Milwaukee is considered one of the most segregated cities for blacks and whites in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission has determined that homicide is the leading cause of death among 15-24 year old males in Milwaukee, and there are formidable race and gender disparities in occurrence. For example the firearm homicide rate among black males between the ages of 15-24 is 170 versus 30 for white males of the same age, almost 6 times higher. We came to Milwaukee to learn more about this disparity, and to get input from some of the dedicated gun violence prevention leaders and community advocates who are working in the city.
As a young, African-American man growing up in Milwaukee, Steve Jenkins is discouraged by the city's homicide statistics: 89% of all homicide victims in Milwaukee are African-American men between ages 11 and 39. Follow Steve as he speaks to his peers and Milwaukee leaders to learn more about what is behind those numbers.
Serve Marketing created the "One Milwaukee" campaign in response to Milwaukee's gun violence epidemic. They draw interesting parallels between teen pregnancy (Milwaukee has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation) and gun violence through their campaign. Check out their website to...