Priorities: 33 versus 73 in Milwaukee

by Patricia Obletz, Editor, November 2010

The most telling symptom of denial is the apathy that smothers the seemingly intractable racism and poverty in Milwaukee. Electronic media show us daily images of the heartbreaking consequences of the last president and his administration. They show us exactly how greed and racism impede civil rights and ruin lives.


The November 2, 2010, election reeks of racism. The next morning, Tea Party officials on talk shows said that they aimed their ads at the over 50 generations. This group, unlike the much more open-minded and tolerant younger generations, still feeds on ancient arrogance, setting themselves above the lives of others, putting profit above other life and the planet. Too bad they were smart enough to learn about that difference from United States President Barack Obama=s 2008 campaign and talk but not walk the path of common sense compassion. Far worse is that they do not appear to be smart enough to recognize the truth of what life on earth needs and can have when the consensus in governing powers aligns with reality. Pres. Barack Obama already has signed into law bills that help the majority of US citizens.

Hillary Clinton planted the knowledge that AIt takes a Village@ to raise children into healthy, productive adults. Thank the Universe that at last we have a leader who is working on putting this truth into action. President Barack Obama is still working on the opposition to raise the quality of life and safety for the majority of Americans. Already, he has accomplished amazing changes, making inroads on helping the majority of citizens achieve productive lives.

Too many people who grew up in Milwaukee tell me that racism is ingrained in city politics, institutions and the general public. Is that what you think? Living in denial aborts the evolution of your conscience, making you more susceptible to anger, addiction, scape-goating others, clinical depression, obesity, and other illnesses that afflict mind, spirit and body. Racism is fact. How we respond to it determines the quality of our life and that of those around us.

Milwaukee minority businesses comprise less than 1 percent of market share

In an October 2008 report on minority employment, author Mark V. Levine, UW-Milwaukee, concluded that this city’s “primary need is not to improve job training, but to create increased demand for low to moderate skilled labor . . . .

“(T)he number of minority businesses employed in this city is less than one percent. (What=s needed are) equity policies in transportation, public finance, healthcare and housing, which could make a difference in combating minority joblessness.”

In Milwaukee, 73 percent of residents live in poverty. Although tied with seven other cities that are number 44 in USA poverty rankings (Journal Sentinel statistic of 4th poorest in nation is wrong: see But what Amakes Milwaukee unique is the isolation of urban poor in the central city.@

These damning percentages of minority businesses and concentrated poverty say everything about how things are here. Award-winning journalist Gregory Stanford points out crucial facts about the sharp differences and similarities in Democrat v. Republican policies as illustrated by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker @


Joining the Milwaukee NAACP Branch has centered me in the fast-growing movement to overcome racism, greed and corruption, as well as hypersegregation. Long time activist George Sanders said, AHypersegregation’s most dangerous outcome is that it not only creates intense Black segregation, but it isolates people from amenities, resources and opportunities. Left unchecked, it even produces incongruent cultures C one subject to poverty, crime, an inability to organize or plan; the other, affected by the absence of logical thought, is fearful of consequences and avoids conflict. Both become on-going tools that perpetuate the status quo B police harassment, scattered group incrimination, and a total acceptance of the overall lack of any sense of well being.@

It was George Sanders who urged me to attend the first Concerned Citizens for the Milwaukee NAACP Reform Movement meeting. The chronicles of our campaign are here:

Based on the incriminating documents that I have seen, it appears incontestable that the Milwaukee branch and the national NAACP leadership have caved in to greed and ignored this organization=s mission that was forged in 1909 by the need to secure Civil Rights for people of every color. White, I learned in a color class at Parsons School of Design, is made up of all colors.

Racism is too often criminal insanity.

Image: The Red Horse Messengers by Obletz 36×48 oil & oil stick on canvas

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