The Milwaukee Community Journal states, "It is a quality news organization published throughout Milwaukee and the surrounding suburbs. Established in 1976, the Milwaukee Community Journal (MCJ) has advanced and reported the plight, struggles and victories of blacks in Wisconsin. It's a service that publisher Patricia Pattillo has taken personally." Judging from the newspaper endorsements for the April 3, 2012 elections incumbents, Mayor Tom Barrett and Alderman Willie Hines. The MCJ endorsement is questionable when viewed with a critical eye. The MCJ article appears to be towing local political lines. The actual facts pertaining to the plight, disenfranchisement, today's struggles of Milwaukee's Black community in particular and the over-all miserable condition of the City of Milwaukee are the result of these two political leaders' legacy in public office.
First, let's take a look at Mayor Tom Barrett's report card over the past eight (8) years, as the top administrator of the City of Milwaukee. As it relates to the over-all conditions of the Black community in the fields of employment and job creations, crime free neighborhoods and creating an atmosphere for prosperity for all residents. In regards to job creation, Mayor Barrett boast of creating summer youth employment opportunities for Black youth while the unemployment figures for Black males between the ages of 16 to 64 peaks at 60% in the city. This is based on a recent study conducted by the UW-Milwaukee, Center for Economic Development…Race and Male Employment in the Wake of the Great Recession: Black Male Employment Rates in Milwaukee, And the Nation's Largest Metro Areas 2010 by: Marc V. Levine University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Working Paper, January 2012…http://www4.uwm.edu/ced/publications/black-employment_2012.pdf.
Under Barrett's eight year watch, Black male unemployment has risen six (6) to eight (8) percentage points each year of his administration. Equally important( under Barrett's watch), City Attorney, GRANT F. LANGLEY proclaimed that " the city attorney's office will no longer defend employment discrimination cases." Furthermore, Mayor Barrett and Willie Hines made a public announcement to entice companies/employer's to relocate to Milwaukee. As a result his office would (and did) eliminate the minority hiring quota and ended funding to the city Human Relations Commission. And so, there goes Barrett's and the MCJ newspaper claim of job creation in the Black community flushed right down the drain. In other words, the facts point out that Mayor Barrett's eight (8) years of leadership has actually regressed job growth and employment opportunities for the underserved Black community in Milwaukee.
Second, if you believe that incarcerating some of these unemployed Black males at a rate of 5000 annually for eight (8) years under Barrett's administration is making the Black community crime free then ask a resident who call the police departments to report an open drug house in their neighborhood. Only to be told by MPD that answers to Barrett, "Yes it is a known drug house but you are free to come fill out a complaint report." The city's over-all administrative picture is reeking with the stench of doom from downtown development projects that have failed, backed by city and federal tax dollars with 80% of city procurement dollars spent with non-city residents and businesses outside the city limits.
This observer perspective is: Tom Barrett's true political aspiration are to leave a personal legacy of upward achievements in the field of politics. The proof being his year long "indecisiveness" to run for Governor in the up-and-coming re-call election. His 11:55 announcement that he will be throwing his hat in the re-call election seals the deal with this "home boy." Barrett never has had Milwaukee's best interest in his heart. Barrett stated in an email to supporters, "We need to bring our state back" http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/barrett31-mk4qdt3-145223335.html . Judging from his leadership here in Milwaukee, anyone with a sensible mind would find it hard to believe any statewide citizen would want him as a Governor siting in Madison, willing indecisiveness when the State of Wisconsin needs sound leadership.
As for City Council President Willie Hines, he is as much responsible for the ill social conditions of Milwaukee as Mayor Tom Barrett's failures as an elected leader of this once economically viable city, I call home. Willie Hines has had the opportunity to demonstrate effective leadership as an elected official more so than Barrett, but he as failed overall in his leadership. Hines has been an elected leader twice as long as Barrett. Hines was elected in 1994 to the 15th District Alderman seat. That's 18 years in office watching the Black community socially disintegrate from a thriving and working family community into making the list of worst cities to raise a family, number one hyper-segregated city in the nation, poverty rate ranks fourth in the country, the infant mortality rate is higher than some third world countries and lastly, unemployment for Black males climbed between two (2) and eight (8) percent annually since Hinds took office.
In conclusion, the MCJ's endorsement of Tom Barrett and Willie Hines is a death wish against change for a brighter future in Milwaukee.
Their opponents on the other hand, in April 3rd city elections; Edward McDonald for Mayor www.edwardmcdonaldformayor.com , and Eyon Biddle for 15th District Alderman www.biddleformilwaukee.com. Both offer new leadership and promote fresh new ideals to change the disgusting ill social conditions present in the City of Milwaukee. I assume the Milwaukee Community Journal endorsement of Tom Barrett and Willie Hines begs to differ with the data high lighting the reality of many young black males in the city of Milwaukee found in the study (aforementioned) by UW-Milwaukee, Center for Economic Development, or the MJC is more concerned with not reporting objective facts in regards to city politics and its elected leaders report cards.