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Putting the ‘Black’ in Black Friday

The Christmas season provides an excellent opportunity for Africans in America to engage in a season of resistance. The corporate retail establishment in this country is heavily dependent upon this season for consumers to participate in a frenzy of buying to buttress their bottom line. The unofficial kick-off of the “shop until you drop” season is the Friday after Thanksgiving, which is called Black Friday. ...

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International law says Michigan has no right to take away rights

Across the country, many minds have been boggled by the fact Michigan has an Emergency Manager law that allows the Governor to place all authority normally possessed by a mayor and city council in the hands of a single, unelected and essentially unaccountable individual. This breathtaking piece of legislation — which has been invoked most often in cities with substantial Black populations — strips citizens ...

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Who will defend Black women?

All Renisha McBride wanted to do was to go home. She had been in a car accident, her cell phone was dead and she needed help. She knocked on a couple of doors in a suburban Detroit neighborhood where she was stranded, but it was well after midnight and people weren’t opening their doors. Finally, she found a homeowner who opened his door but instead of offering the help she so desperately needed, he shot he ...

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Stifling activism, bureaucratically

I am writing and raging. Raging because I am tired, oh so tired, of my activism being repressed or limited by bureaucratic minutia and ridiculous protocol. I am even more upset at the ways bureaucracy stifles my students who, because they are informed and outraged, want to act and are told they can’t, or can only under certain conditions…blah, blah, blah. ...

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Five things Detroit’s new mayor must do to restore confidence

For the past few months, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has run the city of Detroit and Mayor Dave Bing has been nothing more than a figurehead; and yet, a new mayor was elected on Nov. 5. Amid a low voter turnout of around 20 percent, the election of Mike Duggan as Detroit’s new mayor was historic and significant. It was historic because he will be the first white mayor of Detroit in 40 years. It was signific ...

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Republicans railroad citizens and the democratic process while highjacking the Court of Claims

Whether the reason was for allegations finally being heard of a pending legal case regarding the way in which the Legislature violated the Open Meetings Act by locking people out of the Capitol during the 2012 lame duck session, or trying to protect Governor Snyder’s NERD Fund from any challenges, the Republicans railroaded through — at lightning speed — Senate Bill 652, which completely removes the Court o ...

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The NAACP needs a woman leader

The NAACP needs a woman leader. I’m not the one. I love the NAACP. I’ve been a member since I was 10 years old. I sizzle at the history and at the historic leaders (W.E.B. DuBois, Walter White, James Weldon Johnson, Medgar Evers, Ida B. Wells and so many others). With its 30-year campaign to stop lynching, to its more contemporary work in voting registration, the NAACP has always been involved in the strugg ...

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