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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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