Kenosha on the Road to Combating Systemic Racism: Many Promises, Slow Progress, Opportunities Emerge | Local News


With its volunteer staff of 20 trained mediators, KCOR is now equipped to travel to neighborhoods where potential conflicts can be defused and resolved.

“But we don’t know unless you call,” he said.

He said the incumbent group strives to work with all segments and “colors of the community.”

“We don’t just want to stop the violence in the urban community, we want to stop the violence throughout Kenosha town because if there is a real act of violence or a real ox that needs to be crushed, we are going to be there. and we want to stop that so that the police don’t have to come in and waste taxpayer dollars doing what we should already be doing as a community, ”Bennett said.

More to the equation

It remains to be seen whether the community, among African American residents in particular, and relations with the police have improved in the year since the unrest.

For Bennett, there are other issues, including socio-economic reflections of systemic racism, that have yet to be fully addressed.

Kenosha Acting Police Chief Eric Larsen hands out sticker badges during the Veterans Civic Parade June 27 in downtown Kenosha.

GREGORY SHAVER, For Kenosha News

Another part of the commitment to action aims to tackle educational and socio-economic structures, or their absence, in particular those which have long been obstacles to improving the conditions of young people in the community, as well as the adult population, which continues to grow in its racial affiliation and ethnic diversity. The mayor said that is why the proposals for the former Brown National Bank building in Uptown which aim to transform it into an “emerging leaders academy” and the Kenosha innovation district with the promise of an innovation center and a technology-driven high school are vital to the city’s future.


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