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Author: Reggie Jackson

An aversion to diversity keeps immigration battles going for 228 years and counting

As a city that was completely founded by immigrants, Milwaukee has been swept up in the recent surge of anti-immigration posturing by the President, which has led to heated debates about immigration and questions what America is and stands for. Trump infused race more deeply into the conversation by reportedly referring to Haiti and African nations as “sh*thole” countries. Those remarks, as well other anti-Muslim statements and disparaging words about Mexicans, show how powerful a role race, ethnicity, and religion are playing in the current discourse about immigration policy. Contrary to what most of us know about the history...

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We have been sleepwalking through Dr. King’s dream

Milwaukee joins America in celebrating what should be the 89th birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 15. This man is a giant in American history. Yet most of us only know a few words he spoke at the end of a public address during the summer of 1963, known as the “I Have a Dream” speech. He was so much more that soundbite. His legacy has been stuck on that hot August day, nearly five years before his life was taken by an assassin’s bullet fifty years ago. Those famous words he spoke have...

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Open Letter to Red Cross for refusing to help some Milwaukee Residents

“This is where we’re implementing it now. It’s been across the entire area, so outside of those zip codes we’ve already been doing this kind of a process. Now, we’re doing it consistently because we’re regionalizing.” – Patty Flowers, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of Wisconsin In the most segregated metropolitan area in the nation, the American Red Cross of Wisconsin is segregating its response to helping families in need. A new policy, which apparently went into effect last week, was not announced to the public until December 27. The local Red Cross will now force residents...

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We are afraid to talk about Racism and the Cognitive Dissonance is nationwide

We are currently living in a time that offers proof that the era some called Post-Racial America is an absolute myth. After the election of a bi-racial Barak Obama, many shouted that his election proved that we as a nation had finally transcended race. This was supposedly evidence that we had reached the place where Dr. King’s dream had been realized. How quickly things have changed. The racial divisions are as deep as they have been in a long time. Divisiveness along racial lines was the catalyst that propelled Donald Trump into the White House. His continual efforts to...

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Heritage? Are We Talking About Heritage?

“Because that’s total disrespect of our heritage. That’s total disrespect of everything we stand for.” – Donald Trump, 45th U.S. President After these words were spoken by the current U.S. president, the crowd at a Republican campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama burst into cheers and began to chant USA! USA! USA! He was speaking about NFL players refusal to stand for the national anthem, following the example set by the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick last season. He continued by saying, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to...

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The myth of white privilege clouds reality of white entitlement

“Things were getting out of hand in the skirmishes between the alt-right and what I would describe as the outside agitators who wanted to encourage violence.” – David J. Toscano, Virginia House of Delegates Democratic Leader Let’s stop calling it white privilege and call it what it really is, white entitlement. I’ve grown tired of people going on and on about so-called white privilege. The dictionary definition of privilege states that it is “a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most.” What many call white privilege is not some kind of right...

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