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Justice for Kendrick Johnson

One only has to take a look at Detroit to know Black life is devalued. Violent crime is a public health crisis. Multiple murders remain unsolved. It seems as if no institution truly responds to missing Black people. So much so that a network outside of any government help — the Black and Missing Foundation — has been set up to assist the families looking for their loved ones. ...

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The Kingpins

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson summed up what most Detroiters believe is the view of the city held by the region and the state when, in the current New Yorker, Patterson — described as the “kingpin thriving off Detroit’s decline” in an article headlined “Drop Dead, Detroit” — discusses the city. ...

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‘The relatedness of facts’

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we can reflect, as we have done many times at the Michigan Citizen, on his legacy and work to eliminate war, poverty, expand civil rights and ensure economic equality. Many will celebrate the holiday by gathering to consider the meaning of his life. Undoubtedly Gov. Rick Snyder, public officials, corporate leaders, among others will be clutc ...

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2014: New year

As we begin a new year, we hope for growth — economic, moral and political — and new opportunity in Detroit. We welcomed a new mayor, Mike Duggan, who began his tenure with not just a financial storm, but a weather emergency — a polar vortex, no less. A record snowfall and cold temperatures made for an icy, cold Detroit. City buses were more than two hours late on the mayor’s first day. The new mayor quickl ...

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Reclaim public education

“Affiliation with the politically-motivated, dysfunctionally-deployed and pedagogically-unsupportable EAA has tarnished our reputation. The development, operations and instructional practices of the EAA run counter to our college’s mission, values and teaching.” — Steve Camron, Eastern Michigan University associate professor of special education. ...

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Detroit’s fresh start

Judge Steven Rhodes, who approved Detroit’s emergency manager-led bankruptcy filing, says the city is poised for a fresh start. For those budget-minded folks, the bankruptcy presents an opportunity to get Detroit’s fiscal house in order. EM Kevyn Orr says, “We have to be fair and equitable in our treatment with all creditor classes, whether they’re financial creditors or whether they’re retirees and the lik ...

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$40 million dollar slaves

During the holidays, sports — particularly football — have a way of taking center stage. The traditional Lions game is on Thanksgiving Day. Currently, Michigan State football fans are excited about a trip to the Big Ten Championship. College basketball has begun. With sports in the air it makes sense to talk about the exploitation of Black athletes. ...

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What are the Detroit police about?

All around us and in daily news reports we are witnessing official disrespect for Black life. Street crime and Black-on-Black crime have earned headlines for years. It is the story corporate media loves to report; the kind of crime that builds fear of each other within the community and fear of the community in general by everyone else. Media creates the fear and disrespect that leads to a young girl gettin ...

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Justice delayed, justice denied

What can be so complicated about the shooting death of Renisha McBride? One shooter, one victim, one crime scene and nearly two weeks later no arrest, no statement of the facts, nothing but official silence. Race is the complication. White man in the “sanctity of his home” armed with a shotgun and a “justified” fear of a Black person. Black female dead. The police did arrest someone, but then let that perso ...

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Detroit chooses

The photo above is of the landmark Dr. Kenneth and Mamie Clark study asking Black children to choose between a white and Black doll — as a measurement of self-love and the impact of racism on children. More often than not, the Black child chose the white doll. The study made us consider this election. Was the choice of Michael Duggan nothing more than the choice of whiteness over Blackness? Or does it signa ...

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