Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin is an ambitious sort, like many venture capitalists. He wants to make the Bucks into “the most successful and respected sports entertainment company in the world,” and you can’t have that sort of goal for an NBA team in Wisconsin without some real gumption. And no matter what you think of that mission statement, the man has stones — the stones to stand before the Madison Rotary Club and say this about the Bucks’ hometown of Milwaukee:
“Very bluntly, Milwaukee is the most segregated, racist place I’ve ever experienced in my life. It just is a place that is antiquated. It is in desperate need of repair and has [been] for a long, long time.”
It’s no less monumental a task to build the Bucks into the premier sports team in the world than it is to use any sports team to fix the segregation and systematic racism of a whole city, but that’s the way Feigin and the Bucks’ new ownership group thinks. He’s not wrong, either — by census measures, Milwaukee is indeed the most segregated city in the country. On the below map, courtesy of NY Mag, you can see it all laid out.