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Diversity and Racism in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Is Milwaukee diverse? Do people from different ethnic groups get along? Here's what four local experts had to say about diversity, inclusivity, and racism in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and Discovery World has many fun things to do that secretly involve learning. In summer, Milwaukee hosts many fests. Summerfest is probably the most known to people that live outside of Wisconsin; it’s a huge music fest held in the beginning of July where many famous music artists come and perform while the audiences can eat fair corn and cotton candy or drink some authentic Milwaukee brewed beer. On the same grounds as Summerfest, each weekend in August different European ethnicity fests are held such as German Fest and Irish Fest.

Jennifer, says: 2020

Milwaukee is the most segregated city in the United States. It is home to one of the areas with the highest rates of incarcerated African American men. Due to redlining, the African American population was left with few jobs, few opportunities to break into the housing market, and poor education.

Sharon, says: 2020

Milwaukee is an incredibly diverse, multicultural, multilingual city. It is also an extremely segregated city. Something that I was not prepared for in moving to Milwaukee was the reality that in this city, race and poverty are synonymous. There is great racial disparity and blatant racism prevalent in almost every neighborhood. It seems the city hasn’t progressed socially since the 1950’s.

Milwaukee is a vibrant city that relies heavily on cultural diversity to create its lively atmosphere. However, Milwaukee also has the highest segregation rate in the country. Because of this, there is often a large amount of racial tension between the inhabitants, including the police.

Melissa, says: 2020
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