race http://michiganradio.org en To really understand Detroit's problems, you should read this book http://michiganradio.org/post/really-understand-detroits-problems-you-should-read-book <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I flew to Florida early last month, and while in the air re-read from cover to cover the one indispensable book that explains as nothing else what really happened to Detroit.</span></p><p>Eighteen years ago, University of Pennsylvania historian Thomas Sugrue published a volume mind-blowing in its brilliance of analysis and depth of research.</p><p>The title, “The Origins of the Urban Crisis,” is somewhat misleading.</p><p>This really is the book on how Detroit was destroyed - and destroyed itself - over the last 70 years.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:20:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17200 at http://michiganradio.org To really understand Detroit's problems, you should read this book New report breaks down inequality among Michigan children by race http://michiganradio.org/post/new-report-breaks-down-inequality-among-michigan-children-race <p>A newly released <a href="http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/R/RaceforResults/RaceforResults.pdf">report</a>&nbsp;is breaking new ground in the study of inequality among our children.</p><p>The report is from the Annie E. Casey Foundation for Kids Count. It's titled "Race for Results: building a path to opportunity for all children."</p><p>For the first time, it creates an index that looks at conditions for children by race.</p><p>Our next guest believes it contains troubling findings for Michigan children and the need for a major call to action.</p><p>Jane Zehnder-Merrell is project director of Kids Count in Michigan with the Michigan League for Public Policy, and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:14:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 17062 at http://michiganradio.org New report breaks down inequality among Michigan children by race The University of Michigan wants more black students http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-wants-more-black-students <p>The University of Michigan has a race problem.</p><p>“Open it up! Or we’ll shut it down!” chanted half a dozen black students at the Board of Regents meeting yesterday.</p><p>Their frustrations are getting national attention.&nbsp;</p><p>The Black Student union has led protests on campus and online.</p><p>Their #BBUM Twitter campaign (Being Black at U of M) has gone&nbsp;viral.&nbsp;</p><p>They’re fed up, they say, by a school that boasts about a diverse community, yet where just roughly 5% of some 28,000 undergraduate students are black.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:49:40 +0000 Kate Wells 16547 at http://michiganradio.org The University of Michigan wants more black students University of Michigan administrators boost efforts to improve racial climate on campus http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-administrators-boost-efforts-improve-racial-climate-campus <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-3bd6a19b-b116-fea9-387b-c214f5dfc454" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Administrators at the University of Michigan are “doubling down” on efforts to improve race relations at the university’s Ann Arbor campus. </span></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Minority enrollment is down at the university: In 2008, black students made up about 6.8% of the university’s freshman class. In 2012, that number dropped to 4.6%.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">A recent Twitter campaign caught the attention of administrators, as students took to the Web to express their frustrations with race relations on campus. The #BBUM campaign – Being Black at Michigan – went viral, with </span><a href="http://www.michigandaily.com/news/black-student-union-gains-national-attention-bbum-twitter-campaign" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">more than 10,000 tweets</span></a><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> using the hashtag in November. </span></p><p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">As MLive’s </span><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/01/university_of_michigan_officia_7.html" style="text-decoration:none;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">Kellie Woodhouse reported</span></a><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">, the university is now launching a campus-wide effort to increase enrollment of underrepresented students and improve the campus climate. </span></p><p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">One plan in the works is to renovate the Trotter Multicultural Center, a hub dedicated to providing a safe working environment for students on campus.</span></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:30:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16095 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan administrators boost efforts to improve racial climate on campus Does diversity make for better schools? http://michiganradio.org/post/does-diversity-make-better-schools <p>In short, the answer is 'we don't really know.'</p><p><a href="http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/february/reardon-achievement-gap-021312.html">Stanford University's Sean Reardon</a> studies achievement gaps -&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the difference between how one group of students performs compared to another group</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When comparing black, white, and Latino students,&nbsp;</span>Reardon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says you see the importance not so much of race, but of class.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Over the last 40 or so years, the black-white achievement gap and the Hispanic-white achievement gap have narrowed a lot,"&nbsp;</span>Reardon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said. "On the other hand, the gap between high and low income students&nbsp;</span><a href="http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/february/reardon-achievement-gap-021312.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">has increased quite dramatically</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">."</span></p><p>Reardon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said that particular gap has grown about 40% since the&nbsp;1980s.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But while economic diversity&nbsp;</span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/problem-growing-poor" style="line-height: 1.5;">might matter more in ensuring a quality education</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, that doesn't mean people want to give up on racial and ethnic diversity.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ray&nbsp;Litt, a community activist involved in Detroit's&nbsp;</span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/40-year-shadow-cast-detroits-failed-busing-plan" style="line-height: 1.5;">Milliken&nbsp;v. Bradley case</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, reflected, "The d</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">esegregation action was to provide a quality integrated venue in which students and staff are exposed to and can interact with kids of different races religions and economic status," he said. "We all need to be able to be comfortable, not tolerating, a society that is the melting pot."</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Racial diversity is not something you are likely to find in a majority of Detroit's schools, even after a hard fought desegregation plan.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Read more and listen to the whole story at <em><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a></em>.</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:49:34 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 15260 at http://michiganradio.org Does diversity make for better schools? What really happened the night Renisha McBride died? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-really-happened-night-renisha-mcbride-died <p></p><p>It's been a weary, awful November in metro Detroit so far.&nbsp;</p><p>A week ago Saturday, 19-year-old&nbsp;Renisha McBride was shot dead by a 54-year-old white homeowner in Dearborn Heights.</p><p>She was killed on his porch. Her family says she was looking for help after her car crashed, more than 2 hours earlier and about six blocks away in Detroit.</p><p>Police haven't released the homeowner's name yet. But his attorney says he thought McBride was an intruder, and that the gun went off accidentally. An autopsy confirms she was shot in the face.</p><p>So far, he hasn't been arrested. The Wayne County Prosecutor's office announced Monday that it had "begun the warrant review process," but was awaiting more evidence from Dearborn Heights police before deciding on charges.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:56:30 +0000 Kate Wells 15228 at http://michiganradio.org What really happened the night Renisha McBride died? Remembering the day an Ann Arbor teen blocked crowd from attacking alleged Klansman http://michiganradio.org/post/remembering-day-ann-arbor-teen-blocked-crowd-attacking-alleged-klansman <p><strong>Update 2:47 p.m.</strong></p><p>Many people asked where Keshia Thomas is today after this post.</p><p>The BBC reported that Keshia lives in Houston now. Ryan Stanton over at the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2013/10/former_ann_arborite_reflects_o.html#incart_m-rpt-2">Ann Arbor News</a> caught up with her. He reports that Thomas moved out of the area in 2002 and is working in a restaurant in Houston:</p><blockquote><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">She said she still has family in the Ann Arbor area and plans to move back to Michigan before long so she can be part of the revitalization of Detroit [Thomas was born in Detroit].</p><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Thomas said she's still trying to make a difference in the world and still trying to break down racial stereotypes through small acts of kindness.</p><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">She said disaster relief work has been a passion of hers over the years, whether that's meant going to Ground Zero after the twin towers fell or helping those in need following Hurricane Katrina and wildfires in California.</p><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">"This has just always been a passion of mine — even before the incident happened — to want to help people," she said. "And to help people see that there is hope."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 3:39 p.m.</strong></p><p>A BBC article that’s making the rounds today tells the story of one Ann Arbor protest that took an unexpected turn.</p><p>Back in 1996, the Ku Klux Klan planned a rally in Ann Arbor. Hundreds showed up to the group’s rally, attempting to show the group that they had no place in the Michigan city.</p><p>Police had kept the two groups under control — that is, until an anti-KKK protester pointed to a man in a Confederate flag T-shirt, claiming he was a Klansman.</p><p>Suddenly, the atmosphere in the crowd turned, as protesters chased the man down the streets of Ann Arbor, amidst shouts of “Kill the Nazi.”</p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:47:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15041 at http://michiganradio.org Remembering the day an Ann Arbor teen blocked crowd from attacking alleged Klansman Every single person is on this map of the US http://michiganradio.org/post/every-single-person-map-us <p>Dustin Cable is a demographer who <a href="http://www.coopercenter.org/demographics/Racial-Dot-Map">mapped race</a> in the U.S.</p><p>Every dot on the map is smaller than one pixel and represents one person.&nbsp;</p><p>Yes, there are 308, 745,538 dots on this map.&nbsp;</p><p>Cable used population data from the 2010 Census to create this comprehensive image. Here's the key to different colors he used to represent different races:</p><ul><li>Blue: White</li><li>Green: Black</li><li>Orange: Hispanic</li><li>Red: Asian</li><li>Brown: Other/Native American/multi-racial</li></ul><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you take a look at the whole country, you can see a lot of segregation. But there are also colors that blend together, like the purple area that covers Chicago.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:14:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14013 at http://michiganradio.org Every single person is on this map of the US The Zimmerman trial: A case of race and guns http://michiganradio.org/post/zimmerman-trial-case-race-and-guns <p></p><p>Eighteen years ago, I was teaching a large “survey of the media” class at Wayne State University when word came that there was a verdict in the O.J. Simpson case. I put television on.</p><p>This was a Wayne State University class with almost equal numbers of black and white students. When it was announced that OJ had been acquitted of the murders of his wife and her friend, the reaction seemed almost Pavlovian.</p><p>The white students were openly disgusted. The black ones, pleased. Times have changed. Today, we have a black President.&nbsp;</p><p>But my guess is that if I had been teaching a similar class when the Trayvon Martin verdict was announced, I would have seen something like a mirror image. Certainly the African-Americans would have been outraged; though I am not sure the white students would have been all that pleased with George Zimmerman’s acquittal.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:03:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13526 at http://michiganradio.org The Zimmerman trial: A case of race and guns Report: Michigan declined the most nationwide on Human Development Index http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michigan-declined-most-nationwide-human-development-index <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-498041db-624f-4a39-a6c5-f7776639c625"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When it comes to measuring economies, gross domestic product has been the big player for the <a href="http://www.bea.gov/scb/account_articles/general/0100od/maintext.htm">last century</a>.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">But a growing number of economists and political scientists argue that GDP is an incomplete assessment of development. The central complaint: GDP misses the human side of things. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-498041db-624f-4a39-a6c5-f7776639c625"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So researchers at the Social Science Research Council in Brooklyn looked at the Human Development Index, a metric developed in the 1990s, and applied it to the U.S. Looking at the health, education, and earnings of people across the country, the researchers were able to get a <a href="http://www.measureofamerica.org/measure_of_america2013-2014/">better understanding</a> of how Americans are doing. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-498041db-624f-4a39-a6c5-f7776639c625"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The result? The country is making progress in some areas and falling behind in others. No surprise. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-498041db-624f-4a39-a6c5-f7776639c625"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">But across the board, Michigan’s not doing well.</span></span></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:51:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13156 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michigan declined the most nationwide on Human Development Index 'It's so worth it.' The story of three girls, six buses and the hope for a better education http://michiganradio.org/post/its-so-worth-it-story-three-girls-six-buses-and-hope-better-education <p>School is almost out for summer! For some students, that means camp. For others, it means time to get a job. For the three high school sophomores you’re about to meet, it means a break - not just from school, but from riding the bus.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:03:30 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 13012 at http://michiganradio.org 'It's so worth it.' The story of three girls, six buses and the hope for a better education Why does Michigan have the highest black unemployment rate? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-does-michigan-have-highest-black-unemployment-rate <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">It’s no secret that Michigan’s been in a bit of an economic rough patch. For black Michiganders, the downturn has hit even harder.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">A</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">ccording to recent research by the Economic Policy Institute, nearly</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;"> <a href="http://www.epi.org/publication/ongoing-joblessness-michigan-unemployment/">one in five African-Americans</a> in Michigan are unemployed.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">That’s almost 2.5 times higher than the unemployment rate for white workers in the state.</span></p><p></p><p>T<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">he discrepancy between white and black unemployment earned Michigan a new title: highest African-American unemployment nationwide.</span></p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 18:50:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12640 at http://michiganradio.org Why does Michigan have the highest black unemployment rate? Listen again: State of Opportunity's latest documentary on race http://michiganradio.org/post/listen-again-state-opportunitys-latest-documentary-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gary </span>Orfield<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA says, "Michigan is an absolute national leader in segregated schools." Orfield means in reality and not by law, but how is this possible in 21st&nbsp;century America?</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State of Opportunity reporter Jennifer Guerra goes into Michigan high schools and neighborhoods---from <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/race-if-you-think-were-living-post-racial-world-think-again">Grand Haven to Detroit's west side</a>---to see how race and racism are playing out today in an era some are calling "post-racial."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:02:58 +0000 Kimberly Springer 12397 at http://michiganradio.org Listen again: State of Opportunity's latest documentary on race Storyteller La'Ron Williams talks about growing up in Flint and the 'Understanding Race Project' http://michiganradio.org/post/storyteller-laron-williams-talks-about-growing-flint-and-understanding-race-project <p>The University of Michigan's "Understanding Race Project" will examine race through storytelling tomorrow evening at the Michigan Theater.</p><p>La'Ron Williams&nbsp; is a member of the National Storytelling Network, the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, and the National Association of Black Storytellers.</p><p>He is set to perform his work <em>Elm Park, 1955</em>, in which he shares his interaction with race as a kid growing up in Flint, Michigan.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Lester Graham spoke with Williams about the power of storytelling, race, and the University's project.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:03:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 11628 at http://michiganradio.org Storyteller La'Ron Williams talks about growing up in Flint and the 'Understanding Race Project' Commentary: Race and caste http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-race-and-caste <p>On Election Night, I heard a commentator say that the voters settled one thing: There are no longer any racial barriers to success in America-- that a majority of the voters have now voted for a black president not once, but twice, seemed to settle that.</p><p>Well, that theory is certainly a comforting one.</p><p>But last night I spent some time with a brilliant law professor who argues compellingly that the truth is anything but. Michelle Alexander is the author of the national best-seller, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”</p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 13:37:11 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 10173 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Race and caste Learning to talk to children about race http://michiganradio.org/post/learning-talk-children-about-race <p>It&rsquo;s difficult for many people to talk about race.&nbsp; But, studies show, it&rsquo;s important to talk with kids about race in order to instill unbiased attitudes.&nbsp; Racial bias can show up as early as 3 years of age.&nbsp; As part of Michigan Radio&#39;s Seeking Change series, I spoke with Sarah Salguera, program director for Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance in Holland. She&rsquo;s trying to get more parents and caregivers to openly discuss race with kids by heading up the program, &quot;Talking to Kids About Race.&quot;</p><p>More information on the program and studies about how early on racial bias sets in can be found at Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance&#39;s <a href="http://www.ethnicdiversity.org/what-we-do/diversityeducation/talkingtokids">website</a> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:03:43 +0000 Christina Shockley 8653 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Black unemployment down in metro Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/report-black-unemployment-down-metro-detroit <p><a href="http://www.epi.org/publication/ib337-black-metropolitan-unemployment/">A new report</a> says African American unemployment fell last year in metro Detroit, even as it remains well above the unemployment rate for white workers in the same region.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.epi.org/">The Economic Policy Institute</a> says African Americans in the Detroit area had an 18.1 percent jobless rate in 2011, down from 25.4 percent the year before.</p><p>This 7.3 percent decline in Detroit, Warren and Livonia&#39;s&nbsp; collective unemployment rates was by far the largest decrease in African American unemployment by percentage in any of the 19 metropolitan areas the report studied.&nbsp;</p><p>However, the report found last year&#39;s lowered African American unemployment rate in metro Detroit still sat 2.2 percent above the respective national rate of 15.9 percent.</p><p>In fact, the region has the fourth highest African American unemployment rate nationally, trailing metropolitan Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Chicago.<br /><br />The report also says the gap between white and black unemployment was smaller in Detroit than the nation as a whole. It says African Americans were 1.8 times more likely than whites to be unemployed in the Detroit area, while they were 2.2 times more likely nationwide.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 19:23:08 +0000 The Associated Press 8194 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Black unemployment down in metro Detroit Commentary: Questions of Race http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-questions-race <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Throughout Detroit&rsquo;s financial crisis, the governor has had a consistent message: This is about money and financial mismanagement, not about race. This didn&lsquo;t have anything to do with&nbsp; the bitter racial issues that have plagued Detroit and complicated the city&rsquo;s relationship with the suburbs, and the state, and itself.</font></font></font></font></p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 14:50:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6936 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Questions of Race Commentary: Detroit and the State - Two Worlds http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-detroit-and-state-two-worlds <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Yesterday, I was driving across Michigan and listening to the coverage of Detroit&rsquo;s financial crisis, when I realized something.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Detroit must seem like an alien world to many who don&lsquo;t live in the city. And the reactions of many Detroiters, including some members of city council, must seem both baffling and irrational.</font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:05:09 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6888 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Detroit and the State - Two Worlds Trayvon Martin supporters rally in Ypsilanti (photos) http://michiganradio.org/post/trayvon-martin-supporters-rally-ypsilanti-photos <p>A crowd wearing hooded sweaters of all colors gathered in downtown Ypsilanti Monday afternoon, one month after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin of Florida.</p><p>The unarmed black teenager was wearing a hoodie when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. The man who shot Martin has not been arrested.</p><p>&nbsp;Jeff Clark lives in Ypsilanti, and helped organize the event.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:13:38 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 6801 at http://michiganradio.org Trayvon Martin supporters rally in Ypsilanti (photos)