racism

GOP lawmakers slam federal probe into threats against school board members

BY: - October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Thursday objected to a move by the Justice Department to investigate violent threats made against local school board members and teachers, arguing that the federal agency is “policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents.” “Violence and true threats of violence should have no place in our civic discourse, but […]

Conservative activist who ‘invented’ clash over ‘critical race theory’ leads Senate hearing

BY: - October 5, 2021

A conservative activist from Washington described as someone who “invented the conflict over critical race theory” was at Tuesday’s state Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee hearing supporting a bill banning Michigan schools from teaching a decades-old theory examining systemic racism. Christopher Rufo, who the New Yorker wrote “invented” the arguments over “critical race theory,” […]

Mich. tribal leaders praise Warren bill addressing Native boarding school trauma

BY: - October 2, 2021

Updated, 6:11 a.m., 10/2/21 A bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would create a special commission for the federal government to uncover, document and begin to heal intergenerational trauma for Native people caused by so-called Indian boarding schools across the country. As the Advance previously reported, Michigan’s not-so-distant past includes the legacy […]

House Education panel passes bill essentially banning ‘critical race theory’

BY: - September 28, 2021

Republicans on the House Education Committee advanced on Tuesday a bill that would prohibit schools from including “any form of race or gender stereotyping” in their curriculums.  House Bill 5097, introduced by state Rep. Andrew Beeler (R-Ft. Gratiot), follows a nationwide right-wing trend to ban “critical race theory” but does not mention CRT explicitly.  Beeler […]

Michigan school board members struggle with anger, threats over COVID-19 rules, culture war issues

BY: - September 10, 2021

School board members in Michigan — volunteers who are typically parents or former educators — are facing unprecedented pressure and scrutiny as a third school year dawns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike last year, Michigan does not have a statewide mask mandate, leaving the decision in the hands of county health departments and local school […]

On this day in 1952: ‘Scottsboro Boy’ Haywood Patterson dies in Michigan

BY: - August 24, 2021

Haywood Patterson, one of the “Scottsboro Boys” found guilty in a Jim Crow-era criminal trial, died 69 years ago on Aug. 24, 1952. He was 39.  The one-time Detroit resident had been stricken with cancer. Patterson’s life ended while serving a separate manslaughter conviction in Jackson, Mich., prison. Patterson was born in rural Georgia on […]

On this day in 1889: Pioneering Black lawmaker pushes back against racism

BY: - August 15, 2021

On Aug. 15, 1889, William Ferguson, an African-American man, entered a Detroit restaurant managed by Edward Gies, a white man. After being seated, Ferguson was told by a waiter: “I can’t wait on you here.” Ferguson, who in 1869 became the first Black child to attend the Detroit Public Schools and owned a printing company, […]

House Dems document U.S. history of discrimination in shaping John Lewis voting rights bill

BY: - August 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — A House panel released a new report on Friday that will help lawmakers craft  legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that aims to protect voting rights across the United States. The 124-page report, put forth by the House subcommittee on elections, outlines the U.S. history of discrimination in voting and […]

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 […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

Biden proclaims day of remembrance for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

BY: - June 1, 2021

President Joe Biden on Monday called upon Americans to commemorate the tremendous loss of life and security connected to the terrifying 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre “and commit together to eradicate systemic racism and help to rebuild communities and lives that have been destroyed by it.” The Tulsa proclamation came on the same day as Memorial […]

Biden urges Congress to act on policing reform after meeting with George Floyd family

BY: - May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A year after George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, his family returned Tuesday to Washington, D.C., where lawmakers have been attempting to craft a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s policing laws. Congress failed to act by the anniversary of Floyd’s death — the deadline that President Joe Biden had urged lawmakers […]