Members of the Wisconsin State Assembly's Black and Latino Caucus say their state is the worst place in the nation to raise a black child.
The lawmakers made the remarks Monday at the first State of Black and Brown Wisconsin address in the state Capitol. Democratic Sens. Lena Taylor and LaTonya Johnson, both from Milwaukee, began the address by declaring that Wisconsin is the worst place to raise black children due to economic and health disparities between blacks and whites.
Taylor said so many black people are incarcerated that the state's black population is declining. She noted that legislators can't find enough staffers of color. She suggested building job-training hubs around the state.
Both Taylor and Johnson complained about prisoner abuse at the state's youth prison outside Irma. Johnson said she's glad that Gov. Scott Walker has called for the prison to close in favor of regional facilities.