Race relations

Recently, a sharp increase in violence has galvanized Milwaukee communities to look for solutions. Another perennial hot button topic in the city is racism, and the segregation it often causes.

It’s a topic Jennifer Morales knows well. Morales lived in Milwaukee for more than 20 years. It is where she raised her family, and where she was the first Hispanic to serve on the Milwaukee School Board.

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Last week, the Starbucks coffee chain announced its initiative to get people to talk about the sensitive issue of race.  The plan was pretty straightforward – have its baristas write #RaceTogether on coffee cups and initiative conversations. 

But the idea almost immediately became the source of ridicule on social media, criticized as heavy-handed or quixotic.

But take Starbucks out of the equation, and how do you initiate a dialogue about race relations and inequality?

Susan Bence

Milwaukee often makes the list of most segregated cities in the U.S. with the city being majority minority and suburban areas largely white.

Susan Bence


Two weeks ago a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Ferguson, MO. We put a call out to Milwaukeeans to take part in a roundtable discussion about race relations and what we could learn in the aftermath of the shooting.

Timothy Moder

Of all the “isms” that are out there, racism is one of the most enduring, and in this supposedly post-racial age, the most pernicious.

The nation honors the civil rights leader Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., with a holiday today.

Michelle Maternowski

Community members talk about how the greater Milwaukee area is doing when it comes to reaching Martin Luther King’s goals.