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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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Whose city?

“We, the city.” That is the phrase used by the Jones Day attorney in court to identify his client. The Jones Day attorney is wrong. He represents Gov. Rick Snyder and his appointee, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. “We the city” better describes the hundreds of persons marching outside the courthouse in protest of the illegal proceedings inside. Appropriately, one of the chants city residents use while protesti ...

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Words do hurt

“I can cut somebody’s throat and leave them to bleed out in the gutter with the best of them,” so bragged Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr early in his reign. “For a long time the city was dumb, lazy, happy and rich,” he told the Wall Street Journal in August. “Can I kill someone in a hoodie?” asked Orr’s chief financial officer James Bonsall this month when invited to join city workers’ tradition of pat ...

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