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County committee now holding regular discussions about ‘white identity’



In the two weeks since an anti-Muslim message was discovered on the Bullet Cab office building in La Crosse, many local citizens have spoken out against acts of racism.

For La Crosse’s Criminal Justice Management Council, talks about white privilege or white identity are now being included at every monthly meeting of the council.

The committee chair, La Crosse district attorney Tim Gruenke, said if citizens decide not to do anything about racism in the area, it’s probably going to get worse.

Gruenke added that the local county jail statistics show the minority population there definitely is higher than in the community as a whole.

Gruenke believes that having a monthly discussion of race issues in La Crosse is better than just bringing in a speaker for a one-time talk about the problem.

Two weeks ago, a racial slur, including the N word, was spray painted on the Bullet Cab garage door.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Jeff Blakeley

    February 20, 2019 at 8:03 am

    …. and how do we know the ones with the spray cans are white? I haven’t heard anything about anyone being arrested in this crime. Maybe we should just stick to the facts and find out whether our community is as bigoted as it is made out to be by the media and politicians.

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