Milwaukee is worse for black kids than Mississippi, writes Michael Holzman in Dropout Nation.
Thirteen percent of black men 18 to 64 in Wisconsin are in prison, the highest rate in any state, according to a BBC video, Why does Wisconsin send so many black people to jail? “Over half the black men in Milwaukee County are now or have been in prison, Holzman writes.
Black families in Milwaukee are no better off financially than in Mississippi, according to Holzman.”If an average black family moved from Milwaukee to Mississippi, their children would probably have a slightly better chance of learning to read by the time they left school,” he writes. They’d be more likely to graduate from high school. In Mississippi, a black family’s young men are “less than half as likely to spend time in prison” compared to young black men in Milwaukee.