Three way dance time!

For those who aren’t familiar with the Three Way Dance blog, it’s like I take commentary, and make three short stories into one.

This past week, I have to ask, in regarding Children’s Hospital, SERIOUSLY?!!!

What was up with the shooting at Chidren’s Hospital?!!!!!

From a standpoint, a individual who was considered a felon that escaped from a Milwaukee County Jail Complex which is nearby the hospital, goes to the Children’s Hospital Complex and the attempts to go to the 7th floor of the Hospital. What was the reason? There was a birth in family. However, when the Milwaukee Police Department got on the scene, the MPD drew out their guns and shot the suspect. Here’s the thing though: the suspect was armed.

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The suspect, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was named Ashanti Hendricks, who had his run ins with the law prior to 2013. Most of that day, the Hospital was on lock down, but was lifted approximately after 2:00pm when the staff and personnel of the hospital were admitted back to the building. This has been baffling on my mind: Why a hospital?! Especially a “Children’s Hospital?” Now I know there are going to be the gun folks who pride with the second amendment per say and go defensive. But here’s a thing, once again a public place, a well known, public place is on notice in regarding shootings. Like the movie theaters, or a spa. I wouldn’t be surprised if the hospital or any hospital would be start screening visitors with metal detectors! If that can happen to Children’s Hospital per say, that might happen in any clinic or hospital where folks need to get care for health concerns! Seriously.

Second: Oprah’s viewpoint with the BBC. Now for those who haven’t heard nor seen, Oprah was featured on the BBC Network in which she summarized about most Americans don’t really like President Obama in one angle: his skin color. If those missed it, check out the video clip:

Now I know that many are probably saying that Oprah is telling the British Public about the ongoing racism against President Obama is a bunch of mess. Well I hate to say it, but some of the attitudes of some Americans who oppose the skin tone is ongoing thing. It’s been like that since he set foot in office in 2009. Even those who wanted to the President to be “out of the way” sort of speak in which folks in America went to Twitter and vent. Let me give you a prime example: 2012. When the Democratic National Convention was going on, and when Obama was making his speech, most of us were on Twitter and giving comments. But there were those that wanted comments to read out and say that Obama should be “out of the way” in a semi-violent manner. I said this after he got elected and re-elected, if those don’t like Obama, don’t talk about him!!! Many or some AMERICANS can’t even try that! The more citizens do that, it’s like they are disprecting the office of the White House. When George W. Bush, was around, I never liked him. But I would NEVER declare an ending of his human existence because he’s white. Roland Martin once said on his Facebook Page, and via The African-Americans Many Rivers to Cross Special,  racism has been in America’s DNA. It’s been in America’s DNA since the inheritance of guess which word? Slavery. Speaking of that, black folks we need to stop tripping on Slave movies.  12 Years of Slave is a hot movie right now. And no I have not seen it. But I will. Am I tripping on slave movie? No! Have I tripped on The Butler? NO! Have I tripped on Django Unchained? No! Or get this: did I tripped on Roots when it was showing on BET last year? Please! I did not trip not once! So I don’t know what the deal is in which us black folks have been tripping on regarding slave movies. One thing I did agree with Roland Martin in his commentary, that it was addressing the mortal cardinal sin of Slavery in America. I remember long ago on those MyFoxMilwaukee Blogs, that if America had admit the faults, then there might be forgiveness also.  Oprah said in her commentary, that a start of this ending the race card per say, is if the older folks who breed racism in their children and grandchildren would have to die. But the issue is, there is no quick fix to get over it right away. Not gonna happen like that. As long as there are those who posses the bigot attitude around this country in which is supposed to be the land of free and home of the brave, that card is still on deck. Have there been some progress? Partially. But still the ongoing discussion goes on.

Speaking of racism: Madison Wisconsin. According to a recent blog, SocialistWorker.org reported that Wisconsin’s state capitol of Madison, you know the city where the Badgers play, Camp Randall, a huge college town per say, highly liberal and progressive. But in this article, Madison has been “labeled” the most racist city in America. In the article it states:

— In 2011, the unemployment rate was 25.2 percent for Blacks compared to just 4.8 percent for whites. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 18 percent for Blacks and 8 percent for whites.

— In the same year, “over 54 percent of African American Dane County residents lived below the federal poverty line, compared to 8.7 percent of whites, meaning Dane County Blacks were over six times more likely to be poor than whites.”

— More than 74 percent of Black children live under the poverty level as opposed to just 5.5 percent of white children. The report suggested “that this 13 to 1 disparity ratio may constitute one of the widest Black/white child poverty gaps that the Census Surveys reported for any jurisdiction in the nation.”

— “In 2011, African American youth in the Madison Public School District had about a 50 percent on-time high school graduation rate, compared to 85 percent for white students.”

— “African American adolescents, while constituting less than 9 percent of the county’s youth population, made up almost 80 percent of all the local kids sentenced to the state’s juvenile correctional facility in 2011.”

Then there are other details:

Another structural disadvantage faced by people of color, in particular African Americans in Madison, is the highly fragmented areas on the fringes of the city where most of them live. Location has disenfranchised African Americans politically and socially and made it even harder for them to find accessible jobs. (This last part reminds me of Milwaukee)

The Race to Equity report showed that about “half of the area’s low-income Black households live in approximately 15 small, compact residential concentrations scattered within the city and around its perimeter.”

These enclaves are mostly rental developments, tend to be home to between 100 and 400 families of color and are usually surrounded by larger, predominantly white neighborhoods.

There are no large-scale, permanent Black neighborhoods anywhere in the city that would provide a social or political anchor for African Americans. In fact, county-wide, “there is not a single aldermanic district, supervisory district, planning unit, or even a census tract where African Americans constitute the majority of residents,” preventing significant political visibility. In 2013, African Americans only held a handful of public offices out of the hundreds in the county.

These African American enclaves generally lack “a church, a full-service grocery, a public school, social or civic clubs, developed open spaces, a bar, a restaurant, or a significant employer,” and tend to be “thinly or unevenly served” by public transportation systems.

High turnover rates, mobility, small size and many of the factors listed above inhibit strong community building in these neighborhoods.

Oh, wait. There’s more:

A major factor that prevents progress toward racial equity in Madison is the public school system. For white students, Dane County public schools have a reputation for excellence. But, in general, county schools channel Blacks students into remedial classes that offer little opportunity for college preparation.

Black students on average have drastically lower reading scores from an early age, lower on-time graduation rates, higher suspension rates and are less likely to take college preparatory classes.

In Dane County, “in the 2011-12 school year, Black 12th graders were only half as likely as white 12th graders to take the ACT [college admissions and placement] exam. Finally, of those taking the exam, African Americans averaged a score of 18, compared to a white average of 24.”

The existing disparities create stereotypes about new students, leading to differing academic expectations that exacerbate racial inequalities in the county.

The report documents many cases in which African American parents worry about sending their children to Madison schools, fearing that they will have fewer opportunities to thrive than in other cities. Many have considered moving away for this reason.

Stereotypes and uneven expectations are also present in disciplinary processes. “In 2011, for example, public schools in Dane County reported 3,198 suspensions of Black students as against 1,130 suspensions of white students,” although African Americans are only 17 percent of the total public school population.

In other words, Black students in Dane County schools are 15 times more likely to be suspended than white students.

Also, there is another angle of this subject:

Disparities in disciplinary processes extend beyond the public school system. In 2010, Black youth in Dane County were six times as likely as white youth to be arrested. This compared to a 3-to-1 ratio in the rest of the state and about 2-to-1 nationally.

“The striking result of these disparities is that African American adolescents, while constituting less than 9 percent of the county’s youth population, made up almost 80 percent of all the local kids sentenced to the state’s juvenile correctional facility in 2011,” according to the report.

The numbers are even worse for adult sentencing disparities.

“While Black men made up only 4.8 percent of the county’s total adult male population, they accounted for more than 43 percent of all new adult prison placements during the year [2012].”

Wisconsin as a whole has by far the highest rate of imprisonment for Black men in the United States. A from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wisconsin’s Mass Incarceration of African American Males, issued at the same time as the Race to Equity report, found that in 2010, 12.8 percent of Black men were imprisoned in the state–almost twice the national average, and more than 3 percent higher than the next worst state.

But while the incarceration rate for Black males in Dane County is lower than the rest of the state, the racial disparities are higher.

A 2009 report from a Dane County Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System found that “Blacks were 25.6 times more likely to enter prison from Dane County than Whites.”

The Race to Equity report also gives numbers for arrests. “In 2012, African American adults were arrested in Dane County at a rate more than eight times that of whites. That compares to a Black-white arrest disparity of about 4-to-1 for the rest of Wisconsin and 2.5-to-1 for the nation as a whole.”

According to the report, “the alarming truth is that our numbers, taken as a whole, suggest that the distance between whites and Blacks (in terms of well-being, status and outcomes) is as wide or wider in Dane County than in any jurisdiction (urban or rural, North or South) for which we have seen comparable statistics.”

This sounds familiar to me. Many of the items that are listed of Madison’s concerns, are similar with Milwaukee. I’ve been saying that Milwaukee is the most segregated city in the United States. I’ve said that alot. But the issue with Madison, even though I’ve been there twice for Badger games, and the items above really kind of surprised me. Yes, Milwaukee is no different than Madison and vice versa. Yes, both are democratic cities have democratic mayors in all. But this issue really needs a concern just as hearing that Wisconsin is the worst state for Black People.  The black newspapers can tell you that.

Speaking of that, the article that OnMilwaukee.com published, and I’m sure many here in the Badgerland had read: “Wisconsin’s a tough place to live if you are black“. Don’t believe me? Click on the story and read it up.

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