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Carpenter wants to a see new Detroit

Rodney Prater, president of Prater Commercial Carpentry, started in the business 20 years ago. Now, the 39-year-old father of four heads his own company located inside the Ford Building on Griswold in downtown Detroit. “Business is oftentimes about winning and I love winning,” Prater told the Michigan Citizen. “Winning is a strategy (of) knowing who your opponent is and knowing how to maneuver to get the wi ...

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The sideline

MEDITATIONS By Frankie Darcell Stop standing on the sideline watching people screw up your life. Kick them to the curb and screw it up yourself — at least you’ll feel better, and may even improve your own quality of life.   ...

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Black unemployment has not improved

When this month’s unemployment numbers were released, commentators reacted joyfully. Alan Krueger, who heads the White House Council of Economic Advisors, described the creation of 247,000 jobs as a victory because the predictions were that the economy would only generate 170,000 jobs. Unemployment rates went down to 7.7 percent, while predictions were that they would drop to 7.8 percent. Some might call th ...

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Brandeis U study says policies and practices — not personal behavior — drive disparities

As long as most of us can remember, Black communities have taught and believed that a college education is the key to social and economic advancement. But according to a new research and policy brief by Brandeis University scholars, that long-held belief is only one of several factors affecting Black America’s ability to build wealth. ...

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Court misses white racial entitlement

In oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act, Justice Antonin Scalia slandered the act as a “racial entitlement,” arguing, “whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.” So, the right-wing justice intimated, the conservative “Gang of Five” on the Supreme Court had every right to step in and overrule the ...

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A historian’s statement on Kwame Kilpatrick’s conviction

While Detroit’s “white”-controlled news media is all but dancing in the streets over the conviction of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, proclaiming that “justice has been served,” most “Black” Detroiters recognize this for what it is: Part of a nationwide Justice Department campaign, which has continued under Republican and Democratic administrations, including President Barack Obama’s, to decapitater majorit ...

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Detroiters need to take back what was taken

I agree that Detroiters and other disenfranchised people around the state and the world must fight to restore everything that has been taken from us: - Basic democratic rights for local governance of the city and school system. - The reversal of the so-called “Right to Work” legislation and the implementation of the right of workers to bargain and control labor policy. - Restoration to the people of everyth ...

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Generational incarceration

“One picture,” Fred R. Bernard once aptly remarked, “is worth a thousand words.” But, we need only a few words to describe an unsettling truth vividly depicted in the drawing shown below. On first glance this picture evokes visual images of cruelty, dehumanization, exploitation, racism, injustice, corruption, disenfranchisement, arbitrary punishment and a host of other instruments of oppression people use t ...

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Black Chamber of Commerce picks new chairperson

National Black Chamber of Commerce President Harry Alford announced March 4 that Black newspaper publisher and businesswoman Dorothy R. Leavell has been installed as the new chairperson of the nation’s leading minority business organization. She will preside over the group’s 18-member board of directors and help the trade organization expand its mission of strengthening minority-owned businesses, job creati ...

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