Press Release by Milwaukee Aldermen Bob Donovan and Joe Dudzik, Aug. 5, 2011
Aldermen Bob Donovan and Joe Dudzik of Milwaukee have released the following statement about the violence at the Wisconsin State Fair:
As elected officials, we are shocked and concerned about the senseless violence displayed by the large mob outside State Fair Park last night. On behalf of our city, we apologize to the victims and good patrons who endured or witnessed such horrific behavior.
Sadly, what transpired near State Fair Park last night is only the most recent mob riot spawned by a culture of violence that has been brewing in Milwaukee for some time.
And let’s face it, it also has much to do with a deteriorating African American culture in our city.
Are large groups of Hispanics or Hmong going out in large mobs and viciously attacking whites?
We are reaping the harvest that we’ve sown.
There are repercussions for the staggering illegitimacy rate in our African American community.
There are repercussions for having little to no positive male involvement in the lives of African American children.
There are repercussions for single-parent homes where children aren’t properly supervised, and where they aren’t held responsible for their actions.
There are repercussions for a staggering, decades-long near 50% unemployment rate for African American males in our city.
There are repercussions for having a failing public school system, and an outdated juvenile justice system.
There are repercussions for having one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the U.S., and for having kids raising kids.
The community was shocked when the violent mob of African American youths attacked white people in Kilbourn Reservoir Park on July 3. Then, a few eyebrows were raised at the F-bombs and shocking disregard and disrespect for Milwaukee police officers shown by a large and unruly group of African Americans at N. Richards St. and W. North Ave. last Saturday night.
And now this horrific mob violence near State Fair Park.
But for those who live in some city neighborhoods, this violence has been like a steady rain for far too many years now. And the reality is this summer it seems we have five or six shootings each and every weekend!
Unfortunately, this behavior is now all too common in some parts of the Milwaukee community.
Our hearts go out to the older generation of African Americans in this city who remember when their community had one of the HIGHEST marriage rates in the city. Sadly, many of these same residents are now scared of their own children and grandchildren.
Although we hope our law enforcement agencies are able to bring some of the thugs who were involved in these attacks to justice, no amount of millions of dollars in government spending or resources is going to truly address this problem.
We can no longer wish this violence would just go away, and we cannot ignore it; we must see it for what it truly is.
We cannot begin to address the underlying causes of the violence without change. We believe that change must come from within the African American community, where new seeds must be sown.