WUWM: Race & Ethnicity Reporting

Race impacts so much. It’s not just the headlines and the statistics, it is a thing that is constantly shaping us - our work, our health, our relationships, our spirituality, our identity… It’s hard to make sense of it all.

So, that’s where I come in. As WUWM’s Race and Ethnicity Reporter, my job is to highlight injustice, meet the people working to make things better, and help Milwaukee have difficult conversations.

In order to do that, I need to know what’s on your mind.

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Ways to Connect

Aisha Turner

If you were to witness someone being harassed would you know what to do? A group of Milwaukeeans is teaching people how to step in and calm potentially violent situations. 

Bystander intervention training is designed to build confidence so more people feel comfortable confronting racism, homophobia, and other kinds of harassment.

Race and Ethnicity Reporter Aisha Turner sat in on one of these trainings.

On a Friday night at the Riverwest Public House, facilitator Stephanie Roades gathers about 15 people for class: “We're gonna start with a basic warm up.”

Torpedo-shaped boats will race along the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers this weekend, as rowing teams compete in the annual regatta. It’s the 17th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge.

 

Proceeds from a weekend benefit will sponsor a new program to help diversify the Milwaukee Rowing Club. Race and Ethnicity Reporter Aisha Turner visited the Rowing Club over the summer to learn about its efforts to bring new participants into the sport.

 

Aisha Turner

Torpedo-shaped boats raced along the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers this weekend, as rowing teams competed in the annual regatta. It was the 17th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge.

 

Proceeds from a weekend benefit will sponsor a new program to help diversify the Milwaukee Rowing Club. Race and Ethnicity Reporter Aisha Turner visited the Rowing Club's middle school team over the summer to learn about its efforts to bring new participants into the sport.

 

Aisha Turner

Mothers Against Gun Violence organized an event Friday to bring attention to the importance of life insurance.

I believe I can fly… I believe I can touch the sky…

 

Debra Fifer raised her right hand in praise as Marshé Whaley belted into the microphone…

 

I think about it every night and day… spread my wings and fly away… I believe I can soar… see me running through that open door…

 

WTMJ-TV, Wisconsin Historical Society, and UW-Milwaukee Libraries

It was 50 years ago that the open housing marches began in Milwaukee. For 200 nights civil rights activists marched from the mostly black northside over the 16th Street Bridge to city’s predominately white southside. They demanded a law to end discriminatory housing practices that prevented African Americans from living in white areas of the city.

 

A teenager named Prentice McKinney was at the center of those marches, leading the NAACP Youth Commandos.

Aisha Turner

On Saturday, Milwaukeeans rallied in response to the racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. A large group spread out at the end of Wisconsin Avenue and chanted “white silence is violence” … “love trumps hate” … and “black lives matter.” 

They stood between the Northwestern Mutual Tower and the orange sunburst sculpture in O’Donnell Park. Some cars passing by honked in support.

Aisha Turner

Milwaukee has said goodbye to one of its prominent -- and outspoken -- faith leaders. For the last 10 years, Steve Jerbi was senior pastor at All Peoples Church on 2nd and Clarke.

He stood out as a white man leading a predominantly black congregation. He also became known for his passionate pursuit of racial and social justice.

This Sunday -- for the first time in a decade -- the congregation will gather without Jerbi, because he's moving to California to take a position with a church there.