Milwaukee should be a great city.
It should be a world-class city.
But it’s not.
The reasons for this dilemma are quite obvious, though you can’t say them publicly in 2017 America if you wish to be able to make public appearances without armed guards.
Milwaukee is 37 percent white and 40 percent black.
And the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission helps us understand why the city isn’t a great city. The authors of the review analyze every shooting and homicide to determine why it happened (completely dispelling the idea “gang violence” is to blame for the bloodshed), and they break each one down by race of victim and race of suspect as well.
It’s not even a good city, and here’s why:
- 90 percent of homicide suspects in 2016 were people of color (79 percent being black)
- 93 percent of nonfatal shooting suspects in 2016 were people of color (88 percent being black)
In 2016 Milwaukee, there were 139 homicides and 555 nonfatal shootings.
The non-white community of Milwaukee was responsible for 90 percent of homicides and 93 percent of nonfatal shootings.
Do you understand why Milwaukee isn’t a great city?
Do you understand why Milwaukee isn’t a world-class city?