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Protect Section Five

One of the most confusing, recurring Internet stories is the admonishment to protect the expiring 1965 Voting Rights Act. The last time that happened was in 2006 when the VRA was extended by Congress to 2031. When the law was extended, most African Americans breathed a sigh of relief and put concern for the law on the shelf — at least for 25 years. ...

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Emergency management is a failed policy experiment

The city of Detroit is in a financial emergency. This announcement, given at a press conference Feb. 20 by State Treasurer Andy Dillion and the Financial Review Team appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in December, is not surprising. The emergency management trajectory began years ago. Suburbanites will say it began the year of the “riots” in 1967 when Black leadership began to take over. We agree but for differe ...

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State of the Union on point

I was among the 33.5 million people who sat riveted to their televisions, parsing every second of the State of the Union (SOTU) address. I was stunned to learn, through a Washington Post article by Lisa De Moraes, that viewership was less substantial for this address than last year’s 38 million and even lower than the 48 million that watched in 2010. Are people less interested in what our president has to s ...

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‘Django Unchained!’ Michigan in chains

One hundred and fifty years since the emancipation proclamation, African Americans still are trying to make the American Dream make sense. Freedom has opened up new opportunity, new responsibility and old pitfalls. It turns out that slavery and racism were not only personal preferences, they were powerful institutions. They determined the law, the language, the land use and the overall social, political and ...

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Rosa Parks Statue to be first of African American woman on Capitol Hill

Bravery, tenacity and maybe a little of her own stubbornness led Rosa Parks to refuse to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala. bus on a cold December day in 1955. Almost 60 years after Parks’ act became the leading edge of the Civil Rights movement, she will be honored with a statue of her likeness on Capitol Hill. ...

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