On August 23, 2020, 29-year-old Jacob Blake was shot seven times by police in Kenosha, WI, which left him paralyzed from the waist down. Following the shooting, the city erupted in protests against police brutality and were joined in solidarity by protestors in cities across the nation.
Diverse Issues examines the long history of inequality in the state of Wisconsin, which consistently ranks as one of the worst states for Black people in the U.S. with regards to incarceration rate and educational inequality.
Wei LAB Director Dr. Jackson is featured in the article, sharing his thoughts on the history of racial disparities in Wisconsin and its place in the national conversation related to inequality.
“[The protests in Kenosha are a result of] many, many decades of pent-up frustration,” Jackson said. “To be in a place where perhaps you’re living under conditions that you know are among the worse in our country, and no one is really talking about it… These protesters are people who are continually being ignored, continually being overlooked but also carrying on the same energy – and might I add, positive energy – to bring this greater awareness [that] racial discrimination and inequity needs to stop in our country. [Blake is] yet another example that didn’t have to happen.”
Dr. Jackson was also featured in the Daily Cardinal, a UW-Madison student newspaper, on the same topic.
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