During the 1980’s while working at WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, I produced documentaries on serious issues black officials, politicians, reporters, and commentators chose to deny, scoff at, or completely ignore: black on black crime, and the disturbing pattern of black men becoming an endangered species. One of the experts I interviewed for one of my documentaries said he regarded black on black crime to be a public health issue of epidemic proportions. Another called it a sad deterioration of ethnic pride.
The situation hasn’t changed much, if at all as far as much-needed attention is concerned. However, last week, a black filmmaker decided to heighten awareness with a rather unusual approach.
Note how some folks refuse to acknowledge the horrific, stark reality and instead attack the messenger. In today’s Crossroads section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jim Causey outlines the self-inflicted damage that has punished the black community. Causey’s highly commendable piece is a real eye-opener with an incredibly critical message. But will anyone listen?