Craig Oliver took on an early role in uncovering institutional racism in downtown Racine WI. Oliver authored a report “Sun City, Sister City or Gaza on Lake Michigan. A Report on the State of Racine’s Downtown.” The report was highly regarded as an underground work, even by the Racine NAACP executive board. The report compared downtown Racine to Palestine and South Africa, stating that African Americans were not welcome in downtown Racine, especially after dark. Tonight the Racine City Council will vote on the settlement of Holmes vs City of Racine. Bringing the truth and facts to light.


Comments on the Report:

“It’s divisive. It doesn’t deal with what I consider the facts on hand. That’s the problem I have. The city is not involved in segregation or anything like that,” Wahlen said. “The city wants good businesses Downtown and doesn’t care who runs them. I think the city is color blind on all that.”

Calls for comment to Devin Sutherland, executive director of Downtown Racine Corp., were not returned Wednesday.

Emails uncovered in discovery Holmes vs City of Racine

Devin Sutherland’s (“Sutherland”) e-mail stating that non-white establishments on 6th Street had “not added any value to the neighborhood.”  (Id. at 6).

. E-mail from Helding stating that the City was “turning into a Detroit.”

. E-mail from RPD officer Rick Geller stating “Alderperson Coe was present both nights and while happy with our efforts, has placed a target on Ginger’s as a result of the last few weekends.”

E-mail from RPD officer David Smetana to Officer Wetzel stating “You may wish to check Park 6 and 2nd Time Around if Gingers is a bust.  Happy Hunting,

E-mail from RPD officer David Smetana to RPD Lieutenant Macemon regarding Park 6 stating “[w]e will go ahead with the plan as we spoke of this morning including the nuisance property complaint and going after his cabaret license . . . Plan on proactive foot beats down there for the foreseeable future.”

. E-mail from RPD Lieutenant Macemon regarding The Place on 6th stating “[w]e will see if we can take it to the next level and do some DC arrests or tickets when appropriate.”

Mayor Dickert’s statements thanking the Licensing Committee for “[w]orking very, very diligently on making sure 6th Street is a great place for people to live, shop, work and play.”

Deposition testimony from Penny Sharp that Mayor Dickert said “These niggers need to go back to Waukegan because they are disturbing the revenue here in Racine from the lake, from our vacationers at the lake.

Sutherland’s e-mail stating that “[t]he letter was to make sure the Mayor and others were aware of the current situation on Sixth Street and urge them to step up their assistance.

The Report

Excerpt from Tom Tousis Deposition Holmes vs City of Racine

Dickert about your West Racine project? 2 A    No, not before that. 3 Q    Did — did he -4 A    I really hadn’t talked to John for quite a bit 5     of time before he started soliciting us for 6     money. 7 Q    Well, on this particular occasion, the day that 8     you agreed to make a contribution, who brought 9     up the West Racine project? 10 A    John did.  John was reviewing my prints. 11 Q    He was what? 12 A    Reviewing the prints. 13 Q    How did he obtain the prints? 14 A    He asked to see them and when he was asking me 15     if we could do the project without pumps, with 16     no gas, just do grocery and restaurant. 17 Q    Okay. 18 A    Various questions like that. 19 Q    And at this point he had no authority 20     whatsoever over your project. 21 A    No. 22 Q    Do you know if he was sitting on any 23     committees? 24 A    He might have been on the same committee 25     that — he probably was.  It was only a few
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1     years after our first project, so… 2 Q    Okay.  Ultimately how much money did you agree 3     to give him? 4 A    Well, I originally wanted to max out, wrote the 5     check from my father and after talking to my 6     father, but John said he was very short and 7     needed to pay for radio and he wasn’t going to 8     win and he was out of money and depleted his 9     own so he asked if we could do twice the 10     amount. 11 Q    Okay. 12 A    Okay.  So — and it was rough, you know, the 13     real amount’s got to be around $1,900 so I just 14     rounded it to, you know, approximately 2,000 15     bucks. 16 Q    And did you give him — did you write checks 17     for him? 18 A    No.  He didn’t want it that way. 19 Q    What happened?  What did he say? 20 A    He said he didn’t have time, because this was 21     days before the election to turn around the 22     money to pay for advertising, so it was either 23     radio or print or both or that he needed to pay 24     for it immediately otherwise he was going to 25     lose.
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1 Q    All right.  So what did you end up doing? 2 A    Giving him — giving him cash. 3 Q    How did you give him the cash? 4 A    He — he provided a jar with a “John Dickert 5     for Mayor” sticker on the front of it and said 6     to take any contribution, pass to my customers, 7     like leave it on the counter and collect money. 8     That’s the story he was giving me. 9 Q    The day that — the day that he asked you to 10     make this contribution how long after that did 11     you receive the jar? 12 A    Oh, it was the same day.  It was hours 13     following. 14 Q    Who brought the jar to you? 15 A    John, I think, brought the jar to me. 16 Q    Okay. 17 A    He had somebody pick it up. 18 Q    So the day that you had this conversation, the 19     day he brought you the jar, did you put the jar 20     on the counter for customers to put money into? 21 A    No, it never got to the counter. 22 Q    Where did you take the money from? 23 A    We just took it out of the sales that day. 24 Q    How much money did you put in the jar? 25 A    It was just short of 2,000 bucks, you know,
Page 69 1     uneven number, so 1,900 something dollars and 2     singles and fives and ten and 20s and mixed up. 3 Q    How big was the jar? 4 A    It was a mason jar.  It wasn’t very big at all. 5     It was like a Ragu container.  It wasn’t very 6     big at all. 7 Q    You said it was covered with stickers on it? 8 A    It was one sticker across the front. 9 Q    What was on the -10 A    It was taped or it was something taped to the 11     front of it.  It was a “John Dickert for Mayor” 12     type of a small banner type of decal. 13 Q    Okay.  Did you ultimately put cash in the jar? 14 A    Correct. 15 Q    Then how did you transfer the money back to 16     Dickert? 17 A    He sent at the time one of his campaign workers 18     over to pick it up. 19 Q    Do you know who the campaign worker was? 20 A    Zach Williams. 21 Q    Had you met Zach Williams before? 22 A    Never.  That was the first time we ever met, 23     I’d say. 24 Q    Did you meet him in person for

Full Deposition

Homer Blow tells Racine to WAKE UP!

Posted: September 30, 2015 in The Film

Homer Blow program director of WNOV 860 Milwaukee WI. and his news show at http://www.blowradio.com Tells the citizen’s of Racine to WAKE UP!.

Click on emails to reference what Homer is speaking about.

Email Racine Alderman Joke

Alderman commenting on 6th st clientele

email on Niggas

email Park 6 targeting

 Now that the federal civil rights suit has progressed further, ( Holmes vs City of Racine)  evidence has been revealed that racial slurs were used, and a biased attitude toward minorities has been entrenched in the personalities of several public officials.  This cannot help but have  a damaging effect on public confidence in city government.  Revealing this evidence will certainly prove disruptive to the domestic tranquility, but it’s a necessary beginning to a long overdue process of ending racism and discrimination in our community.

This lawsuit, which began as a response to the systematic closure of minority taverns, is important, but it is merely emblematic of deeper, more pervasive civil rights issues that plague Racine

As people become more familiar with what racism really is, and how it works, they will be shocked and appalled by what has been taking place where they live.  Hopefully, they will be inspired to do something about it.  The bottom line is, if we do not begin to accept one another as fully human, and willingly share the opportunities that are created by civilized societies, we are going to end up destroying what has taken many generations to create.

Bar Lawsuit: Coloring it WHITE

Posted: September 23, 2015 in The Film

Here is a clip of the City of Racine approving a Bar license for a Minority Bar Tinta / Park 6 in 2007

Even before the business was given a license to operate multiple restrictions were placed on the business.

City of Racine Alderman closed Park 6  and took his license for: Over use of police service, disturbing neighbors, street fights.  After taking his license in 2011 the City of Racine also took Thomas Holmes ( Park 6 ) to civil court as a nuisance property.

The racial overtones of the PSLC’s selective enforcement process are made clear in the language used in revocation hearings and the side agreements. Because it is no longer officially acceptable to discriminate on the basis of race, efforts to excise racial populations must be made through coded language and race-blind attributions. Aaron Roussell, Ph.D.

Kenny’s Bar

At the same time Kenny’s Bar was approved for a License to operate a Bar.( 2007 )

No restrictions were place on Kenny’s Bar when it opened.

But having multiple incidents, including several shootings, as well as  fights and noise complaints. License continues to be renewed,  despite highest call load of any bar in Racine.

Kenny’s Bar remains in business.

JT. Kenny’s owner, Kenneth R. Meyer, was called before the committee after patrons of the bar — some of them underage — were charged in drunken driving incidents that killed two people and seriously injured others

Public Safety and Licensing Committee members had been expecting to hold a due process hearing later this week when they learned Tuesday that the city’s attorney in the case Kenneth E. Rusch, and Meyer, had reached a “side agreement.”


Aaron Roussell, Ph.D. states from his report:

Relying on the information I have received and reviewed, based on calls for service, taverns owned by Whites and catering to White clientele had 13% more violent calls than minority owned taverns whose licenses were revoked. It is clear that White taverns with serious violence issues were not subject to license revocation, while those in the downtown core that catered to young minorities were driven out of downtown through revocation and hamstrung by side agreements.

Moreover, and again based on the information I have received and reviewed, the White taverns minority owned taverns had five times the reported complaints as White taverns in terms of noise and crowd calls, but two-thirds of those were determined to be unfounded; conversely, in White taverns, the complaints were founded over 50% of the time. Interestingly, both the license-revoked minority owned taverns and all minority taverns considered together had five times as many unfounded calls as the White taverns.

The extreme discrepancy between founded and unfounded implies differences in perception. The assessment of the desirability for any given tavern’s clientele appears to be based on race. When pressed for how they could tell from which taverns the disturbing crowds had emerged, the City’s witnesses at Ginger’s due process hearing indicated race and youthful clothing as the primary means.

For example, one witness was asked how she could tell where the people that disturbed her at night came from:
A: Ginger’s has a different crowd, a different clientele…. …

Q: Describe for me how you know that they are different

. A: They are younger, they are black, they are Mexican, the way they dress, the way they talk…That is not the clientele from Evelyn’s, not the crowd from Ricky’s, it is not the crowd from Ivanhoe’s…

Q: One of the problems you have with this crowd is that it is predominantly Mexican or—

A: I don’t have a problem with the type of crowd, I have a problem with how loud they are, how obnoxious they are, the screaming, the yelling. If they didn’t do that and would leave the bar like normal people do…
Not only does the City’s witness clearly state that her complaint is based on race, but she also determines that “normal people”—that is, people who are not “black” and “Mexican”—do not comport themselves in such a manner.

1602 play Hamlet by William Shakespeare.It has been used as a figure of speech, in various phrasings, to indicate that a person’s overly frequent or vehement attempts to convince others of something have ironically helped to convince others that the opposite is true, by making the person look insincere and defensive

h. Deposition testimony from Penny Sharp that Mayor Dickert said “These niggers need to go back to Waukegan because they are disturbing the revenue here in Racine from the lake, from our vacationers at the lake.”  (Id. at 19-20).

Dickert told 620 WTMJ. Dickert explained that he has proof that slurs were not used.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1746, John Dickert declares as follows:
1. I am an adult resident of the City of Racine, Wisconsin.
2. I am the Mayor of City of Racine. I have been the Mayor of the City of Racine
since May 19, 2009.
3. I have reviewed the deposition transcript of Penny Sharp. From reviewing that
transcript, I am aware that Penny Sharp claims that sometime in January 2011 at a meeting of the
Democratic Party for the City of Racine held at the Union Hall located at 1840 Sycamore
Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin, I made a racially derogatory statement toward African-Americans
from Waukegan, Illinois (a statement which I am choosing not to repeat for purposes of this
4. I categorically deny ever making any such statement either at that time or any
other time. I do not use the word that Ms. Sharp ascribes to me and would never do so. It is
most definitely not in my vocabulary. I have many friends who are African-American and
personally worked on President Obama’s campaigns. I have worked hard as Mayor of Racine
Case 2:14-cv-00208-JPS Filed 02/23/15 Page 1 of 2 Document 121-2
on many initiatives in the City that were intended to improve the lives of minorities in this City
and improve race relations.
5. One example of such initiatives is the Pastoral Program that I created. The
pastoral program is a housing project/partnership with churches in the City of Racine designed to
rehabilitate homes and build new houses near the participating churches. We work with the
churches and local groups like First Choice pre-apprenticeship to train local residents on how to
do basic rehabilitation work. Once the house is rehabilitated or built, it is then sold to a local
first time home buyer, preferably a congregant from the participating churches.
6. Ms. Sharp has a long history of being outspoken against me and supporting my
opponents for the Office of Mayor in every mayoral election, including my current efforts to get
reelected to office. Her dislike for me apparently stems from an interaction I had with her
husband, Scott Sharp, who is a former president of the local union, over a labor contract with the
City. At that time, Mr. Sharp was seeking from me concessions for himself personally in the
contract negotiations. I rebuffed his efforts because I was not negotiating the contract for the
City (that is the role of the City Attorneys’ Office) and his proposal was entirely improper.
7. I find the accusation by Ms. Sharp despicable and reprehensible and believe her
testimony is politically motivated.
I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing statements are true and correct.
Executed this 23rd day of February 2015 in Racine, Wisconsin.
/s John Dickert
John Dickert

Who Targeted Thomas Holmes?

Posted: September 16, 2015 in The Film
Who instructed the Racine Police to Target Thomas Holmes?

The City of Racine, i.e City Hall, moved in an action, UNDER THE COLOR OF LAW to close down Park 6. In doing so, one of the chief Actors, Chief Kurt Whalen submitted a complaint, but would not swear to it. Chief Kurt Whalen knew the law, and didn’t want to commit perjury – the City Attorney approved the action anyway, and it the action commenced – despite having a fatal flaw. The gamble was that Thomas Holmes would not see that flaw, and allow the action to proceed. That action was challenged in a court of law, and overturned. NOW we have a situation, where, a number of City of Racine officials CONSPIRED to deprive Thomas Holmes of his property and rights.

 On March 08, 2011 

RACINE – A Downtown nightclub owner is expected to get his liquor license back after a judge granted a temporary injunction against the city Tuesday.Kenosha Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder granted the temporary injunction

The judge’s final decision on Holmes’ appeal is not expected for at least another two months until both attorneys file their arguments.


Bobot, Holmes Attorney said publicly, and in court documents, that he believes the city should not have held the hearing because Racine Police Chief Kurt Wahlen did not file a “sworn” complaint against Holmes to prompt the due process hearing. That wasn’t enough to stop the process, according to city officials.

Was there discussions between the Racine City Alderman and Mayor to instruct the Police Department to begin targeting Thomas Holmes and Park 6 patrons after the Kenosha WI. judge reinstated this liquor license? 

Why was the window incident never investigated?

Racine Police Department Emails March 9, 2011

Racine Police Targeting Park 60001

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“U.S. law enforcement officers and other officials like judges, prosecutors, and security guards have been given tremendous power by local, state, and federal government agencies—authority they must have to enforce the law and ensure justice in our country. These powers include the authority to detain and arrest suspects, to search and seize property, to bring criminal charges, to make rulings in court, and to use deadly force in certain situations.

Preventing abuse of this authority, however, is equally necessary to the health of our nation’s democracy. That’s why it’s a federal crime for anyone acting under “color of law” willfully to deprive or conspire to deprive a person of a right protected by the Constitution or U.S. law. “Color of law” simply means that the person is using authority given to him or her by a local, state, or federal government agency.”

City of Racine officials have acted UNDER THE COLOR OF LAW and applied two standards to liquor license holders, based on race – which is a crime. These Officials have unlawfully deprived people of their rights and property, destroyed businesses and livelihoods.

Letters, emails, news articles:  substantiate targeting of a BLACK MAN

On September 21, 2010 the Headlines reads on Racine Post   ( A Local Racine WI. News Blog )

“JT readies story on city’s case against Park 6”

Why did the Racine Journal Times Never Publish This Story?

From Racine Post September 21, 2010:

The Journal Times is ready to publish a story tomorrow investigating the city’s case in favor of revoking the liquor license the controversial night club Park 6.  NO STORY WAS EVER PUBLISHED

People interviewed for the story say the newspaper acquired emails from city officials talking about Park 6. The emails suggest the city had made up its mind early on about suspending the Sixth Street club’s license instead of revoking.

The story may also focus on email comments made by members of the City Council’s Public Safety and Licensing Committee, including some comments that may be embarrassing in public.

Here are two emails from the City of Racine server.

Alderman Kaplan States ” Where will all the naughty youngsters go next“.

Alderman Helding States: Thanks for the information. I was out observing the area late Saturday. I sure hope most of the women I saw DO NOT wear bikinis. We would probably run out of ticket books writing indecent exposure citations.

Alderman Kaplan email before due process on Park 6 clientele.
Alderman Helding Commenting on Park 6 Clientele

The crux of the article, expected to hit tomorrow, is the city’s case against Park 6’s liquor license. Park 6 owner Thomas Holmes, and his attorney, claim at least half of the city’s claims against the bar can be refuted. For example, two underage drinking tickets tied to the bar were tossed out of municipal court.

DUE PROCESS: Fair treatment through the normal judicial system, especially as a citizen’s entitlement.

Why were these underage drinking tickets tossed out of municipal court? Emails to Chief Wahlan from Charles Weitzel, cc Arthel  Howell, David Semtana discussing the underage drinking citations to Thomas Holmes and Park 6.

email referred to in City Attorney Letter0001
email referred to in City Attorney Letter0002

Below is a letter from Holmes’s Attorney Maistelman to Attorney Binger hired by the City of Racine to conduct the due process hearing on Park 6. Also addressed in the letter is City of Racine Attorney Weber.

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Letter to City Attorney0002
Letter to City Attorney0003

The city also claimed Park 6 was responsible for fights on Sixth Street early one morning, but Park 6 had closed two hours before the fights occurred. Look for the JT’s investigation to hit tomorrow’s paper.


But on September 07, 2010 The Racine Journal Times did write an article on the subject of the Park 6 due process and Alderman Maack explains why there was no due process hearing:

Council OKs Park 6 agreement

Alderman David Maack of the 5th District and who also serves on the committee, said some business owners were afraid to come forward to testify at a due process hearing last month because they feared retribution. That made it difficult for the city to build a case to revoke Holmes’ license. It could make it difficult to get people together to discuss long-term solutions, Maack said.

Maack said members of the committee felt there was hope they could resolve some of the issues on Sixth Street by working out the arrangement with Holmes.


But not only Racine City Hall, The Racine Journal Times and the Racine Police Department the Racine Downtown Corp. (DRC) was helping Whitewash The Black Man.

Emails downtown Racine Corp. Bid Board #1
Emails Downtown Racine Corp Bid Board #10002

Even the Neighbors helped the City.

.Emails from H&W to Ald. Jeff Coe

NOTE: There were other e-mails that showed “racial or ethnic bias, as well as other forms of bias,”  “Holmes vs City of Racine” but only these are included. There are 350 additional emails yet to be released. There was not  any suggestion that anyone involved in these e-mails were disciplined, nor were the e-mails reported or the people who sent them asked to stop. “

They Challenged Corruption and Racism

Posted: September 11, 2015 in The Film

When several minority businesses in the mid sized Midwestern town of Racine, WI realized City Hall was picking a fight with them individually, they banded together and became an unstoppable force.

View the film at http://www.patternorpractice.com

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Dickert told 620 WTMJ. Dickert explained that he has proof that slurs were not used.

Compare Ferguson MO. Justice Report to Racine WI. Holmes vs City of Racine Discovery of Evidence

From Ferguson Report: November 2008: An e-mail said President Obama would not be president for very long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.” 

From Racine Alderman: . E-mail from Wisneski containing the following joke:  “[a] black guy, an illegal alien, a Muslim and a communist walk into a bar.  The bartender asks ‘What can I get you Mr. President?’”  (Id. at 21).

From Ferguson Report: A December 2011 email included jokes playing on offensive Muslim stereotypes

From Racine Police Chief: Wahlen’s e-mail to Officer Robert Purdy in which he refers to him as “Mumbai Bob” and asks “[a]re you now wearing one of those towels on your head?”  (Id. at 21).

From Ferguson Report: October 2011: An email included a photo of a group of topless, dancing black women, seemingly in Africa, with the caption: “Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.”

From Racine Alderman: E-mail from Helding to Maack in which he stated “Being an official, I feel like I have to restrain on Facebook.  Here is my comment on the Gnome.  ‘They combine ghetto and trailer trash in a way that hasn’t been seen since Eminem.’”  (Id. at 21).

More Racine emails at:   http://patternorpractice.com/2015/09/01/new-emails-happy-hunting/

Racine Mayor John Dickert Said:

Mayor Dickert and other city officials who have been sued are now saying they never said those words. They say they never typed the words — and they say they can prove it.  “Let’s be clear — what they did as I understand it, they were going to do a search for certain words,” Mayor Dickert said. “To date, according to our attorneys, they have found nothing relevant to those words being utilized in any of the documentation,” Mayor Dickert said. http://fox6now.com/2015/02/24/racist-words-found-hundreds-of-times-on-city-of-racine-computers-so-how-were-they-used-and-by-whom/  Racine mayor calls lawsuit accusing him of targeting minority business owners ‘reprehensible’“The allegations I heard today were not only ugly and vicious but false and insulting,” Dickert told 620 WTMJ.Dickert explained that he has proof that slurs were not used  February 19, 2015 http://www.scrippsmedia.com/tmj4/news/Racine-Mayor-calls-racial-lawsuit-reprehensible-292740981.html

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said:

“This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the Ferguson Police Department or any other department,” Knowles told reporters a few hours after Attorney General Eric Holder slammed the city for a “highly toxic environment” of racism and misconduct. “We must do better not only as a city, but also as a state and country,” said Knowles, who took no questions.  Mayor James Knowles said later Wednesday that one police employee had been fired and two others were on administrative pending an investigation of the emails. NBC News

US Attorney General Eric Holder speaks on Fugerson MO.

Holder said the systemic problems in Ferguson went far beyond just the police department. A trove of work emails from not only police but also other city officials revealed “racist comments or gender discrimination, demonstrating grotesque views and images of African Americans in which they were seen as the ‘other,’ called ‘transient’ by public officials and characterized as lacking personal responsibility,” he said.

The Justice Department report further denounced the emails as unequivocally derogatory, dehumanizing and demonstrative of impermissible bias.” It found that none of the officers or court clerk employees who wrote them was ever disciplined. Senior Justice Department officials said some of them, in fact, were still employed by Ferguson. NBC News