“We have an emergency here:” Committee unanimously approves resolution creating Office of African-American Affairs

Committee unanimously approves resolution creating Office of African-American Affairs

MILWAUKEE — In the wake of the unrest in Milwaukee on the heels of the fatal shooting of Sylville Smith by a Milwaukee police officer on August 13th, a resolution was proposed and passed to create an “Office of African-American Affairs” Wednesday, September 7th.

Authored by Alderman Khalif Rainey, the measure establishes the office in Milwaukee.

The request was heard in front of the Community and Economic Development Committee at City Hall Wednesday afternoon.

Rainey pointed to the overwhelming perception people have of Milwaukee as a reason this office will help.

“We have an emergency here in Wisconsin, here in Milwaukee as it relates to African-Americans — with the distinction of being the absolute worst place to live if you happen to be an African-American man, woman or child,” Rainey said.

The office’s purpose will be to help administrate and implement city policies regarding the special needs of the city’s African-American residents.

“It’s time to do everything we can as a city to make sure all of our citizens have a chance to live better and richer lives, and that all of our children can reach their full potential,” Rainey said in a statement.

The committee showed overwhelming support for the proposed office which was unanimously passed.


  • dale

    This did not work for the native Americans why would it work for others? Why not get honest numbers and feedback from those who have to pay for this. In the late 1950 an angry black man killed a Jewish woman, in here own home in Sherman park Neighbor. That event helped trigger the flight of the Jews out of the neighborhood. Why has not Milwaukee dealt with this problem correctly? in the 1910 the first blacks moved into Milwaukee, a state where slaves could be free. what happened?

    • Billy Joe

      Hmmm….the jews fled. That’s strange why is the Sherman Park area known for having the largest population of Orthodox Jews in the state, then?

  • Fringe

    Milwaukee is the worst place to live for them because of there own doing. They burn down buildings/cars. They steal vehicles. It was news to me they were being forced to commit crimes.

    • Billy Joe

      WOW! How is the city still standing? It should be a pile of ashes and debris with 240,203 African Americans rioting everyday, burning down buildings and cars, committing crimes, etc. The entire city should be like Mad Max. GTFOH with your racist stupidity.

  • Dumb!

    ok…..Let’s get an office for every other race as well because we all have issues that need special attention.

  • cannibal

    So by segregating yourselves with ideas like this you in turn will fight segregation? Look at milwaukees history..not a republican mayor since the very early 1900s. You get what you continue to vote for locally. Does this new office hold into account the damage the black community as a whole damages itself? And damages the rest of the community? This is a complete racist office created by racist elected officials if they cannot answer in the affirmative. To hell with this victim mentality by the. Aa community.

  • polymorph

    “The office’s purpose will be to help administrate and implement city policies regarding the SPECIAL NEEDS of the city’s African-American residents” Bahaha! Send in the short buses.

  • Jason Gibson

    A committee of 6 minorities creates a BS office of African American affairs. It’s not an emergency these black on black crimes. It’s a belief that the oppression of the 1800’s still exists today.

    News flash. Only 1.6% of Americans owned slaves in the 1800s at its PEAK.! Please stop blaming all your problems on 1.6% of the population and start realizing that the problem is not the police. It’s the fact that people commit crimes, and don’t follow police orders, and when you don’t follow police order things will ensue.
    You can’t stop it all from happening by stop committing crimes.

    Do your research people :In 2015, police killings of blacks accounted for approximately 4 percent of homicides of blacks. Police killings of unarmed blacks accounted for approximately 0.6 percent of homicides of blacks. The overwhelming majority of black homicide victims (93 percent from 1980 to 2008) were killed by blacks. ( http://www.amren.com/the-color-of-crime/)

    So which part is the problem? The 4% of blacks killed by Copa? Or the 93% of black on black homicides???

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