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The hashtag #TheRealUW began trending shortly after reports surfaced that a freshman was pushed and spat on by a neighbor in Sellery Hall in the early morning hours of March 12. The alleged attacker shouted profanities and made racially motivated comments, calling the student poor, telling her she “didn’t deserve to be at [UW-Madison]” and that “she wasn’t pulling her own weight because she was on scholarship,” according to a blog post by Nora Herzog, who was present for the incident. Both Herzog and the victim are members of First Wave, a hip-hop scholarship program.

Via Inside #TheRealUW @ Isthmus.

Worst States for Black Americans

Wisconsin is the worst state in the country for black Americans. The median annual income of black households in the state is just $26,053, much lower than the median for black families nationwide and equal to just 46.5% the median income of white Wisconsin households of $56,083. Similarly, while 29.9% of white adults in Wisconsin have at least a bachelor’s degree, 12.8% of black adults in the state have completed college. This is also much lower than the bachelor degree attainment rate among black adults nationwide of 19.7%. Of all the racial disparities found in Wisconsin, the unemployment gap between black and white state residents is perhaps the most troubling. With a white jobless rate of 4.4%, the state’s job market is relatively strong for the white population. For black Wisconsin residents, however, the unemployment rate is more than five times higher times higher, at 20.8% — the highest among black populations in every other state.

Via Worst States for Black Americans @ 24/7 Wall St.

Questioning

“John McWhorter writes, in a WSJ piece, “Closed Minds on Campus”: The idea that only the naive or the immoral would question issues connected to something as broad and protean as race and racism is hasty at best and anti-intellectual at worst. What qualifies as discrimination? As cultural appropriation? As aggression? What is an ethnicity?…

Whitefish Bay Jeweler Racially Profiles John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks Star

Went to @schwankekasten jewelry today in White-Fish Bay during regular business hours . They locked the door and told me to go away . After I rang the doorbell twice everyone went to the back. No answered the door or told me what was going on. This was followed by two police cars pulling up and parking across the street and watching me for 5 minutes ( I assumed they were called by the store ) . I was then approached by 2 officers and questioned about the dealer vehicle I was in which is apart of my endorsement deal with Kunes country Chevrolet and asked me what I wanted amongst other things that were just irrelevant to me being there just trying to shop at the store like a normal paying customer would do . I told them I was just trying to look at a watch. He then had to go in the back and tell them to come out it was safe but this is after they ran my plates and I overheard them talking about doing more of a background check on the car. The employees finally came out of the back and proceeded to conduct business like they previously were as we walked up . This was one of the the most degrading and racially prejudice things I've ever experienced in life and wouldn't wish this on anyone . This store needs to be called out and that's what I'm doing . You have no right to profile someone because of their race and nationality and this incident needs to be brought to light and I urge anyone who ever is thinking of shopping here reads this and doesn't bring any business to this discriminatory place .

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On racial tension, Walker sees ignorance as bliss

“In other words, acknowledging systemic problems like the documented wave of police killings of unarmed black men, or the racial wealth gap, or disparities in sentencing and incarceration, creates “discord.” During the GOP debate, he similarly dodged a question about the Black Lives Matter movement, which even Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly called “the biggest civil rights issue of our…

Blaska on race in Madison

Madison fears The Race Card more than stage four cancer. The institutions have been sufficiently mau-maued by “activists.” The mob closed down a bank on the capitol square for an afternoon. The mayor tried to penalize contributors to the wrong political action groups. The threat of economic boycott looms over independent-thinking businesses; social ostracism awaits…