How Michigan 2018 candidates experienced Islamophobia through social media

BY: - November 13, 2019

Michigan made history during the 2018 midterms with a record number of Muslim Americans running for local, statewide and federal offices. But a new report shows that these candidates faced a hostile political climate online fueled by President Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.  The report, titled “#Islamophobia, Stoking Fear and Prejudice in the 2018 Midterms,” reveals how […]

Lawrence torches Trump for ‘lynching’ remark

BY: - October 22, 2019

President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning again took to Twitter to blast the impeachment inquiry against him — and this time he deployed a term synonymous with racial hate crimes. Trump tweeted, “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1186611272231636992 The president was criticized by many, […]

Whitmer proclaims Monday Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Michigan

BY: - October 14, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a proclamation declaring Monday Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Michigan. “… We should honor the historic, cultural, and contemporary significance of Indigenous peoples and their ancestral lands that also became known as the Americas and celebrate their contributions to communities throughout Michigan, the United States, and all over the world,” Whitmer’s […]


Column: Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

BY: - October 14, 2019

Increasingly, Columbus Day is giving people pause. More and more towns and cities across the country are electing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day as an alternative to – or in addition to – the day intended to honor Columbus’ voyages. Critics of the change see it as just another example of political correctness run amok […]

Michigan sees efforts to establish Indigenous Peoples’ Day

BY: - October 11, 2019

State Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) on Thursday introduced bills that would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Michigan, echoing similar measures that have been already been adopted by multiple Michigan cities.  If passed, Senate Bill 568 would make Michigan the ninth* state to opt for a holiday that pays tribute to indigenous […]


Julie Cassidy: New HUD rule would make it easier to discriminate in housing 

BY: - September 20, 2019

At a recent staff training on racial equity here at the Michigan League for Public Policy, we considered a question: If you threw a Frisbee and accidentally hit someone in the head, would your lack of ill intent absolve you of responsibility? Or would you recognize the impact of your action, though inadvertent, and apologize?  […]

New York Times’ ‘1619 Project’ on the history of slavery comes to Detroit

BY: - September 5, 2019

A New York Times reporter who spearheaded a popular magazine project that remembers the 400-year anniversary of American slavery on Wednesday responded to a conservative critic who called the effort “embarrassing” and “factually false.” In response to former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Aug. 18 comments on Fox News, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones told a Detroit […]


Amy Greene: These women’s accomplishments tell another story of America

BY: - September 3, 2019

Two American Democratic representatives have been forbidden to enter Israel: “What are Trump and Netanyahu afraid of?” questioned the New York Times in an op-ed stating that such a decision “shows weakness and intolerance, not strength”. The two Democratic representatives are Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib. Together with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York’s […]

Dems decry Trump’s rhetoric at ‘Take on Hate’ rally

BY: - August 30, 2019

Several Michigan Democrats and more than 40 organizations rallied in Dearborn Thursday night to combat the rise of “hateful rhetoric.” The small event of about 100 people gathered at the University of Michigan-Dearborn titled, “Take on Hate,” was spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), and included her colleagues U.S. Reps. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) […]


Column: We need to focus on kids’ strengths in school and beyond

BY: - August 30, 2019

Seeing all those back-to-school posts on Facebook is making me more than a little misty this year.  As a mom, I know my days of having a “little kid” are dwindling. And as a former teacher, I feel a rush of emotions. Guilt about not being there for my students. Sadness about missing out on […]

Marysville council hopeful withdraws after racist remark

BY: - August 26, 2019

Jean Cramer, the embattled candidate for Marysville City Council whose racist comments attracted national media attention over the last several days, formally withdrew from the local race on Monday.  Marysville Mayor Dan Damman told the Detroit Free Press that Cramer had submitted a letter pulling out of the race after saying at a public forum […]


Rick Haglund: What’s behind Patterson’s economic legacy in Oakland County

BY: - August 19, 2019

Within hours of his death on Aug. 3, journalists served up two stark portraits of controversial Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Some condemned Patterson for his long history of racially charged comments about Detroit and its majority-black population. Others praised him for his deft leadership of wealthy Oakland County. If you haven’t already done […]