By Cindy, April 22, 2014 4:40 pm 20 Comments
Why won’t Milwaukee Democrats engage in a discussion about economic disparity in Milwaukee? I have a few ideas. Chances are, you won’t like them, but since it will give a handful of you something new to bicker about, I’ll go ahead.
This post started bouncing around when I saw this from Sam. Here is where my mind traveled:
1) A mostly white gathering at the Wisconsin Democrats’ Founder’s Day dinner:
2) Memories of mostly black voters herded for early voting in 2012: (source)
3) This famous exclamation from United States Vice President Joe Biden:
Once again I ask blacks in Milwaukee, are you ok with Democrats treating you this way? With rich mostly white folks hanging out in fancy hotel ballrooms and later renting your buses to get you to the polls? Just checking, because I know I’d be cranky about it.
By now you might be able to intuit my lack of surprise with some Dem reactions to this study which says Wisconsin is the worst state in the union to be a black child. Half a dozen folks were very quick to blame Scott Walker below the Facebook post I saw.
Milwaukee has a Democrat for a Mayor. Dane County has a large Democrat base. Wisconsin has only been Republican since 2010. The president of the United States is a Democrat. For two years Democrats held a filibuster-free lock on the Senate and the House in addition to the presidency.
Still, Wisconsin Democrats blame Republican Governor Scott Walker. Even The Cap Times recognizes that being a poor black child in our state is not a “new issue” from their article a couple of weeks ago.
Nothing will change for the poor black children in Wisconsin until Democrats in our state confess they are a part of the problem and that finger pointing is never a solution.
One other thing that needs to happen for the sake of poor black children: Mothers need to parent in a two-parent household. This study confirms it again. In the United States, 32% of African-American children live in two-parent families (Page 12) while for white children the number is 76%. (Page 20)
Two-parent families often mean two incomes, and those two incomes will likely raise a child above the poverty level. The fastest way to keep a child from poverty is to have that child in a two-parent household.
It’s a culture of poverty, a culture of black poverty. It’s the culture that needs to change, not an increase in the handouts.
So Democrats, how will you be involved in changing the culture? In changing the curse of being poor and young and black in Wisconsin. Go ahead, attend more mostly white dinners where you lament those poor Wisconsin black children.
Seeing the problem clearly is the first step in change.