The vast disparity in arrest rates for African Americans and non-African Americans in WI communities

According to a new tool from USA Today, Wisconsin is home a number of communities with vast disparities between arrest rates for African Americans and non-African Americans.

Take a look.

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Glendale arrest rates

Wauwatosa arrest rates

Milwaukee arrest rates

Madison arrest rates

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This is well worth watching. Warning: actual, graphic violence.

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Stay classy, conservatives.

Found out if I said Redskins or Cracker or Redneck Bible Thumper, I could stay on. But if I said Nigger or Spick, they cut me off.

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 20, 2014

Here’s more on former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh’s racist rants.

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