It’s So White in Wisconsin

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

Funny thing happened when we were in Wisconsin. Both of my sons, on separate occasions, commented on how there were so many White people in Milwaukee and so few Black people. And this was while we were at our family reunion. Note: My family is Black (with a few White and Asian folks sprinkled in for color). The boys were struck, however, by the seemingly majority White population in the public spaces we visited outside of reunion activities. You know, like at the mall and the grocery stores.

Believe it or not, I’m so used to being the lone chocolate chip in the cookie when I’m home, I’ve stopped noticing. But the fact that my kids brought it up makes me happy. Why? Because it means I’ve done a great thing raising them in cities where they don’t feel ostracized or as if they stand out for their color. They are so used to being in integrated and diverse environments that when they land in places like Caucasia Wisconsin, they find it odd. Bravo Ms. Meltingpot. My work is done.

And just so you don’t think my kids are crazy, check out this recent article about Milwaukee topping the list for most segregated cities in the country (and this visual brings the segregation to life). Sadly, since I’ve been little, we’ve always been on top.

What about you dear readers? Do your kids notice color when they visit new places? Is that a good thing in your opinion? I’m listening.


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2 Thoughts to “It’s So White in Wisconsin”

  1. Cyretha

    This might not be an answer to the questions, but I just want to share this clip with you.

    1. Ms. Meltingpot

      Thanks, Cyretha!

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