The state of Wisconsin is home to “extreme racial disparity” compared to other states in economic opportunity, education and incarceration, says a new report by the Center on Wisconsin Strategy.

“Wisconsin has the regrettable distinction of ranking among the worst states in the nation in terms of racial equality,” begins the report by COWS, a nonprofit think tank based at UW-Madison.

The report pulls together data from public sources to illustrate the depth and breadth of racial disparities in the state.

For example, the African-American unemployment rate in Wisconsin was 19 percent in 2012 — three times that of whites. That disparity was exceeded by only two states, Nebraska and Iowa.

Wisconsin has the highest level of disparity in drop-out rates. Only 1.2 percent of whites in the state dropped out of high school in 2009-2010, compared to 7.5 percent of African Americans. No state came anywhere near that level of disparity.

And only Minnesota has a worse disparity in the rate of incarceration among men. Wisconsin locks up 12.8 percent of African-American men, the highest rate in the country, and just 1.2 percent of white men at 1.2 percent, just below the national average.

The COWS report also looks at poverty rate, health insurance coverage, high school graduation rates and other measures.

The stark racial disparities are the result of both relatively good outcomes for white Wisconsin and worse than the national average outcomes for black residents of the state, say the study’s authors.

“The vitality of our economy, the prosperity of our state, and the health and well-being of all our communities are threatened by the racial disparity that plagues Wisconsin,” they conclude.

Their “litany” of poor outcomes may add urgency to efforts to close the gap, they say.

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Sicani
Sicani

And where are the parents of all these poor African American Children. How many have actually lifted themselves up and out? Sick of hearing the whining moaning & groaning. The riots and devastation in Ferguson only managed to live up to the ghetto sterotypes. Get your crap together and start acting like civilzed Americans. Oh BTW, Brown had just robbed a store!

A dose of reality
A dose of reality

How can anyone take what COWS prints as serious? Look at their web site. They are so far left it's incredible the WSJ would find this a credible source.

gimlet72
gimlet72

I find that you lib blame walker for everything now this has been like this for the last 20 years got worse in late 90s walker wasn't gov then jim doyle was so to say its walkers fault is mute want to blame someone blame male blacks they spread there seed girl to girl freely no father hood in mind its who you can screw the most and longest they have NO mentors and the black leadership only fan the flames like Jackson and sharper who also like to spread there seeds around fact !!! so give some facts don't just blame !!!

Acapitalidea
Acapitalidea

I suspect there is more to the COWS' report than numbers, and while I can't offer solutions, I can offer observations. I've sat in on several of my children's high school classes over the years and noted some of the black students sit in the back of the room, disassociating themselves from the teacher and the subject matter of the class. They talk, use their cell phones and sleep. I hear about a black man jumping over the counter to beat up a McDonald's employee because she would not give a refund for something allegedly purchased at another McDonald's.I read about six blacks involved in a home invasion where the residents were pistol whipped and a six months pregnant woman was gang raped. Oops, they had broken into the wrong house. Their intent was to subject others to this kind of treatment. I read about a black brother shooting and killing another brother, both felons. I read about a man held up at gun point on a downtown Madison street by a black man, and I observe the pictures in the newspaper of criminals being sought by the police in Madison, the majority being black. Back in the classrooms, not every other student was totally engaged, but they were courteous, weren't texting, talking or sleeping. Asians now make up a greater minority in Madison than blacks, but they seem to be the most attentive students in the classroom, and I can't recall Asians committing such heinous acts. I have heard Madison attracts people from Chicago seeking welfare, often unemployed people and often black. Every race has good and bad people, and while, as I stated, I have no solutions, I don't find the statistics about an apparent disproportionate incarceration of African-Americans surprising.

retired
retired

Laziness breed ignorance, ignorance breeds disparity, thus the projects.
Just stating the facts. There isn't one day that this same paper doesn't show articles of crime. Your so called blacks are robbing/assaulting shooting up their own neighbor hood. AND you are concerned about disparity ????
I read and article the other day where the blacks are a small percent of population AND THE LEADER IN THE AMOUNT OF CRIME. You whine about disparity. Wake up. the blacks are their own worst enemy.

MadCityYokal
MadCityYokal

[haiku of a sort]

"Post"-Stereotype Society:
Deny Racism
Repeat often in "Comment"s
"Wallah!" It is GONE!

have some sense
have some sense

Another pointless report stating the obvious with no action plan to fix the problem. There isn't one mention of accountability for the parents again.
What is the average education level for the parents of these kids?
How many articles of "racial disparity" are going to be written before responsibility is taken.
This article paints a broad brush of racism being the main reason these disparities exist. That is not the case. There's no doubt some is present, but the problems always start at home.
Nothing will ever change until the people that are causing their kids to act this way make an effort to fix the way they are parenting.

bosco
bosco

Maybe someone should ask Andrew Young what is the solution, better yet ask Bill Cosby but only if you really want to know.

LeftCoastConservative
LeftCoastConservative

“The vitality of our economy, the prosperity of our state, and the health and well-being of all our communities are threatened by the racial disparity that plagues Wisconsin,” they conclude.

Geez, I know when I lived in Madison and strived to better my life, I always thought there was something missing..If only my community didn't have the 'racial disparity' issue. Seriously!?!! What a joke. The funniest part about studies like this is they are so quick to point out their figures and equally fast at inferring those results are because society has let them down. Why do liberals have to be so afraid of personal responsibility ?

There should be a study performed focusing on the 'inabilities disparity' between liberals and conservatives. It could conclude that liberals are so reliant on government because the white, accomplished business man let them down. Oh wait, that claim is in every third article on this site..

nolongerliveinwi
nolongerliveinwi

Not all states bad study, what states, here in GA black unemployment is near 24%, blacks in jail more then 80%.

guirkymondo
guirkymondo

And white supremacist meth dealers up in Northern Wisconsin.

http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/article/20140116/WDH0101/301160316/

UGH. What has happened to Wisconsin?

I'll tell you. Long dormant racism is rearing its ugly head. And Republicans just eat that up because it causes racist middle-class people to vote for financial changes that benefit ONLY those who net more than $350,000+ in income annually.

It's called the "Southern Strategy" in politics. And Walker and WisGOP are masters at it.

Well you know what? I'm getting the heck out of this sad, sad, bigoted, racist state. I'm taking my family, my business and all my family assets. You racists can stew in your own juices, because soon Walker will have you all working split shifts at McDonald's with no benefits. And you'll scratch you head wondering what happened. Good luck to you all. You're gonna need it.

aspyder
aspyder

And yet with all these inequities Blacks are coming to WI particularly Madison. Why if unemployment for Blacks is so high here compared to elsewhere? Unless your goal was to be unemployed.

Do you REALLY believe all those 'statistics' suddenly happened since Walker got elected. If you do you are one more bigot we will lose when you leave.

BTW - White supremacist meth DEALER (SINGULAR)

guirkymondo - it's an open boarder, you have to go where you have to go.

Observer101
Observer101

What a waste of paper….Of course there are disparities. Look at the family situation (or lack of…) of those involved in dropping out of school, those committing crime and being arrested, and it will explain why those rates are so high. It will also explain why they can't get hired….

When they stand on the corner, selling drugs for "fast money", or walk around with their pants down around their butts, emulating criminals, and when they can't speak the english language with any degree of accuracy, WHO WOULD HIRE THEM?

It all goes back to how they are raised. If they had a responsible family, who acted in accord with the rest of society, the numbers would reflect it. And GIVING THEM ALL WELFARE and SOCIAL PROMOTIONS will never change the outcomes. That has been proven over the decades.

guirkymondo
guirkymondo

You must be talking about Republican Rep Nygren's heroin addict kid. We know. That's what happens to kids in wealthy, authoritarian homes. Sad.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/22/daughters-heroin-habit-mo_n_4145315.html

And, you, sir, are a racist.

kd2632
kd2632

I agree, not really with a study, but with first hand experience. Having been to both Atlanta and Dallas on a lot of business trips, things seemed different there. Black people seemed more likely to work, less likely to be in trouble or on welfare, and generally more involved in mainstream society - useful things like community groups.

I'm not sure what they do right that we do wrong, but it isn't new, it spans across a lot of time. What I saw wasn't from one trip, but across many years. We might want to look and see what those states are doing. By the sound of it, from the article, we need to avoid doing whatever Minnesota has done.

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