"But here's the thing: I am not sorry for being born and raised in Milwaukee. Milwaukee made me. For every person who tried to cut me down, there were countless more to build me up, from teachers, neighbors and a host of loving family members. I developed layers of thick skin there, cultivated an open mind, a loving heart, work ethic and above all, loyalty â€“Â even if to a fault."
She continues, later in the story:Â
"Maybe I should have a chip on my shoulder; maybe I should be angry, bitter even. But I'm not. I was born without hate, was taught not to hate, and will die without hate in my heart.
I truly believe, as idealistic as it may sound, that there is hope for a city in pain, and hope for a way forward.
Milwaukee is hurting and has been for some time.
The question is: What will the city and its resilient residents do to heal?"
That question, Sarah, is one we all are discussing,Â dissecting and developing relationships and solutions around.
Thank you for your insight, passion and hope.