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A history of segregation in Milwaukee

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>> Amongst ourselves!>> Tensions in Milwaukee easing after violent protests over the killing of a black man by police turned this predominantly black neighborhood upside down this weekend. Reuters correspondent Brendan O'Brien is in Sherman Park, where community leaders have told him that whatever the circumstances of the shooting may be, the rioting was inevitable.
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>> I'm standing across the street from a burnt out gas station that was set ablaze by angry protestors, rioters, hours after police shot and killed what they say was an armed black man. Community members have told me in the last day or so that the shooting was a catalyst of racial tensions that reached a boiling point in the last couple days.
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And that is one of the reasons, one of the main reasons we saw such violence on the streets.>> Milwaukee is one of the most segregated cities in the country. And in no other neighborhood is that segregation felt more than in Sherman Park, where its unemployment, education, and police response times all show a large divide between the black inner city, and the white suburbs.
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>> There is very few opportunities for young black men in terms of jobs, in terms of activities, and all that has led to this anger, this frustration that young black men have taken out at police. There's also a sense among community members that it was not if this was ever gonna happen, it was when.
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>> According to the University of Wisconsin Center for Economic Development, almost 40% of black males in Milwaukee don't have a job. O'Brien says the community leaders he spoke with warn that if nothing is done to create more job opportunities and correct systemic inequalities, tensions could boil over once again.