Project Milwaukee: Black & White

Race Relations in Milwaukee

Milwaukee has long held the reputation, deservingly or not, of being one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Race relations in our community continue to impact education, economic development and our neighborhoods.

In June of 2009, WUWM News and Lake Effect journalists examined the history and evolution of black-white relations in Milwaukee. Project Milwaukee: Black & White explored how race relations have improved, and where there is still room for growth.

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Project Milwaukee
2:57 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Race & Baseball

Jerry Poling is the Assistant City Editor of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. He's author of the book A Summer Up North: Henry Aaron and the Legend of Eau Claire Baseball, about Hank Aaron's year playing minor league baseball in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, published by The University of Wisconsin Press. He spoke with Mitch Teich from Eau Claire.

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Project Milwaukee
2:47 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Cudahy Teens Say Race Plays Larger Role in Society than in Their Lives

Ian Smith

Last hour, as part of our Project Milwaukee series on race relations, we presented the views of local teenagers who belong to minority groups. Now we visit Cudahy High School to speak with white students. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis discovered, the conversations produced similar themes. I began the conversation with students at Cudahy High School by asking one question. Sophomore Ben Rejniak was first.

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Project Milwaukee
2:42 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

The Lives of Interracial Couples

Keith Holt & Jennifer Buchholz

We add some new voices to our Project Milwaukee series: Black & White, as we continue examining race relations in the city.

WUWM’s Susan Bence talked with several interracial couples to learn about their lives and some of the challenges they face.

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Project Milwaukee
2:35 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Teens Speak on Race

Lowrysha Cheatham, Melissa Valencia and Ashleigh Boatman.

We’re continuing on with our Project Milwaukee series exploring race relations in Milwaukee. This morning WUWM’s LaToya Dennis brought us four inner city teens of various skin colors. They spoke to her about the importance of race and ethnicity and how it impacts their lives. This afternoon, we’ll pick up where we left off this morning. We’ll here from those same teens about segregation in Milwaukee and stereotypes. There’s a lot of research out there that pinpoints Milwaukee as being one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Some people say you can guess which side of town someone lives on simply based on their ethnicity. I wanted to know if that was true, so I asked the teens about their neighborhoods.

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Project Milwaukee
2:32 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

Public Policy Forum Studies Race Relations

Rob Henken is the Executive Director of the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum, a non-partisan policy research organization. He spoke with Mitch Teich. The Forum has studied race relations in Milwaukee with several comprehensive reports in the past; you can find links here. Henken tells Mitch Teich what the forum's interest is in something as all-encompassing as race relations.

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