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Yes, for over 25 years I have been a backer for the Wisconsin Badgers. The first time that I visited or seen a Bucky football game live in Madison at the beloved Camp Randall Stadium was 1993. And yes there was a time that I witnessed the members of the UW Band at the then Milwaukee Holiday Parade (excuse me, The Milwaukee CHRISTMAS Parade) that were marching down the street near Wisconsin Avenue. And yes there was a time that NOBODY was feeling Wisconsin until that resurrection came in the 1990’s before the route to win 3 Rose Bowls, and seeing the legends like Darrell Bevell, Terrell Fletcher, Jamar Fletcher, Brooks Bollinger, Ron Dayne, Chris Chambers, Russell Wilson, Montee Ball, James White, and even soon to be legends like Jack Coan, Jonathan Taylor, Qunitez Cephus and many others that want to stamp their Badger name for life! And for basketball I’ve seen Michael Finley play as well as Frank Kaminsky ball for Bucky. Yes, they were great legends and upcoming players that rocked the house.

But what I am about to post is not about them nor it’s about sports. It’s not about Camp Randall, or the Fieldhouse, or the Kohl Center or any other building or center at the UW-Madison Campus. It’s about this:

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What you just seen was a video that was talked about and was further examined. This was the finished product of the UW-Madison Homecoming Video titled, “Home is where WI are.” WI is representing the student body of Wisconsin that attend currently. But in the video, it’s all white folks. No blacks, no Hispanics, no Asians, not even biracial or mixed folks. None of the Native American Students. NONE! When the tone of this product was finished, there were some black students that were apart of the early drafting of the footage, but part of it was cut out. And yet this set off an early firestorm of protests that the black students as well as other students of color were not pleased. Mainly FROM THE BLACK STUDENTS! For quite a while, you may have seen this hashtag online: #TheRealUW. This was just an awareness of the campus’ side that many never get to see. The lack of representation of black students, and some dealt with harassment, racism, intimation while being on campus. And many according to the stories that the black students endured while they stayed for their 4 years. #TheRealUW since then had received very alarming news in regarding the black student population that the University had ignored for many years. Even doctoring photos for a magazine cover to make a face look even less of a color that the true color. Many of us seen this cover like this:

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This was a booklet cover of the UW Admissions for Undergraduate students from the 2001 – 2002 Semester. And this booklet cover has sparked an outrage among the folks that wanted to capture a black student in the crowd. It was more like being photoshopped. And we know what that happens to be make it more like the real deal. However, this was a bad PR stunt that the University now regrets.

Why do I talk about this? Mainly even though that UW-Madison is a fun college, but it does have it’s issues concerning with race. Most recently, UW-Madison Senior Payton Wade (who also presented the footage on her Twitter Page above) also weighed in her thoughts and reactions to the atmosphere of the video:

Courtesy of WKOW:

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In the response to the Homecoming Video being pulled, this is what the Homecoming Committee had to say:

As the student Homecoming Committee, our goal to is to create events that are fun, create pride in our university and are welcoming and inclusive of the entire UW-Madison student body.

To promote student Homecoming, we recently produced a video called ‚ÄúHome is where Wi Are‚ÄĚ, and we invited various student groups to participate in the video. Unfortunately, not all the video images produced were included in the final product, including those of students from under represented populations.We regret omitting those images and we recognized that, by doing so, we unintentionally caused hurt to members of our campus community.We are sorry that our video failed to show the full breadth of the university experience and made members of our community feel excluded. We appreciate being made aware of the impact of the video. We apologize to those students who participated in the video but were not included in the final product, as well as to anyone who was upset by the video.We are committed to doing better and working harder to make campus a welcoming and inclusive community.

And in response to this it came to a footage of this:

When I looked at the footage of the black students all centered around the Wisconsin symbol as well as the other minority students, this message should be sent TO ALL if the Universities in the State that have this disdain of black students that are unrepresented. Not seen not recognized. You are probably thinking, “this is supposed to be UW- Madison, the heart of the UW School System and a Big Ten College”. A party school folks wearing “Sconnie”. Oh we know. But many of who study this thing about Madison being racist on Campus, in this context is nothing new. Many of you White UW Students and Alumni probably have said about, “oh I went to Madison and never had a issue of a black students or is all imaginary being racist on campus”. Many of you are SILENT! And uninformed. And having your hands tied. And allowing this to happen all the time. I saw the African-American UW-Madison Alumni Facebook Page and for the former students voiced their disapproval of the then pulled homecoming video. And yet many if them wished they would have attended an HBCU, (that’s the Historical Black Colleges and Universities like Morehouse, Spellman or Howard). But many of them got into Madison based on Scholarships, Grants, and etc. Even though many of them had gone that route of education, however the sting of racism and not being felt at home at Madison was a different plateau.

Of course when the current black students get out of Madison, even this will concern Payton Wade, racial discrimination will be an effective mantra upon graduation into the real world and yet, this will not be a cake walk. Nope! The real world does not give care about your stats, your Fraternities, Sororities, your past college work and many other things you have gone through. And it should be commended and¬†appreciative no matter where you go. Even if you’re black!

I want to be clear that EVERY College and University needs to hear the minority students. I want to see ALL Universities be very clear and concise to the point when discussing the needs and concerns and establishing a “home” on the majority PWI campues. Yes, UW-Madison is a PWI. My Alma Mater, UW-Stout is a PWI. And not only that, I’ve said this once and I’ll say it again, since UW-Madison has a African-American Alumni Association, why doesn’t all the campuses have these? Black Student Unions we know. But what about the Black Alumni Chapters that the Black Alums of these schools can have to reach to the current black student population? And vice versa? This is the problem. Now it seems that many will look at this and say “oh, its racist!” You don’t hear that on the Hispanic or Asian Groups stuff. Even they are Alumni. Of course, It’s Wisconsin. The population of black folks in the state are around the 6% – 8% while many of the folks whom are white are more that 80%. That is a fact. If Wisconsin would have had a black population more than 8% it would be a different story and many things would have been not been bad than good. That’s my take on this. But many have to ask, why does a school like this have a problem with the diversity side of minority students. Keep in mind! Quintez Cephus was expelled for one year out of UW all because of this sex scandal angle with some 18-19 year old white students that was later false! He won his case, got back into the school and got back on the team this year! Let that sink in! Oh please let that SINK IN! This is the same case that many black student athletes face most often. And usually the turnout does not look good. However on some points, it does turnout in a positive way to move forward.

So yes, listen to the minority students of color. Yep, On Wisconsin!


I was going to wait after the Olympics to blog again. But the reason for this, the Northside of Milwaukee was up in total anger with fires and tension. And to connect with social media for those of where to go and meetup and havoc. How stupid.

I had to break away from watching the Olympics in which was a historical performance, to see the ironic tension of looting, fires, deep tension and many other concerns that plagued this city. 44th and Auer is where the shootings started. A 23 year old was shot and killed in the view of the Milwaukee Police Department. And yes after that, all hell broke loose. And a weapon was stolen with 23 shots rang out. And bricks being thrown.

The hell that broke loose, also continued with bus shelters, and street lights near Sherman and Auer were damaged. The BP Gas Station in the same area where a protest happened a month ago: burned. Right near Sherman Park. Further blocks away, more fires happened at a Jet Beauty Store near 35th and Burleigh. Also a O’Reilly Auto Parts in the same area, engulfed in flames. Nearby, a BMO Harris Bank right near my old Middle School had smoke issues in the building . All of this many feel that the black community has not had no love. And the thing is, it’s a warning sign.

 

Now I know that many had to go in about Milwaukee in which like comparing this riot to a championship win. Or there are those who don’t care about the city and having this shrugging shoulders mixed with pinned up frustrating matters.For all those who think have the answers and are acting foolish, SIT DOWN and Shut up! Clearly those don’t have all the answers. I don’t give a care if you transplanted to Texas or Atlanta or the East Coast, or the West Coast or a well known international region, you’re living there now. But I’ll bet none of you never actually really care about this city known as Milwaukee!

If so, PROVE ME WRONG! Send a long distance donation to your old schools and charitable functions you left behind.

Many of you have this noting about “oh well that’s Milwaukee for you when the violence happens.” Really?! Is that what those think? ¬†Seriously? All you have to do is go on Twitter, Facebook in all and with the negative remarks on the likes of CNN commenters saying “yeah tear down that stuff, you bunch of hoodlums!” If many of you so-called Americans say that, I consider that being unpatriotic! And many folks know it!

Now for those of us here in Milwaukee. Those of us who work, pay our taxes, contribute to our causes, we need to rise more. We need to rise up like a freaking phoenix. We can have the clergy coming out, the community leaders, the fraternity, the sorority, the employed, the unemployed, the underemployed,the neighbor that looks out, the neighborhood leaders, the hardcore activist, the conscious, the not so-conscious, the in between, the Introverted, Extroverted, Ambiverted, the Unsung Heroes, and many other categories: Rise like the Phoenix! It’s time to do it. For the police, firefighters, EMTs, your are in this as well! We pay our taxes, so your salary stays on point.

Just the other day, a day after all the burnings, I took a trip near the corner of Sherman and Burleigh and my reaction to the damage in person of the BP Gas Station was just shocked. The anger. The concern. And began to ask why this. Why would ANYONE like this would destroy a Gas Station?! Why? I went to my Nikon Camera and like everyone else, I snapped about several pictures that was like this:

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And also, if many have not guessed it, a stream of cars on Sherman Boulevard going south and north was nearly jammed packed. The same with vehicles going East on Burleigh Street. Television Trucks of ABC7, WKOW, CNN and many others from the different parts of America came out to cover this tradgey that has sparked my home city’s unrest. Also, there folks preaching the word on Megaphones on both corners. Water was on sale on the corner where Sherman Park is along with individals giving away cupcakes and free hugs.

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As I left the area, I driven North on 44th Street towards Auer Avenue, this was the area that the shooting began. And plus it was nearly jammed packed with cars and also residents and ministers as Salvation Army Chaplians.

The day after, I went further east to take pictures of the 7th District Milwaukee Police Station where it was roped off with Caution tape and boarded up. Also, the BMO Bank was boared up after it was struck by fire. A MetroPCS store was boared up after looting as well as a restaurant of KFC/Taco Bell was broken up with glass. Nearby an O’Reilly AutoParts store was destroyed by fire as well as a Jet Beauty Store not only looted, but also was destroyed by fire as well.

Ladies and Gentlemen of America, this was the experience that Milwaukee endured during that weekend of unrest. And like many others in the past, it was an unrest concern that never should have happened. The Sherman Park Neighborhood is a legendary neighborhood. I know so because my older sister and I used to reside in the area between the years 2000 and 2006. We resided on Grant Boulevard in a church parsonage in which was near Center Street. I used to catch the 22 MCTS bus to go either to work, school, shopping or church. Nearby, there was a barbershop where I used to go to get my haircuts. An organization called ASHA Family Services is in that area along with the Ritz Fish Market near the corner of 38th and Center, and it was and is owned by my family members. My old elementary school, 38th Street School, (now under the Milwaukee College Prep) is in that area. Washington High School, my high school’s rival is in the area. The homes in the area are almost legendary with years going back to about 100 years old. This is what I learned back then and understand now. Plus also, the Sherman Park Neighborhood is an active diverse neighborhood and still is. And plus I’m a northside born resident.

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But I want to go back to this shooting. And I know that many are asking: what compelled this act of shooting that lead to this burning of several buildings, cars, houses, and others that had NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS MATTER?!¬†We know already that Milwaukee is the well known factor of being the most hyper-segregated city in the United States. That is part of the things that goes mostly heard and widely examined in the entire state of Wisconsin. Many have this notion of leaving Milwaukee and go to places like Atlanta just to get away from the violence and racism. And also talking smack about the city in which they failed to help out. Oh trust me, we had a whole lotta folks have felt that way! ¬†But many of us WHO ARE STILL HERE, are upholding our accountabilty of our taxes, our jobs, our way of life, and purpose of being more engaged to solve the problems of our well being. What we have expereinced here most recently, is nothing more what happened 49 years ago before I was born: when Milwaukee had the race riots of 1967 and the black community back then was going up in flames. That area is now called MLK Drive in Bronzeville. And the trauma of being in the predictament of the segregated climate still lingers even today. Not just in Milwaukee. But that same symptom also exist like racism in America’s DNA. I don’t give a crap where you are in America, that racism DNA has not gone away. Even after 240 years.

But in this era, the 23 year old Syville Smith, whom had a CCW Licence, and was armed with a stolen weapon from Waukesha, was shot to death. Nevermind the history of his life, or the crimes he may have done, his killer per se happens to appear as a officer of the Milwaukee Police Department. Many of us in Milwaukee looked at the person’s picture on Facebook. And according to a family member of the victim, it was known that they go way back to High School here in Milwaukee. Try Pulaski High School, and no disrespect to the Pulaski Rams in all. Plus W.E.B. Dubois High School in the Marshall Complex.

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Other points, there are those around Milwaukee should have kept their mouths closed. One of them is Sheriff David Clarke. The reason being he kept hinting about the use of the National Guard to aid the Police Officers during the Unrest incidents. And in his own words having the gaul to blame the single mothers of Milwaukee for the incidents and and of course: Black Lives Matter. REALLY SHERIFF CLARKE?! He must be high on something to say that. And plus, Black Lives Matter or his words “Black Lies Matter” were not the reasons why some buildings in Milwaukee went up in flames. Sheriff Clarke already embarasses himself and Milwaukee County hanging out with the likes of Donald Trump. HOW DEPRESSING OF HIM! Yes he’s still the Sheriff, but in the next two years he and another guy, Scott Walker ¬†MUST BE VOTED OUT! And part of the blame that Sheriff Clarke has his job is because of those in the Black Community voted up for him to have another ¬†4 years. Why? Because he’s black. I think the Black Community needs to rethink their votes for Clarke. Speaking of Walker, dude had to come to a black church in Milwaukee not to far from the BP Gas Station. Let me remind Milwaukee one thing: Walker doesn’t give a da*n about Milwaukee! He doesn’t care about the Black Community, nor the needs. Remember the High Speed Rail Train that was BUILT in the Black Community? Go back to that. That was derailed by HIM due to one word: politics. Now he wants in to be supportive of the Black Community. Really Walker?! Oh please! And additional group of folks outside of the city, who don’t even in live in Milwaukee had the nerve to put the blame on President Barack Obama. Obama is not the blame for this! So stop it non-Milwaukeeans!

But of all of the folks who seemed to be in supportive the most of Milwaukee, is Mayor Tom Barrett. Call me crazy, but he is. Another is the still Wisconsin Senate Rep from the 4th District, Lena Taylor. Ashanti Hamilton, President of the Common Council, Alderman Russell Stamper II, and Alderwoman Chantia Lewis are just a few.¬†The curfew in Milwaukee under 18 is in effect. Sherman Park closes at 6pm and roped off with orange. When it switches to the MPS Curfew starting September 1st that’s every night. And that was activated this past Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, I was in church and during our “joys and concerns” we highlighted the concerns of the Unrest Issue. One of my millennial church members talked about the incident in which it was witnessed in person. She indicated that her younger brother was about 2 cars behind the shooter’s car going east on Burleigh near the Jet Beauty Store, and indicated that if one of those bullets hit him, he would have been gone. She also comforted an Police Officer near the Beauty Supply Store who was going though that high alertness of concern of another citizen. The last thing she said: God Bless You. And a tear was starting to roll on the Officer. I just had to tell you that because whenever I hear about church folks being all judgmental or acting hypocritical, NOT ALL OF THEM ARE LIKE THIS. And my church member is a single mother in her 20’s.And is a prayer warrior in my church under the United Methodist banner. Is she always like this? Just maybe you need to visit The New St. James Community Church UMC in Milwaukee and find out. And plus the setting of our church is in a County Park Pavilion on Milwaukee’s East Side. And the church is the first African-American United Methodist Church established in the city since 1949.

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Just today, the ATF was sprung into action to survey the damages. And it was announced that a reward of $10,000 for anyone who knew what happened and also those responsible for those alleged damages. For all you snitches in Milwaukee: FESS UP! Don’t go into Stop Snitching Mode like cowards back in the day. Whenever the Federal Government comes on the scene, it’s is a huge concern. The sticks got a whole wide larger than before. This is not a game! It’s real lives were and are still at stake!

Milwaukee is 170 years old. And in the 170 years it faced open gaps of unemployment, segregation, violence, arson, race riots, shootings, festivals going in and out (African World Festival) educational values questioned and answered, underemployment of applicants/jobs, and many other concerns and factors. However in the 170 years, Milwaukee remains a underestimated city that has some good in it. We can talk about Summerfest, the Art Museum, The Pabst Theater, Riverside Theater, the newly soon to be Lakefront Gateway Area, the soon to be Northwestern Mutual Tower, the other festivals that do go past Summerfest, Garfield Days, Juneteenth Day Parades, Bronzeville Arts, riding Bublr Bikes, and soon to be construction of the New Bucks Arena and the Streetcar.

Why has Milwaukee been like this?

It’s not Chicago, Atlanta, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Texas, Florida, and other cities and states that mostly “knows” black folks. Milwaukee as medium-sized as it is, its well known for Harley-Davidson, MillerCoors, our County Parks, and past relations with being the Beer Capital of the World, Bowling Capital of the world at one time, or known in the past for shows like Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley. Oh, did I mention that The Blues Brothers, Public Enemies, and ¬†Transformers were filmed here? Famous Americans like Bud Selig, Eric Benet, Al Jarreau, Gene Wilder, George Tillman Jr, Charlotte Rae, Speech, Tank were all born here. The Core DJ’s a well known DJ organization is known for DJ’s around the world, but it was started in Milwaukee. Wrestling has a history here. From AWA of Da’ Crusher, to the birth of Austin 3:16. And also currently in the WWE, Austin Aries is a born resident.

Milwaukee does have a Urban Scene that is so underground that is hard to get airplay on a V100, a Jammin 98.3, KISS FM, and others. Also Milwaukee does have some support of it’s genre of Hip Hop, but the fans say that the City has haters because the lack of support. However, not all Milwaukeeans don’t listen to rap music! Some listen to Polka or other genres. But every ethnic group has their own thing.Well known here: Ray Nitti, Rusty P’s, Charles Walker Band, Element, and Coo Coo Cal just to name a few.

For radio, we know WTMJ. But I know 1290 when it was the talk of the town. WNOV as many know us the lone wolf of black radio that many folks still listen to. Plus also there are podcasts, and other radio stations like WUWM that is well known for based on UW-Milwaukee.

Milwaukee to me is misunderstood. Very misunderstood. Our education system isn’t that bad. The Milwaukee Public Schools is legendary around here and it’s the same age as the city.I am a product to call myself an MPS Alum because of the schools of 38th Street School, Jackie Robinson Middle School and John Marshall High School.Not only that, I come from a line of educators that taught in MPS in my family! ¬†Some of our famous folks are MPS Alums also. Our Colleges of the Milwaukee Area Technical College, Mount Mary, Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are fully known educational institutions. I’m a product of the Milwaukee Area Technical College which I got an Associates Degree in the year 2000. The program was Printing and Electronic Publishing in which I got my hands dirty in Bindery and Offset Press.

Part of Milwaukee’s history was the tanneries. Pfister and Vogel, Albert & Trostels should ring a bell. And some of our family members used to have those good paying jobs growing up! Now the tanneries are gone, and mostly the Health Care fields are in exchange, with retail, customer service, and some manufacturing are left. Printing was also huge here. It’s still exists¬†under the digital level,¬†but not really enough as it once was.

Milwaukee has some strong programs here that many recognize like the Running Rebels, True Skool, and mostly now known is getting recognition: We Got This. Also part of the strong programs, does have a direct connection with local churches, community counterparts, some well known companies, and neighborhood block watch organizations.

But all in all, like any other city, Milwaukee is not alone with problems. And with the issue of this recent shooting of Syville Smith is not a stranger of gun violence period.

 

 


Can’t believe it. It has been 10 years since I’ve done this:

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Yep, that’s me graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout exactly a decade this week in 2006. The dude in the middle shaking the Chancellor’s hand of Charles Sorenson.

May 13th, 2006¬†will be long remembered for me as making it to a point where I couldn’t reach. It was Mother’s Day weekend at the time, and yes mama was happy. How did¬†I get here and there? I’m going to a point in this story that I haven’t done: There were some faults and concerns that some thought I had to skip campus classes or having a concern that the program of Industrial Management with the tool of Distance Education has not been a concern! So as a heads up, I’m going to be unapologetic on this notion. Be advised. This is not a drill.

First: I already got the knowledge of two-way teleconferencing way back in 1995 as a High¬†School Senior here in Milwaukee. For your new readers it’s called “Skyping”. But Skype was not around between 2002 – 2006. And Social Media wasn’t a thought until after 2006.

Plus the start of this goes back to 2001, after being laid off from UW-Milwaukee as a press operator. Then later on in the year I took some courses at MATC to build up more in my attempted education. In between one of my former church members told me about Stout as a thought of attending. Another was one of my former MATC Graphic Arts teachers told me about Stout in a choice between that, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Platteville. In November of 2001,  I went to a college fair at MATC to visit the various UW colleges and universities. And the last college I visited to discussed was UW-Stout. I applied to UW-Stout in 2002 and got accepted in September of that year. The program was Industrial Management by using Distance Education in Milwaukee.

Second: As I previously described, I took the Distance Education Classes here in Milwaukee at my old Tech College. The rooms I was in looked liked this:

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Every week we had our live interactions with the teachers and students from Menomonie, Waukesha, Madison and Stout. Hey haters, you see this?

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This is what I had to go through EVERY WEEK! Did I survive? You bet the so-called pensions, absent minded, retirement funded nose up the par,  and stock attitudes.

 

Third: Online Classes. Back in the day, the Distance Education tools were young. About 2-4 years young. But every Sunday at 11:59pm, the assignments have to be due via the Learn At Stout Website. Even we had to fax our homework. No matter it was Summer, Fall, or Spring.

Fourth: One of my Capstone Classes, we had to Phone up. Once a week, we all had to phone in the Strategic Management. We previewed our assignments, went over folks houses to complete our assignments, emails and still got good grades. As a GROUP!

With the homework assignments, I studied them EVERYDAY! Even on Sundays in Church! No lie. So, I was one of those workaholics that grinded.

Speaking of haters: This is where I have to get real. I will be unapologetic in speaking and keeping it 100. And will hold nothing back with the following uncut commentary.

Plus names will be mentioned.

I have to bring up at least “two haters” that were just rude at the time: First, if you work for the Milwaukee Urban League, and worked with a woman named Betty J. Speed, you want to put away your work assignments and pay attention. And if the CEO of the Urban League is available, tell him or her to come to a private computer because, what I’m about to say may not¬† be suitable for anyone that is a devoted member, and/or worker. Pay attention. This is real and not a smear campaign.

Back in October of 2004, I came to the Urban League looking for work around my distance education college schedules with the University and the outcome was not great. Not at all. The ending result of the help was disastrous.¬†I explained my interest in working in the printing area in which at the time was my strongest. I felt I could still go along with it. But for her, she mocked me in a unethical professional manner. By the way, she was Black. Her attitude was mean stricken, and not nice. She accused me of having this so-called “behavior problem” in which she had the behavior problem towards me out of frustration. She also said something about no one will give a da*n about me, and the last thing she said was so hateful:

You better not come back here if you can’t find a job.

Yes she did! Those exact words,”You better not come back here if you can’t find a job” was the most discouraging, and most unethical sentences that coming from¬†a black woman like her was just disgusting! And even struck¬† a nerve with my education. That was personal. I was being attacked.

Another hater to highlight was Manpower. I had a interview with this white woman named Brook. This lady had the gaul to ask about my earnings of how I’m getting money, how I’m taking my classes and other personal endeavors. She assumed that she wasn’t accusing me of anything in her words, but the fact is she stepped over the line! All because of my education, work history, and many other factors that wasn’t so professional.

What did I do in these situations? I wrote a letter of complaint! I got on my computer in May of 2005, and I wrote the hardest complaint letter to the point. I was very upset, and felt that I needed to say something to defend myself. And I was in my final year with Stout’s Distance Education area¬†with Industrial Management on the point.

Did I received responses back? You bet I did.

For the Urban League, I wanted to grab the attention of the Urban League President in regarding the incident. But it was picked up later on. When Betty Speed answered my Cell Phone: My reaction was like this to start: “You gotta a lot of nerve calling me on my cell phone!” And in between I told to her¬†over the cell phone: “Shut up! I’m Talking!” and “Excuse me! I’m Talking!” I went in on her like white on rice! Everything she told¬†me, mocked me, saying no one will care, and thing is, I struck back hard! And about the thing with my education, she said back in 2004 that some employers that may have this assumption that I would leave to go back to Stout at the time. HELLO! I was a DISTANCE EDUCATION student studying my classes in the City! I explained at the time, but the thing is, forgive me to say this: she was stubborn and to quote Roland Martin, “stuck on stupid”. Didn’t know about my¬†upbringing, ideas to commence, nothing.¬†I also hit her on this comment that she said the most: “You better not come here if you can’t find a job.” And then she had to comment “we want you to come back….” SERIOUSLY?! Yeah right.You talk about “behavior problems?” “Stuck on stupid”. Pay attention, Milwaukee! And this was a jobs advisor for an organization that helps black folks and alike to find work in the community?! How really STUPID! I told her after an heated argument, (and trust me it was heated), that I will no longer use their services or her any more. The Milwaukee Urban League maybe an assist to needs to the community for a long time, but for me, in that incident was a slap in the face. She tried also to say that she tipped her hat to me in some sort of empathy of what I was trying to accomplish. But I was not feeling it from her. Nope. Not so sorry! And plus, in regarding attire, there were no signs of that. None!

You always hear about, “oh its the crabs in a bucket mentality”. Guess what? What I had encountered here, was an example of a crabs in a bucket mentality. Even your own people, specifically black folks would try to shake your hand and stab you in the back! Although there are those of African-American I do reach out to, but for this: NOT SO SORRY!

For Manpower, the branch manager was a white woman named Cathy Wagner. Folks, like Betty Speed, I too went in on her in a heated exchange in regarding what her employee Brook had told me. I also told her about the “Red Flags”comment, and she had no idea what I was talking about. I repeated the question. It was stupid of her not to get a real comment over the phone. And she said that my resume at the time didn’t have a history. I told her in a demanding voice to TURN THE PAPER OVER! Oh she was scared and terrified and noticed my work history. And education. Plus she talked about all “what are you doing for the Memorial Day weekend” questions. That had NOTHING to do with the matter at the time. NOTHING!

In a letter that sent to me in May 2005, she offered her “apology”. Which was not so real! It was really weak, fake and not so sincere. She also claimed that Brook was trying to counsel me about the document and others in corrections. But I was NOT convinced. And I responded in a follow up letter stating that I will never return to use Manpower’s Services no more. This was their Kilbourn Office in Downtown Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Center building to be exact. And the same with the Urban League in October of 2005, a year after I went in for job seeking.

Yes, my blood was boiling at them! So much.

Since then, I have not talked to anyone who has a working history with these organizations and companies. And also, when they come up on Facebook or any part of social media for example, I just don’t pay attention to them. I don’t look at their jobs, events, activities, NONE of the above. And if were to get an invite to an Urban League Event, or a Manpower job offer,¬† I just simply decline. Now many of you are probably saying, “what will it take for you to get back on one page?” I can’t answer that. If some of you whom are currently working for these organizations, active as stakeholders, active as donors, or¬†received community awards based in service, I’m not blaming you. I’m blaming the experience that your former or current colleagues, or supporters had put out on me.

I know that I might get on the commentary board and explain my grievance liberties, but what I have explained here, on this blog, ¬†I will NOT apologize. And I won’t apologize to the Stout Alums or the so-called old traditional folks about my one day visit on the Commencement Day in 2006. Nope! Sorry. I am done apologizing! Other Stout Alums whom graduated after me, with being Distance Education Students graduating, did the same thing. With this, I am not ashamed! No reason to be. I am becoming awake with being unapologetic with no explanations of this. Never will. Even it concerns my previous education with UW-Stout which I don’t sleep nor forget! So technically being now a former Distance Education student of the school is like being unapologetic. The most important thing I did is getting the degree. Bar none. Are you listening? And I hope that those whom are currently in the programs using Distance Education will never be ashamed of not going on campus! Just come on out with it. And when they graduate, they will prove a point. Just like it has been done before.

After Stout, I landed with some closely related seasonal jobs with UPS, and later on currently with my church, which I’m still active.¬†I also applied as a Election Inspector, and if this keeps up, this fall will be 10 years on the spot with the City of Milwaukee. I am a Executive¬†Alumni Board Member for my former High School for five years serving, and also a newly Executive Board Member for a Scholarship Coalition named after a prominent Civil Rights Leader here in Milwaukee. And this scholarship coalition, assisted me with 5 of 6 Scholarships while taking the Distance Education courses with UW-Stout. And also, I earned a Unsung Hero Community Award from the NorthWest Side CDC in 2014. As for the jobs, I still search for jobs through networking of Stout’s Career Link page, the Wisconsin Job Centers, Facebook, LinkedIn, those I know personally, and even some former employers that know me since my younger days and family connections.

And I’m still in the hunt of getting my chance more out of my degree. I’m not giving up. I don’t quit that easily. Better be watchful, simply what I’m saying is there will be an uprising for those whom have been attacked and doubted. And I’m telling this to those whom have been offended by those whom I like to call “grown bullies” in the workplace or community.

Plus, I had attended Milwaukee Area UW-Stout Alumni Events from networking meetings at the Harley-Davidson Museum, Miss Katie’s Diner, Killawatt Restaurant, The Rumpus Room and Milwaukee Brewers games at Miller Park. All sponsored by the UW-Stout Alumni Association. And the sole purpose to meet and get to know Stout Alums here in Milwaukee. Basically, it was a goal that I needed to do, and I did that. Plus I went to Stout related Campus visits to WCTC in Pewaukee.

So yes, I AM A STOUT ALUM!!!!

And still I go to these events. And one point or two, I donated to the University!¬†Plus for those who doubt the “not so much” talkative, introverted, still workable and rising, single Black Men like me: WAKE UP! Even if you’re black yourself. Hate to say it.

Knowing this, it’s my 10th Year as a Stout Grad. Very happy for this and thankful.¬†And I know it’s the University’s¬†125th Anniversary. But I will never forget what I went through in getting this degree and stamp my name in Stout’s History. Specifically with Distance Education. And I had other bloggers from My Fox Milwaukee (mostly white folks) telling me that “just say you got your degree from Stout.” Even though that was part of the story, but that doesn’t tell the ENTIRE story!

They say Distance Education doesn’t work? Calling out the sleepers and doubters! Ask those who know the lingo everyday. Ask those who have to teach them to themselves without the teachers or students with them. Go ahead and challenge this former Pioneer Student like me who had to go through the cracks to get this degree. And I hate to bust the bubble of those who don’t know, UW-Stout’s Distance Education goes back to 1906. It’s been around for over a century when the instructors used recordings onto phonographs or vinyls to hear the lessons of the classroom lectures. Yes that was then, now it’s the advancement of computers via Social Media, Smartphones, Apps, and many other devices that are still in the game and waiting to be in the game.

I said this years ago and I’m saying it here: this is not my mother’s education. This is not my father’s education. Nor my sister’s education. This is no old school education in house! This was my education, my investment in the UW-School System. This didn’t happen with UW-Milwaukee. Nor UW-Madison. Nor Marquette. Nor UW-Stevens Point. or any UW-School not on my to pick. This happened with a school is now based in “Polytechnical Innovation.” And that school is UW-Stout.

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Purdue v Wisconsin

I know. That feeling of joy and pain in which the Wisconsin Badgers Hoop Squad must feel right now. All year long they have been a fun team to watch from the beginning to the end. We all know by now, yes Duke won the National Championship. Bucky Lost. (Only because some blown calls by the refs!) But all in all, the UW-Badgers Hoop Squad had a¬†helluva¬†season in which many¬†will remember. This team ALMOST came close in winning the National Championship in which the Ball Club already has…….from 1941. The one championship in which it was won during the Second World War. But I feel as I write this, (knowing some Duke Fans might read it) this is really for them and also those who are about to leave the squad for the pros. For that, I present this blog letter.

Dear UW Badgers Basketball Team of 2014-15:

It’s me Stephen, a Badger fan man, a UW-System Alum, A UW-Stout Alum, and a black blogger from Milwaukee. Yes, Bucky got me hooked since 1993!

Just want to come by to say this: THANK YOU!!!!

You guys were very impressive this year. Winning titles, player of the year, winning the B1G Tournament Championship, winning the sole-possessive Big 10 Title, Coach of the year and many others. Even OWNING the west in the regionals en route to the Final Four. In my view, you are starting to earning your place in the College Basketball game. And even if you may not see it now, you are building a new mantra for the UW-Madison Sports program.

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You all are making your mark; that even though you didn’t get the hardware you really wanted, but still I believe that NO TEAM in the NCAA should not overlook a Badger! Like many monday night (in between watching Monday Night Raw) it was my first time well as many others have seen you in the Championship Game for the first time in over Seven Decades. That was a start of things to come. No question that many of you are still heavy about not getting the National Strap. And yes, I have to give the Devils their due. Yes, Duke won. Even though that the refs had miscue calls, but they won. Not taking away from the talent of Tyus Jones, and Grayson Allen. Or many others. Even Coach K, who’s been in the business for over 30 years. Again not taking away from them. They have been coached by the best. HOWEVER, what they don’t have is that you all have been given new hearts to build in order to continue on this new era in the program.

For the Seniors who are about to move on: Thanks to the Tank, Traevon Jackson, Josh Gasser, and Duje Dukan for the four years. Even though that the pros might be calling, but your talent here in Wisconsin will be forever remembered. Who knows, maybe one of you ¬†or all four of you will be winning those NBA Titles. I thought about Michael Finley alot in which he was a scoring player for his run as a Badger. And even though he didn’t win a national title, he won an NBA Title in his career with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. So yes, it does get somewhat better after the College Hoops.

JUST IN: Sam Dekker had announced that he will not seek another run in the UW-Badgers Team for 2015-16. Instead, he’ll move on to the NBA Draft. Still, he made a impact on the team as well. I wish him well.

As for the rest of the team who have to carry on the struggle to greatness, the road is still open. And even though that the team may have to make adjustments or to find the new freshman classmates to help along from High Schools in America, it’s time to get cracking! For this, if those you seek out of high school are any good with speed and defense, then do what you have to do. In other words: like I mentioned to the Football Crew, CHANGE THE CULTURE!

Finally, as I close, in the time in which the UW-Schools would be deducted 300 Million Dollars of Scott Walker’s Idea which is “Bad for Business”, and the spirit of others schools have to be lifted, your spirit in my opinion, have somewhat captured other UW-Schools in the state in sense of pride. No matter if they are D2 or D3 or UW-Milwaukee, or UW-Stout or Parkside. No matter, you did ALL of the UW-School System very proud of your cause and accomplishments, thus far! And even those who had gone to the UW-Schools to the workforce as Alumni, same thing.

I believe that that the ball club has now what it takes to get to the final four and also the championship. But the one thing to remain is now, is to win a Championship! And that is a task that many will be noted to follow.

I know Duke is all about their victory right now. But I also say this: one one of the team or coaches might say that “Wisconsin’s championship is coming. Or they’ll get their Championship.” Don’t be surprised if one of them is talking about it. And for Bo Ryan, he has his opinions and viewpoints, but knowing him, he’ll get better! Even he or the coaching staff might lure some Duke coaches to Wisconsin! (I know, wishful thinking)

So with that being said: Thanks for a great season. It’s been fun to watch and read about, and STILL and always…..On Wisconsin!

GO BADGERS!

Sincerely (from a UW-Stout Alum, and a 22 year Badger Fan),

Stephen

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