I hope to help foster communication links and “exchange” between citizens, associations, social enterprises, and small businesses in a few Milwaukee “urban villages” reaching out to some of the “urban villages” of Brooklyn.
My first experiment would involve connecting Bay View, Riverwest, Harambe, the Third Ward, Walker’s Point, the Eastside, Washington Heights, and Sherman Blvd. with “sister” urban villages in Brooklyn.
I would like to start with the concept of “on-line conversations about the color line(s) of America.”
I was happy to find Scott Malcomson, author of “One Drop of Blood” and resident of Cobble Hill Brooklyn, discovering these positive sentiments about the diverse “colors” of humanity, expressed by a Spaniard, Francisco Lopez de Gomara, in his “Historia general de las Indias” of 1552, translated to English in 1555:
One of the marvellous things that God useth in the composition of man is colour, which doubtless cannot be considered without great admiration in beholding one to be white, and another black, being colours utterly contrary. Some likewise to be yellow, which is beween black and white, and others of other colours, as if were of diverse liveries. And as these colours are to be marvelled at, even so is it to be considered how they differ one from another as it were by degrees, forasmuch as some men are white after diverse sorts of whitness, yellow after diverse manners of yellow, and black after diverse sorts of blackness…Therefore in like manner and with such diversity as men are commonly white in Europe and black in Africa, even with like variety are they tawny in these Indies, with diverse degrees diversely inclining more or less to black or white…By reason whereof it may seem that such variety of colours proceedeth of man, and not of the earth: which may well be although we abe all born of Adam and Egve, and know not the cause why God hath so ordained it, otherwise than to consider that his divine majesty hath done this as infinite other [than] to declare his omnipotence and wisdom in such diversities of coulours as appear not only in the nature of man, but the like also in beasts, birds, and flowers…All which may give further occasion to philosophers to search the secrets of nature and complexions of men with the novelties of the new world. (p. 25, 2000 edition)