‘An assistant teacher, lunch lady, janitor and IT person’: Parents juggle, struggle amid COVID-19 crisis

BY: - September 28, 2020

Being a parent of young children can be a challenge under normal circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic has naturally made that much tougher for many families. Theresa Mitchell is a mother of two young Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students who are being educated online. Mitchell preferred for them to learn in-person, but there were […]

What’s in a name? Debate continues as Hispanic Heritage Month begins. 

BY: - September 15, 2020

Whatever you do, don’t call Elena Herrada Hispanic or Mexican American.  “I never liked the term ‘Mexican American’ because it marginalizes us. I refer to myself as a ‘Chicana,’” said Herrada, who earned a degree in Chicano-Boricua Studies from Wayne State University, is a former Detroit Board of Education member and now is a talk […]


Rick Haglund: Blacks have lost ground in Michigan — and it’s dragging down the economy

BY: - September 12, 2020

In his long career as a University of Michigan labor economist, Don Grimes never focused his research on race-based income inequality. “I’ve always believed in the power of markets,” Grimes told me.  “I figured the markets would sort this out.”  But a new study he, and U of M colleagues Gabriel Ehrlich and Michael McWilliams […]


Column: 5 ways higher education can be seen as hostile to women of color

BY: - August 21, 2020

Editor’s note: In 2019, Amy Bonomi, a women’s studies scholar at Michigan State University, co-edited “Women Leading Change: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper.” The book examines the perspectives of 23 female leaders on issues of leadership and the challenges of confronting structural racism, bias and discrimination at colleges and universities. Here are five […]

Survey: Michigan women of color harmed economically by COVID-19, 78% back stay-home order

BY: - August 6, 2020

Two-thirds of women of color in Michigan have either lost their jobs or faced reduced work hours because of COVID-19, according to a survey released this week by Mothering Justice, a Michigan-based nonprofit advocacy group, and the Washington, D.C.-based National Women’s Law Center. “COVID-19 has exposed just how broken the system is,” said Danielle Atkinson, […]

Survey: Blacks, Asian Americans face discrimination during COVID-19 crisis

BY: - July 13, 2020

American adults said it has become more common for people to express racist views toward Asians since the COVID-19 crisis began, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Blacks and Asian Americans also are more likely than whites and Latinos to say they have been subject to slurs or jokes because of their race […]

‘New Americans’ make up just 5% of Michigan Legislature

BY: - July 11, 2020

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Twp.) said he is proud to be part of the 5% of first- and second-generation immigrants, commonly known as “new Americans,” that make up the Michigan Legislature. However, Camilleri says that while representation of immigrant lawmakers has come a long way in the last few decades, there still is more […]

Michigan ranks 3rd worst in nation for Black educational attainment

BY: - June 2, 2020

Structural racism in Michigan and across the country can be traced back to racial inequities that have persisted for decades. One significant contributor to overall racial inequity is disparities in educational attainment, which is highlighted by a new report from the Lansing-based think tank the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP). According to the MLPP, […]

‘People of color want freedom … from infection, freedom from death’

BY: and - May 31, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed communities of color, laying bare the systemic racial disparities across the United States, experts told Congress this week. Early evidence suggests there are elevated rates of infection and death from COVID-19 in African-American populations and other communities of color. Nationwide, Black Americans are dying at nearly two […]


Ken Coleman: Reactions to reported Kilpatrick prison release highlight nation’s racial divide

BY: - May 26, 2020

As I watched my Twitter feed while news broke Friday suggesting former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s release from federal prison was imminent, it reminded me of the moment when the O.J. Simpson murder trial verdict was announced on Oct. 3, 1995 — almost 25 years ago.  When it came to the race of those reacting […]

Survey: COVID-19 small business loan program is ‘driver of racial inequality’

BY: - May 23, 2020

As he seeks to do business in a COVID-19 hotspot, Detroit restaurant owner Ron Bartell tries to stay upbeat, despite concerns about the long-term future of his popular eatery.  “We don’t run from any challenges; we run to them,” he said. That’s something the former cornerback who played for nine National Football League seasons knows […]

COVID-19 has made immigrants fear seeking care, while Asian Americans feel Trump made them ‘targets’

BY: - March 22, 2020

The phones have been ringing off the hook at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. The voices coming through are a chorus on repeat: I’ve been laid off. What do I do now? How do I feed my family? Am I eligible for unemployment? Will I be deported if I go to the doctor? What do […]