Republican AGs object to U.S. Department of Education proposal on teaching about racism
WASHINGTON — More than two dozen Republican attorneys general are voicing their disapproval over the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the U.S. The state attorneys general argue in a May 19 letter to Education Secretary […]
Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.
WASHINGTON — From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term. Experts in critical race theory say it’s about acknowledging how racial disparities are embedded in U.S history and society, and the concept is being mischaracterized by […]
Women leaders speak up about harassment, misogyny in Michigan politics
It’s been a tumultuous year and a half in Lansing. Aside from the Michigan Capitol being the epicenter of armed protests, threats to officials over COVID-19 orders and the 2020 election, and even being part of an alleged right-wing plot to blow up the building, many leaders and staff have said the culture within the […]
Poor People’s Campaign pushes for ‘3rd Reconstruction’ in America
The Rev. William Barber and Democratic members of Congress unveiled a resolution Wednesday calling for a “Third Reconstruction” to tackle poverty and the effects of low wages across the country. “This is the real question — what is the cost of inequality,” Barber said at a Washington news conference. The resolution aims to achieve a variety […]
Column: Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories
Tatyana Ali, who starred as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1990 to 1996, entered Harvard the next year where she double majored in government and African-American studies. In 2016, Ali and her husband, an English professor at Stanford, welcomed their first child, but only after mother and baby were roughly treated […]
Hundreds in Detroit push back against anti-Asian hate
More than 300 people attended the Stop the Hate Against Asians rally on Sunday in downtown Detroit. The effort was sponsored by a new organization founded by Zora Bowens and Ceena Vang, women both in their 20s. After being stunned by the shooting deaths last week of eight people, including six women of Asian descent […]
‘It’s become toxic’: Houghton County wrestles with its past, Trump and coronavirus
There’s an unwritten, and unquestioned, rule in the Upper Peninsula, including in the far-western area where Houghton County lies between the shores of Lake Superior. Generally, folks stay out of each other’s business and leave each other alone. But if there is a problem, and one can help, it’s an expectation. It’s known as the […]
African Americans call for stronger ethnic intimidation law after suburban Detroit KKK display
After the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced on Tuesday that there is insufficient evidence to charge an unidentified Grosse Pointe Park man with ethnic intimidation or any other criminal complaint for hanging up a Ku Klux Klan flag in a window that faced the home of a Black neighbor, a local NAACP branch and a […]
Whites, Blacks push back against hate in Detroit suburb after KKK flag display
Hundreds of neighbors marched and rallied in Grosse Pointe Park on Sunday several days after an African-American resident spotted a Ku Klux Klan flag in her next door neighbor’s window. The Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods NAACP Branch and a community-based organization, We GP, organized a “Hate Has No Home Here” rally to support JeDonna […]
Many U.S. Capitol insurrectionists had a military background. Some Black veterans aren’t surprised.
As a young U.S. Air Force cadet during the late 1980s, Simone Lightfoot experienced bigotry and bias in the ranks. The barely 5-foot tall, thin as a rail and self-described “loud-mouthed” African-American woman from Detroit had a semester of college under her belt. As a result, she was granted a higher rank than others in […]
After threats and armed protests, BIPOC lawmakers still struggle to get GOP leaders to address racial justice
State Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) grew up during the 1980s and 1990s and remembers watching in astonishment the awarding-winning PBS documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement.” The African American lawmaker was raised in a Capital City community where whites and people of color interacted, for the most part, without incident. “What […]
Susan J. Demas: A Biden presidency offers a return to normalcy. But first, there must be justice.
Two weeks after barbarians stormed the People’s House with Confederate and Trump flags, Nazi slogans and guns, on the hunt for the vice president, speaker of the House and other officials in a violent attempt to overthrow the incoming government, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took their oaths of office. After watching […]