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Detroit City Council approves reparations measure, but challenges lie ahead

BY: - July 22, 2021

Black Detroiters moved a step closer to receiving long-awaited reparations for systemic racial discrimination, but the historic measure still faces legal and funding uncertainties. The Detroit City Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday that would give residents the opportunity to vote on whether the city should “establish a Reparations Committee to make recommendations for housing […]

Frederick Douglass: What to the slave is the Fourth of July?

BY: - July 4, 2021

Editor’s note: In February 2017, while marking African American History Month, former President Donald Trump praised Frederick Douglass as “an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more.” Below are some excerpts from a speech on the meaning of the Fourth of July delivered by Douglass in Rochester, […]

On this day in 1831: Blackburn slaves escape for freedom

BY: - July 3, 2021

On July 3, 1831, Thornton and Lucie Blackburn, Black slaves, bolted from Louisville, Ky., headed for freedom. The couple would arrive nearly 360 miles North in Detroit several weeks later. During their stay in the Motor City, the Blackburns became immersed in the free state of Michigan. That is, until Kentucky authorities trekked North and […]

2 Michigan Republicans vote against scuttling Confederate statues

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who wrote the despised Dred Scott decision — as well as evict statues and busts of men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government. The legislation passed on a vote of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Michigan Democratic Black Caucus starts Detroit petition drive for reparations

BY: - June 2, 2021

The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Black Caucus has launched a petition drive for reparations for African Americans — an issue debated for more than a century in America — to become a reality. The caucus has started a Detroit initiative called “Yes on Fairness” to get the word out and has placed more than 500 […]

Biden backs reparations study, as House Dems push for commission

BY: - February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration by […]

Confederate statues would be removed from national parks under spending bill

BY: - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum is pushing the federal government to get rid of Confederate statues and memorials in national parks — and she’s gaining some traction this year as opposition to the public display of Confederate symbols grows. The Minnesota Democrat, who leads the House subcommittee that oversees spending for the Interior Department, […]

Key senators predict victory over Trump in renaming military facilities honoring Confederates

BY: and - July 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Key U.S. senators are preparing for battle with the White House over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates — and they’re expecting to win. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who backs the effort, said he believes the GOP-controlled Senate would override a possible presidential veto of a defense policy bill that […]

Whitmer, Legislature mark Juneteenth, tensions flare in Senate

BY: - June 19, 2020

On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation declaring Friday as Juneteenth Celebration Day in Michigan to commemorate the day in 1865 when slavery was abolished in the United States. Whitmer noted the recent deaths of several African Americans that have sparked anti-police brutality protests in more than 2,000 cities across the country. “Juneteenth is […]

DeVos becomes latest Republican to compare abortion rights to slavery

BY: - January 24, 2020

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos compared the pro-choice stance to slavery while she spoke to a crowd at a Colorado Christian University event in Washington, D.C., Wednesday night. “[Former President Abraham Lincoln] too contended with the ‘pro-choice’ arguments of his day. They suggested that a state’s choice to be slave or to be free had […]