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Reggie Jackson: The growth of mass incarceration in Milwaukee

This column is part of the special series From Mississippi to Milwaukee: My Journey to 53206 by Reggie Jackson, that explores the 53206 zip code of Milwaukee in an effort to educate about the historical context and social process that drove the once thriving part of the city into its current problematic condition. “The prison population in Wisconsin has more than tripled since 1990. Wisconsin has the highest black male incarceration rate in the country. Half of African American men in their 30s in Milwaukee County have been in state prison.” – ROC Wisconsin, A Project of WISDOM Wisconsin...

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Reggie Jackson: When the jobs went away crime followed

This column is part of the special series From Mississippi to Milwaukee: My Journey to 53206 by Reggie Jackson, that explores the 53206 zip code of Milwaukee in an effort to educate about the historical context and social process that drove the once thriving part of the city into its current problematic condition. “After decades of soaring levels of homicides and drug violence, the country’s crime rate plunged dramatically over the last 25 years.” – The Atlantic, April 2016 Despite what has been said on the nightly news, levels of crime have been declining significantly nationwide since they peaked...

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Reggie Jackson: The impact of deindustrialization on Milwaukee’s Inner City

This column is part of the special series From Mississippi to Milwaukee: My Journey to 53206 by Reggie Jackson, that explores the 53206 zip code of Milwaukee in an effort to educate about the historical context and social process that drove the once thriving part of the city into its current problematic condition. “In little more than a generation, Milwaukee has morphed from an El Dorado of unrivaled opportunity for African-Americans, and a beacon for their middle-class aspirations, to a locus of downward mobility without equal among other big U.S. cities.” – John Schimd When my family arrived in...

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Reggie Jackson: My Journey from Integrated Schools in Mississippi to Segregated Schools in Milwaukee

This column is part of the special series From Mississippi to Milwaukee: My Journey to 53206 by Reggie Jackson, that explores the 53206 zip code of Milwaukee in an effort to educate about the historical context and social process that drove the once thriving part of the city into its current problematic condition. “The fight has just begun.” – Thurgood Marshall after winning Brown v. Board of Education case On May 17, 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional. The work of decades of litigation by the NAACP (National...

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Green Book and BlacKkKlansman: False Hollywood Narratives of Race Relations

“Hollywood movies are much more than a matter of entertainment. Hollywood has become a major source of education. For the majority of Americans, Hollywood’s movies are a constant source of images, ideas, and data about the social world.” – Joe R. Feagin In February 1899, Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem entitled The White Man’s Burden: The United States and The Philippine Islands. In the poem, he called on the United States to take up the “burden” of empire in the same way that many European nations had already done. The British at one time bragged that the sun never...

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Reggie Jackson: The Racial Implications of the Pledge of Allegiance

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment to the United States Constitution A black sixth grade student was arrested in Florida after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The police arrested him for disruption and resisting arrest. The 11 year-old student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy – in Lakeland, east of Tampa – refused to stand...

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