Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon: Milwaukee ‘extremely segregated’
Bucks guard Sterling Brown, despite not being violent or overly combative, was tased and arrested for a parking violation in Milwaukee last year. A few years ago, an employee at a Milwaukee-area jewelry store called the police on former Bucks center John Henson, who was trying to buy a watch.
These incidents fit into a larger framework.
Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon, via Donald McRae of The Guardian:
Brogdon is clearly politically and socially conscious. An increasing number of NBA players are.
Talking like this about the place he plays is another level. Few players want that level of heat.
Brogdon might have felt empowered by the Bucks. Bucks president Peter Feigin previously called Milwaukee “most segregated, racist place I’ve ever experienced in my life.”
Facts support their conclusion about the city’s segregation. Brookings found Milwaukee to be America’s most-segregated metropolitan area.
The segregation is no accident. Years of discrimination in housing have created lasting race-based lines.
There’s no simple solution to this problem, but the first step is recognizing the problem. Too few people acknowledge it. Kudos to Brogdon for shining a light on it.