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Mediocrity in the name of diversity: White liberals are not seeking justice

Diversity in the hands of the political and corporate elites is an advertising gimmick that protects white power. In 1970, when black students occupied the dean’s office at Harvard Divinity School to protest against the absence of African-American scholars on the school’s faculty, the white administration was forced to respond and interview black candidates. It asked James Cone, the greatest theologian of his generation, to come to Cambridge, Mass., for a meeting. But the white power structure had no intention of offering Cone a job. To be black, in its eyes, was bad enough. To be black, brilliant and...

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Be Nice or Leave: A journey of art and revival in Lindsay Heights

Enter Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights Neighborhood on the near north side and you’ll find abandoned houses, vacant lots and sometimes the sound of gunfire and violence. This is also the neighborhood where Evelyn Patricia Terry grew up. She’s lived here most of her life. The sign on her front door says it all, “Be nice or Leave!” Evelyn isn’t shy about putting visitors on notice and she is so excited about that sign, she wants one for her backdoor too. She just doesn’t want anybody coming up to the door and thinking they should come any farther. In this inner...

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Violence Against Journalists: Shooting at newspaper proves that words have power

When the news alert of the shootings at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, came across my feed, I wasn’t surprised. If anything, what surprised me was how long it took. That it was a local newspaper in a town that houses the United States Naval Academy. That 39-year-old Jarrod Ramos had planned his alleged assault right down to the mutilated fingertips that were apparently supposed to conceal his identity. I know that sounds rough. It felt rough to write. But I’ve been a journalist for close to 30 years, and while I spent two years covering white supremacist...

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Slavery and Ethnic Cleansing: Why the American Revolution was a mistake

Let’s not mince words this July 4: American independence in 1776 was a monumental mistake. We should be mourning the fact that we left the United Kingdom, not cheering it. Of course, evaluating the wisdom of the American Revolution means dealing with counterfactuals. As any historian would tell you, this is a messy business. We obviously cannot be entirely sure how America would have fared if it had stayed in the British Empire longer, perhaps gaining independence a century or so later, along with Canada. But I am reasonably confident a world in which the revolution never happened would...

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Trump threatens Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson during Foxconn visit in Racine

President Donald Trump was highlighting his economic policies on June 28 by taking part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a $10 billion Foxconn factory complex that may bring thousands of jobs to a state he barely carried in the 2016 presidential election. But Trump’s celebration comes amid less-rosy economic news, with Harley-Davidson’s announcement it’s moving some motorcycle production overseas to avoid European Union tariffs that are a product of Trump’s escalating trade dispute with long-standing U.S. allies. The president was irked by the Milwaukee-based company’s announcement this week and tweeted about it for three straight days, writing that any...

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Wisconsin’s lack of transit system enforces racial barriers and workforce shortage

This past winter, Wisconsin launched a widely criticized million-dollar advertising campaign to lure Chicago millennials to the state, ostensibly to fill a workforce gap. On the surface, it made sense — the statewide unemployment rate is at a record low, 2.9 percent, the working-age population growth is only projected to be 0.2 percent, while the projected job growth rate is six percent. State officials believe they need to attract new talent. But dig a little deeper, and you find that there are plenty of workers in Wisconsin who still need jobs, but they cannot get to where the state’s...

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