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The Atlantic: "'Madison, Wisconsin, Is Not Ferguson, Missouri'"
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March 09, 2015, 03:42 PM
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From The Atlantic:
‘Madison, Wisconsin, Is Not Ferguson, Missouri’

The death of Tony Robinson, an unarmed black teenager shot by a white police officer, has inspired new protests under the banner of #BlackLivesMatter.

ADAM CHANDLER MAR 9 2015, 4:45 PM ET

On Friday night, Tony Robinson, a 19-year-old black teenager in Madison, Wisconsin, was shot and killed by Matt Kenny, a white officer and 12-year veteran on the city's police force....

Since Friday’s shooting, the city has transformed into the latest site of protest and grief. In gatherings reminiscent of those in Ferguson, Missouri, over the death of Michael Brown last August, demonstrators have marched through the streets and gathered at the site where Robinson was killed to demand justice.

Madison, WI is of course not some backward racist burgh like Ferguson, MO, it’s home to the University of Wisconsin and the state government. Madison is part of Dane County, which gave Obama 71% of its vote in 2012. We can see the difference in racist hatred levels in these statistics from the USA Today arrest rate database for 2011-2012:

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Ferguson has a shocking 2.8x black to white ratio.

Now, here is liberal Madison, where voters know better:

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So the black to white ratio is only 9.6x.

Oh, wait …

It turns out that very liberal Madison and its Dane County have just about the worst black-white inequality in America across a host of measures.

Indeed, Wisconsin’s social democratic liberalism in the 1970s, with high welfare payments and easy eligibility standards, appears to have attracted to Wisconsin just about the worst blacks in America.