Milwaukee WI leads the nation’s cities in the percentage of African Americans it incarcerates. Although the city votes reliably Democratic in every election, voter turnout for the 2016 was far lower than expected.  This Is Hell’s Chuck Mertz interviews Malaika Jabali on life and politics in Black Milwaukee – as deindustrialization, joblessness and mass incarceration gutted the city’s black neighborhoods over generations, the Democratic establishment is finding little enthusiasm from the people trying their hardest to survive the party’s capitalist agenda.

Malaika Jabali wrote the article “The Color of Economic Anxiety” for Current Affairs.

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