Chaos! Violence! Madness! If the right-wing media was to be believed Milwaukee has turned into mad-max over night, a once peaceful city torn to shreds by incoherent rioters because the cops shot someone. This however is far from the truth.
Wisconsin is one of, if not the most, highly segregated States in the
Imperium Union , a city where:
Black men are incarcerated or unemployed at some of the highest rates in the country, and where the difference in poverty between Black and white residents is about one-and-a-half times the national average. There are barren lots and worn-down homes all over the predominantly Black north side, while mostly white crowds traffic through the restaurants and boutiques downtown, or inhabit the glossy
Black folks in Wisconsin as a whole are doing worse than their white counterparts: they have the highest poverty rate and the highest unemployment rate of any state in the country and the state’s prisons prey on Black men at a higher rate than in any other state.
All in all Wisconsin is at the bare minimum an authoritarian shithole for your average black resident. Add to that environment a police department that’s been caught roughing up and emptying clips into mentally ill homeless people without having charges filed against them and you get a city far from peaceful or safe for your average black resident.
But when has that ever mattered? As long as those little boutiques stay open and downtown restaurants keep their Yelp scores up who cares if a few eggs get broken along the way?
“But wait Dr. Bones! He was a criminal, a bad guy!”
Oh? Are we talking about the same Sylville Smith who the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reluctantly admitted didn’t have a “lengthy arrest record” as reported because “Online court records show Smith has one prior conviction for carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor. The rest of the arrests did not result in charges or were dismissed.” And what where those other arrests?
32 citations received for minor traffic violations, like driving without insurance and not wearing a seatbelt. What did the cops that killed him stop him for? “Acting suspiciously,” also known as “Black Guy Out After 3pm.”
Fuck you Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and your shitty ass, stupid name. You admit you’re wrong but, knowing most people only read the title, you put out misleading information anyway. Anytime the cops kill anybody the establishment press is quick to paint them as the second coming of Hitler yet very rarely do we hear of the misdeeds of the police.
The obvious pro-State leanings of the print media should be a sign they are not to be trusted, and occupy the same role as Pravda did for the Bolsheviks: not so much concerned about facts and events as ideological purity and crafting the narrative on who to blame.