Rep. Young: Spearheads effort to create a state Division of African American Affairs
Contact: Rep. Young, (608) 266-3786
The initiative will have a State, County and City Outreach
MADISON – State Representative Leon D. Young (D-Milwaukee) has introduced legislation to create a state Division of African American Affairs. The division, which would fall under the auspices of the Department of Administration, would have a myriad of responsibilities: identifying issues relevant to African Americans, recognizing cultural accomplishments, promoting public/private initiatives to assist African Americans, and working to make specific recommendations to the Legislature that advances the greater good for all African American residents.
According to Rep. Young:
“It’s no secret that Wisconsin has a very dubious reputation nationally when it comes to the overall treatment of people of color. In fact, our state has the highest rate of Black incarceration in the country. This is not only a disgrace, but has undermined the very fabric of Black life for countless families living here. It’s time to take action to arrest this chronic malaise. Hence this state legislation, coupled with initiatives on the city and county levels led respectively by Alderperson Willie Wade and County Supervisor Kahlif Rainey, highlights the gravity of this particular issue. The racial divide in this state can and must be seriously addressed – and the time is now.”