A website study is making the rounds in the blabbosphere that Wisconsin is the worst state for Black Americans, as determined by the website 24/7 Wall Street. Their methodology draws from 12 data sources and looks at the disparity in “access to resources and opportunities” in factors like household income, educational attainment rates, and health insurance.
The report concludes:
Milwaukee led the nation of most racially-segregated U.S. cities, which may actually make the problem in Wisconsin more a problem for Milwaukee, where the vast majority of the state’s black population lives. [emphasis added]
Liberals have controlled Milwaukee for more than a century.
Not just any liberals — notable socialists, like Frank Zeidler and Daniel Hoan, once ran Milwaukee.
As a function of philosophy and policy, conservatism favors the sort of long-term policies that don’t always sound nice but work culturally and economically. Meanwhile, liberals offer short-term feelgoodery that sound lovely but end up destroying communities. This is perhaps the clearest, most poignant, stark, glaring, jaw-dropping example of how liberalism does not work.
JSOnline would have none of it, though. They ran to UW-Madison Economics Professor Steven Durlauf, who pointed out a few reasons to take the study with a grain of salt, which you can read in their report if you want to, and have little to do with the data and everything to do with typical liberal assumptions.
For example, he argues,
“I’m certain, for instance, that the health benefits in Wisconsin are more generous to disadvantaged people than they are in Mississippi, and that includes African-Americans,” Durlauf said.
For fun, I’ll concede that point. The bizarre premise of his argument is that we should celebrate that a significant chunk of the population uses government benefits instead of being able to afford it because of gainful employment. So then why do so many have to rely on government handouts? Because Democrat policies have made good paying jobs in the inner city impossible.
In another point, Durlauf says,
“The fact that one unemployment number is higher in one state than another tells you nothing of the causal role of the state’s policies, culture, history or broader economic fundamentals,” Durlauf said.
But we’re not really talking about one state here, we’re talking about one city in one state — a point that Durlauf doesn’t press. Let’s talk about the policies, culture, history, or broader economic fundamentals of Milwaukee for the last 100 years: They’ve been shaped and implemented by Democrat leaders.
The alternative narrative would be — what, then? Milwaukee’s a great city for African-Americans?
No, it’s not. Milwaukee is deeply segregated, riddled with poverty, and a grim example of what happens when liberalism runs unchecked.