Study shows WI #7 for black homicide victimization: Could jobs end the violence?

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MILWAUKEE -- A study reveals African-Americans in Wisconsin are being murdered at a rate much higher than the national average. African-American elected officials and community activists say if there were more jobs available in Milwaukee and Wisconsin, there would be less violence.

Those living in the 53206 zip code don't need a study to explain what they experience on a daily basis. According to data, this section of Milwaukee's north side has seen the most murders in six of the last nine years.

Tory Lowe

Tory Lowe

"When you have something to lose, you don`t tend to get violent. When you have nothing to lose, it doesn`t matter and if it doesn`t matter, who cares if you get violent?" Tory Lowe, community activist said.

Using 2013 data, the Washington-based Violence Policy Center found that for African-Americans in Wisconsin, there are nearly 25 homicide victims per 100,000 residents.

The national average is a little more than four victims per 100,000 people.

Homicide statistics: Violence Policy Center

Homicide statistics: Violence Policy Center

Lena Taylor

Lena Taylor

"The best thing to reduce violence is a J-O-B. If you gotta get up and go to work the next day, you don`t have time to get into messes with people," Senator Lena Taylor said.

The national study doesn't account for 2015, when Milwaukee recorded 145 homicides -- the most since 1993. Among the victims, 121 African-Americans, 83% in a city where the population is about 40% black.

Milwaukee homicide statistics 2015

Milwaukee homicide statistics 2015

Alderman Joe Davis said the solution must include those beyond the city of Milwaukee's borders.

Joe Davis

Joe Davis

"Invite state of Wisconsin representatives to the city of Milwaukee. Work with our team from Milwaukee, our legislative team we have there," Davis said.

"It starts from hope. A little bit of hope goes a long way and what you`re seeing is a lot of hopelessness. If your first reaction is to be violent, that`s a sign of hopelessness," Lowe said.

Joblessness is a major issue in Milwaukee, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Its report from 2015 found an employment rate of nearly 20% among African-Americans in Wisconsin -- the highest in the nation.

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CLICK HERE to read the Violence Policy Center's report on black homicide victimization in the United States -- an analysis of 2013 homicide data.


  • thats right

    What a load of crap it has nothing to do with jobs it’s the drugs and gangs there are many poor white people you don’t see us killing each other stop with the excuses

  • Opinion8d

    What a funny story. So kids who are 13, 14 and 15 that committing crimes -car thefts, robberies, thefts, etc are going to be helped by ‘jobs’? It’s a ‘way of life’ for many inner city kids and they aren’t looking for ‘jobs’ unless they pay $30-$50/hr -hard to get with not even a high school education. Maybe Bernie or Hillary can help with that though…….

  • truth hurts

    There’s all kinds of jobs in and around kilwaukee. They don’t want that when it’s easier to rob, carjack or kill for a few bucks. Lazy thugs.

  • Fred

    I love how the problem is blamed on lack of jobs. For starters, why not show up at school and at minimum get a HS diploma, then worry about getting a job. Once you get a job you have to show up every day, not just when you feel like it or need money for something……..I think this whole mindset is too much for some people to grasp……….it’s much easier just to take what you want when you want it.

  • Fred

    Come on out to the burbs and pull your thug chit – see what happens there…I think you’ll be haulin’ a$$ back to the hood.

  • Joe

    Do they really think the thugs are going to give up their thug lifestyle to work 8hours a day? Yeah right that will work.

  • Dumb demoncraps

    The Democrats have ruled Milwaukee for many many many years…. decades…. maybe that’s why there’s no jobs???? Forum the blacks like to vote for him so they can get their free benefits,there free rent, there free phone. It’s a pretty sad sick disgusting cycle…. don’t be a chump vote for Trump!!!!

  • Dumb demoncraps

    I meant that’s why the blacks like to vote for the Democrats…. if they didn’t get everything for free they would have to work…. Democrats started this and encouragement it….. once again don’t be a chump vote for Trump

  • Crystal

    Im an African American woman who is disgusted by this city,my husband and i are working adults who are terrified and are prisoners in our own home.we are not all the same,we want to leave this garbage dump of a city but experience has shown us that living in the burbs Caucasian people view us all to be the same and were harassedby cops given dirty looks by fellow neighbors who are afraid that we will ruin their neighborhoods. Its a shame we cant live in peace no matter where we are!its not fair where do we go? What can we do? Live with and be robbed by criminals or move and be treated like criminals?

  • Crystal

    Heroin,and. Prescription pain killers are killing Caucasians like blacks are murdering each other,this is not a dem/repub issue this is not a black/white issue its a human race issue. Every race,every city across America has its set of issues.please stop the racism.

  • A yooper

    Crystal, You and spouse are more than welcome to move in next door to me, IF you are a member of main street USA, by acting civilized, speak clear english, drive your car car carefully, take care of your property, are employed or retired, be involved with your children and your new community. I truly believe that you would be welcome in any suburb. Don’t bring ghetto behavior with you. I drive N. 76th st often . I don’t want any of that BS near me. I have seen garbage tossed out of car windows driving right in front of my truck. the driving is insane!!! I would suggest parking big heavy trucks in the parking lanes. If the Police could only enforce a bit of patrolling we could take a lot of worthless human trash off of these streets to make life livable for the real working class. Guns??? I still don’t understand how so many end up in the hands the thugs.

    • Crystal .

      Lol…i dnt have a streak of ghetto in me but im 100 percent black ,so there will be some cultural not a native of Wisconsin,im from a small town in Minnesota where there is tons of diversity,im a lover of every culture and my family is a mixture of AA/Caucasian,im not accustomed to this kind of violence. I will pray for Milwaukee. As far as im concerned the problem starts at home,jobs wont fix Milwaukee, People dnt want them and those that do will be robbed and killed.

  • Ted Dalton

    I was very disappointed in not only your related news broadcast, but also this accompanying article. Not really surprised – just disappointed. To be fair, most PC news operations would have [predictably] done it the same way you did – tease with the title, but don’t bother to honestly report the reason for it. NOWHERE IN EITHER DID YOU BOTHER TO MENTION WHO’S KILLING ALL OF THESE BLACKS. If you would have done your research – or, maybe you did and you conveniently forgot to mention it – you would have been able (not willing) to state the fact that THE LARGEST CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG BLACKS 17 – 35 YEARS OF AGE IS ***BLACK-ON-BLACK VIOLENCE***!!! I’m personally amazed that you didn’t go for the REALLY BIG HEADLINE in this case: “MILWAUKEE BLACKS KILLING BLACKS AT SIX TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE!!!” Think of all of the attention you would have garnered by calling a spade a spade. Your way, you can take credit for being a socially-conscious, concerned news organization, but you don’t run the risk of alienating certain constituencies by pointing out the dirty laundry in their collective back yard. On the practical side, it’s great news that a J-O-B can keep one too busy to be taking lives, but idealogically (for you analytical eggheads) it falls short of answering why homogenized racism leading to violence is running rampant along this stretch of lakeshore. As a longtime student of mass media, I think I can cast my eye in a jaundiced or non-jaundiced fashion, as I see it. I’m calling this one “foul by reason of cowardice.” Comments? Anyone agree with this dissection?

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