In the wake of the black rampage at the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee, a considerable amount of it directed against whites, two Milwaukee aldermen have courageously recognized the racial aspect and have issued a public statement condemning violence by black teens. The latest toll is 24 arrested and 11 injured, seven of them State Fair police officers. The savagery of the violence is reflected in this raw cell phone video provided by WITI Channel 6 (Fox6):
On August 5th, 2011, Aldermen Bob Donovan and Joe Dudzik issued the following statement entitled "We’re Reaping the Harvest We’ve Sown", in which they call upon the black community to start taking more responsibility for its actions:
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There are repercussions for having a failing public school system, and an outdated juvenile justice system.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.
If you want to send an e-mail to these two aldermen expressing support for their courageous stand, instructions are available HERE. Contrast this with the response by State Fair Police Chief Tom Streubing, who is now claiming the fights weren't racial.
State Fair Park CEO Rick Frenette is taking sterner measures to prevent a recurrence of violence. Frenette says there will be an increased police presence following disturbances at the fair and surrounding neighborhood. And, he says all those under 18 attending the fair will have to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian after 5 P.M.
Mayor Tom Barrett announced an increase in police presence at community events planned for the week. He said there would be no tolerance for violence at festivals and that perpetrators will be prosecuted -- regardless of race. "Two years ago I was a victim of a random attack at State Fair… last night's events took place at State Fair that I don't believe are random," he said at a City Hall news conference. Gov. Scott Walker has also ordered the Wisconsin State Patrol to provide additional law enforcement help.
Not a word from the NAACP, though.