. Research shows that white Americans, however, have been led to think that direct, racial discrimination of this nature has become less of a problem in our society.

    It was even surprising to Pager, a young white woman.

    “I expected that there would be an effect of race. I thought the effect of a criminal record would swamp other effects,” Pager says. “That assumption was clearly wrong. It really suggests that stereotypes and assumptions about black males are very much a factor in hiring decisions.”

    Facing tougher odds
    The study demonstrates the increased odds black male ex-offenders face in finding employment and successfully reintegrating into the economic mainstream, says Lenard Wells, chairman of the Milwaukee Parole Commission and a former Milwaukee police officer.

    “It’s as if there’s a concerted effort to keep black men from getting employment, to keep them oppressed,” says Wells, former president of the League of Martin, an organization of black Milwaukee police officers.

    “We say we want to reintegrate individuals into the community. We say that we want to do something about unemployment in the black community, yet we want to pretend that it’s a criminal record that prevents blacks from getting jobs. It’s blatant, undisputed, racism,” he says.

  • 11. Wartime  |  May 3rd, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Its they naycha!

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