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Giant sucking sound

What is that giant sucking sound? It is not the sounds of jobs leaving our country due to the one-way trade agreements — there are not enough decent jobs left to be sucked away in their aftermath. The sucking sound I’m referring to is caused by the vacuum of leadership in Lansing that is sucking the life out of Michigan. That particular lack of leadership is contributing to the petty partisan politics and t ...

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Female genital mutilation: A horror of dominance

When a girl in the United States and the western world, prepares for marriage, she plans her trousseau and shops for her wedding gown. I recently learned from Angela Peabody, author of “When the Games Froze,” that in parts of Africa, the preparation for marriage is far removed from trousseau and wedding gowns. For too many, the practice of female genital mutilation (FMG) is at the top of the list for marria ...

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The fight for the South

With the Republican takeover of the Virginia State Senate, Republicans now control the state legislatures in all 11 former confederate states. Now the reconstruction of the New South launched by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson is under assault. King’s movement and Johnson’s presidential power transformed the South after the Supreme Court ruled segregation unconstitutional in Brown v. Board ...

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The face of economic recovery

From its June 18-19 meeting, the Federal Reserve is hedging its bets. It says the U.S. economy is on the mend, but more slowly than expected. They’ve reduced their estimate for economic growth, and say it will take a year or more to get to where we were six years ago. The International Monetary Fund has offered a starker forecast. Expected growth for the United States is about three percent, a level conside ...

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As John Covington goes, so should the EAA

With the recent resignation of EAA Chancellor John Covington and the failure of the EAA to raise the educational level of Detroit students, I call for Gov. Rick Snyder to dismantle the Educational Achievement Authority. It’s hard for anyone to ignore the facts that have come from this educational experimentation. Looking objectively at these facts we are forced to conclude the EAA has not been beneficial fo ...

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The lies about ‘illegal immigration’

In a recent conversation, a colleague expressed great indignation about “illegal immigration” and how all those Latinos smuggling themselves into the United States “are taking jobs away from Black folks.” She thus joined many other people in this country who refuse to recognize one basic fact: There is absolutely no way that millions of people can be smuggled into this country. If that many people are enter ...

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Why Warren Evans should be the next county executive

Without a doubt, the two most important jobs in Wayne County are the mayor of Detroit and the Wayne County Executive. The recent election of Mike Duggan as Detroit mayor has radically changed the political dynamics of the region. After nearly a decade of the state’s largest city being bogged down in scandal and profound fiscal mismanagement, there appears to be a bit of light at the end of the Motor City tu ...

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Deals with the devil?

When the Koch Foundation gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, it set off a maelstrom of comments in cyberspace and real time. How dare the UNCF take money from the Koch brothers, some asked. They ought to send it back, said others. One woman told me she would never give to UNCF again because of the Koch donation. Another says the Koch donation changes her perception of UNCF. The donation will pro ...

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Gentrification, assaults on the poor and on women’s rights are hate crimes

Here in “ground zero” Detroit, we are aware discriminatory bullying (Republican classism) is victimizing the majority of U.S. citizens and people of color in particular. Moreover, a lot of us see that — short of civil war — the only way we can recover popular control of “the system” and restore some semblance of justice is to peacefully identify and eradicate the cause of our common distress. In Detroit, we ...

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Perceptions of equality

A recent interview of Morgan Freeman by CNN host Don Lemon lit a firestorm of conversation. Freeman argued that his personal success, and that of Lemon’s, made it clear that racism was not a factor in closing America’s growing problem of inequality. Freeman argued inequality was a crisis because a vibrant middle class was needed for the growth of the economy and stability of society, and the current chasm b ...

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