African Americans

Report: Black women with children excluded from federal cash assistance program

BY: - August 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — A new research paper reviewed how each state implemented a federal program that has provided cash assistance to low income families over the last 25 years — and found that Black women with children repeatedly were excluded. On a call with reporters Wednesday, policy experts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlined how […]

On this day in 1999: Pioneering Black radio personality Van Douglas dies

BY: - July 30, 2021

Van Douglas, Detroit’s first Black radio star, died at age 84 on July 30, 1999. The native Virginian and Wayne State University graduate enjoyed a pioneering broadcast career that spanned for more than 50 years. Douglas, born Howard Douglas Morison on May 6, 1915, worked as an announcer on WMBC-AM 1400 beginning in 1937 on […]

State police data: More than 1/5 of traffic stops involve Black motorists

BY: - July 16, 2021

More than one in every five — 21.5% — of Michigan State Police (MSP) traffic stops in 2020 involved Black motorists — a percentage significantly higher than the African-American population in Michigan that stands at about 14%.   State Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), executive vice chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, was disturbed after reviewing […]

Relief payments to Black farmers on hold amid lawsuits backed by former Trump aides, conservative groups

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former Trump administration officials and conservative and libertarian nonprofits have launched lawsuits to block federal relief funds aimed at Black and minority farmers — a development that House Agriculture Committee Chair David Scott of Georgia calls “an evil system at work here.” Suits have been filed in Florida, Wisconsin and Texas that say […]

DOJ takes Georgia to court over its elections law

BY: - June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia to overturn a sweeping elections law passed in March, with a legal challenge that alleges the new statute violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The federal lawsuit is the latest in a series of challenges to Senate Bill […]

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Column: Biden’s Dearborn visit shows the need to tackle environmental injustices

BY: - June 24, 2021

Last month, President Joe Biden visited the Ford facility in Dearborn ahead of the release of the entirely pollution-free F-150 Lightning, which serves as an opportunity to take stock of what his presidency so far has meant for Michigan. The new administration has already taken bold leaps to get us back on track with climate […]

ACLU files discrimination suit against Michigan State Police 

BY: - June 23, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan said on Wednesday that it has filed a federal lawsuit against the Michigan State Police (MSP) on behalf of two African Americans who said that they were racially profiled during a wrongful traffic stop. The incident occurred in August 2019 in Oak Park near the Detroit border. […]

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Column: What, to the Republican, is the nineteenth of June?

BY: - June 19, 2021

The headline above pays homage to one of the most powerful and brilliant speeches in American history. Frederick Douglass, the 19th century’s most eloquent abolitionist, was asked to speak at an Independence Day celebration in Rochester, New York, on July 5, 1852, and he asked his White audience a most provocative question: “What, to the […]

State House members offer ‘Justice for All’ police reform package

BY: - June 9, 2021

State Reps. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods), Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), and Felicia Brabec (D-Pittsfield) on Tuesday unveiled a plan to fight police misconduct. “Each and every person who lost their life at the hands of the police was a human being who deserved to be respected and protected,” said Yancey who previously worked as an assistant […]

Bills you may have missed, from police reform to prohibiting ‘1619 Project’ in school curriculums

BY: - June 7, 2021

Police would be required to intervene if they see that excessive force is about to be used and schools would be prohibited from including the “1619 Project” in their curriculum under bills recently introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced in May on […]

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Column: White Americans can handle the truth about the nation’s history

BY: - June 4, 2021

When Europeans first came to the Americas in the middle of the last millennium, scholars estimate that there were roughly 60 million Indigenous people here. And while the actions and motivations of those who immigrated to this hemisphere obviously ran the gamut, there is simply no denying that the impact on the Native population was […]

Detroit BLM co-founder vows to continue fight for police reform, housing equity

BY: - June 4, 2021

Detroit Will Breathe (DWB) co-founder Nakia Wallace said this week that her anti-police brutality organization and city officials continue to have sharp differences when it comes to the treatment of those who were arrested during Black Lives Matter protest rallies in 2020 and labeled a crime-fighting initiative by the new police chief a “stop-and-frisk” plan.   […]