Project Milwaukee
4:26 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Poor Race Relations Leading to Brain Drain

Shelia Payton finds black/white relations improving among people under age 40, but not rapidly enough in the workplace.

A semi-retired Milwaukee businesswoman claims young African American professionals are leaving Milwaukee and Wisconsin, because their advancement opportunities here are limited. Shelia Payton still runs her own marketing firm here; she used to work in public relations for Miller Brewing and run a business development program at UWM. Payton says race relations in Milwaukee have improved, but she warns that the community needs to hustle things along, if it hopes to remain viable.