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Author: Reggie Jackson

Segregated Minds: How pandering to a Waukesha constituency with propaganda perpetuates division

“The greatest tragedy of segregation, not merely what it does to the individual physically, but what it does to one psychologically. It scars the soul of the segregated as well as the segregator. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority while leaving the segregated with a false sense of inferiority.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As I have explored the ways in which Milwaukee’s metropolitan area has become the most segregated in the nation, I have grown to understand segregation as something much more than what people think of it as. Segregation is much more...

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Josh Hader or Josh Hater?

On a hot summer day, dedicated to the “boys of summer,” Major League Baseball (MLB) celebrated its brightest stars in its annual All-Star game. Our local team, the Milwaukee Brewers, was well represented at the game in a season that has been without controversy. On that glorious night, the spotlight would shine on a young southpaw, All-Star Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers. Unfortunately, the light did not shine on his exploits as one of the more dominant, exciting young pitchers in the league. Instead, Major League Baseball would get caught in the trajectory of a social media firestorm...

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In-your-face racism is back with a vengeance because it never left

“In just the past month, the following incidents have made the news: a black mother and her 5-year-old daughter were harassed by a white man in California who was worried about diseases in a hotel pool; a white woman assaulted a black teen at a community pool in South Carolina; a white man was fired from his job after a video of him questioning whether a black woman had the right to use a private North Carolina neighborhood pool even though she did; a Tennessee woman was fired after she called the police on a black man wearing socks...

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Not Conceived in Liberty: The Myth of America’s Independence Day

The nation is celebrating its two-hundred and forty-sixth birthday on the Fourth of July. This annual event, known as Independence Day, acknowledges the acceptance of the Declaration of Independence as the foundational document creating a new nation. Thomas Jefferson penned this famous avowal of connectedness to the British Empire. It was the most important early salvo in the revolution which created the United States of America. Jefferson stated the beliefs of some but not all of the British colonists in America. The Declaration was unanimously adopted in Congress on July 4, 1776. It began with these famous words. “When...

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Antwone Rose: I Am Not What You Think

I am confused and afraid I wonder what path I will take I hear that there’s only two ways out I see mothers bury their sons I want my mom to never feel that pain I am confused and afraid – Antwone Rose, 5/16/2016 The poem ‘I Am Not What You Think!’ was written by 17-year-old Antwone Rose just over two years ago. He was shоt in the back and kіІІed by an East Pittsburgh pоlіcе officer just seconds after running from a car that officers had pulled over because it fit the description of a vehicle used in...

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The Juneteenth Day Backstory and the Power of Controlling Its Narrative

Black people in Milwaukee and across the country will celebrate Juneteenth Day on June 19th. The day is a commemoration of the date in 1865 when the enslaved population of Galveston, Texas was notified of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued two and a half years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln. It has been called Freedom Day by some and is a legally recognized state holiday or day of commemoration in all but five states. On Juneteenth Day 1988, James Cameron opened America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee. He chose that date specifically because of its importance to blacks. We will...

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