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Author: Reggie Jackson

Massacre in El Paso: With blood on his hands, Trump cannot be absolved of anti-Latino hate speech

“They are not our friend, believe me. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” – Donald Trump, disparaging Mexicans in 2016 After several mass shooting incidents in a few short weeks, I find it incredibly difficult to wrap my head around the current state of mind of the United States. Much of what will be written in the coming days and weeks will be about gun control in the wake of these tragedies. I believe there is a deeper structural issue that continues to go unaddressed. Racism and hatred are being...

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Reggie Jackson: A lawless disregard for road safety fuels Milwaukee’s reckless driving epidemic

“We moved to the areas where we have the highest incidents of bad driving and without giving out too much information, we really hit those areas hard.” – Ray Banks, Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief For years my wife and I had a running joke that whenever we returned to Milwaukee from an out-of-town trip we were guaranteed to see someone doing something stupid within five minutes of being back in town. Invariably it was true. In most instances it was related to someone driving. Little did we know that this inside joke would reflect the trend we see, without...

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Reggie Jackson: Reflecting on the A.O. Smith backstory with eyes open to a community in need

Not long ago I began to more actively pay attention to the city I’ve spent most of my life in. I began to see things that had been right in front of me for years that I simply found no reason to pay close attention to. My mind is wired in such a way that I notice patterns. I don’t understand why that is the case, but it has helped me to see things that other people don’t necessarily see. There are things that are right in front of us everyday that we mostly ignore or pay little attention...

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Reggie Jackson: Juneteenth, Consent of the Governed, and the Constant Struggle for Equality

Black Americans did not abandon liberal democracy because of slavery, Jim Crow, and the systematic destruction of whatever wealth they managed to accumulate; instead they took up arms in two world wars to defend it. Japanese Americans did not reject liberal democracy because of internment or the racist humiliation of Asian exclusion; they risked life and limb to preserve it. Latinos did not abandon liberal democracy because of “Operation Wetback,” or Proposition 187, or because of a man who won a presidential election on the strength of his hostility toward Latino immigrants. Gay, lesbian, and trans Americans did not...

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Kids and Guns: When tragedy strikes next door and Milwaukee neighbors join in support

Yesterday, on Tuesday, June 18, a tragedy struck at the home of one of my neighbors. A precious 5 year-old boy had found a gun and accidentally killed himself. It was a shock to my system. I had seen the child a few times, but did not really know the family because they live across the alley on the next street over. I posted something about the tragedy on Facebook before knowing the details of what happened for sure. Later in the day, once the police left the scene, the hard part started. The extended family members were allowed...

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