Milwaukee is my home. I was born and raised there. My family home is in the Sherman Park neighborhood, literally half a block from the location of the unrest this past weekend. My parents still live there.
Until recent history, Sherman Park was a bastion of black success, the heavily sought after neighborhood of Milwaukee’s black middle class. Black families bought their pieces of the American Dream and planted picket fences along the pristine lawns of the community.
The fall of 1983 saw a new young family buy into the Sherman Park dream. With a 7 year old son and 5 month old daughter, my parents planted firm roots in a neighborhood that was predominantly black and middle class, a community that would foster a sense of pride and upward mobility.