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'Color of skin council': Milwaukee alderman accuses colleagues of making decisions based on race

Posted at 5:26 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 18:26:53-04

Explosive claims from a Milwaukee alderman allege that his common council colleagues are making decisions not based on what’s best for the city, but based on race.

South side Alderman Terry Witkowski doubled down on the criticism of Milwaukee’s black alderman today.

“My intent here is not from a racist stand point," said Witkowski. "You have to think about the entire city and not just your district."

In a newsletter to constituents the 13th District Alderman wrote, “This term is more of an anti-mayor/color-of-our-skin council. Fairness and issues don’t seem to matter much.”

Witkowski couldn’t provide specific details of the votes he says were racially motivated, but recalls when black aldermen wouldn’t interview a white fire and police commissioner candidate.

“He was just closed out and that shouldn’t be,” said Witkowski.

Common Council member Ashanti Hamilton says there’s more to the story.

“They wanted someone who was more aware with the issues and race had very little to do with it,” said Hamilton.

When asked if Witkowski talked to the council members he’s accusing he said,

“No at this point I haven’t."

Members of his district, like Daniel Wichman, think he should.

“He should speak with other aldermen and stuff like that to see what’s really going on,” said Wichman.

Council President Hamilton says he doesn’t think comments will create conflict within the council because they are all professionals with one goal, to serve Milwaukee.