Eruptions in The Heartland: MCGEE'S MILITIA

Who says the Midwest is dull? In two homegrown controversies, Cincinnati is seething over censorship and Milwaukee is bristling at a black revolutionary army MCGEE'S MILITIA

Mesmerized by the prospect of a business boom that could produce thousands of new white-collar and service jobs, Milwaukee's civic leaders never gave much thought to the possibility of civil unrest. So it came as a shock when alderman Michael McGee proclaimed earlier this month that he was forming a Black Panther militia that would resort to "actual fighting, bloodshed and urban guerrilla warfare" unless the city did more to improve the lot of impoverished African Americans. Inner-city blacks, warned McGee, were fed up with white officials spending money on shopping malls and skyscrapers while prosperity passed them by. "It's been...

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