race relations http://michiganradio.org en Students to hold all-night event to discuss race on UM campus http://michiganradio.org/post/students-hold-all-night-event-discuss-race-um-campus <p>University of Michigan students are holding an all-night event later this month to discuss race on campus.</p><p>The event, billed as a "Speak Out," is being organized by the United Coalition for Racial Justice, a student organization consisting of students and faculty members.</p><p>The event will build on momentum gained by the university's Black Student Union to make the campus more inclusive and diverse.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:43:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16383 at http://michiganradio.org Students to hold all-night event to discuss race on UM campus 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? 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 Group plans Detroit protest against George Zimmerman jury verdict http://michiganradio.org/post/group-plans-detroit-protest-against-george-zimmerman-jury-verdict <p>DETROIT (AP) - Several groups say they're holding a rally at a downtown Detroit park to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida.<br><br>The Coalition Against Police Brutality says it and other groups are holding the rally at 6 p.m. Sunday at Grand Circus Park, which is near Comerica Park and Ford Field.<br><br>The group says the action is a protest against the "egregious jury verdict in favor of George Zimmerman."<br> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 16:35:26 +0000 The Associated Press 13522 at http://michiganradio.org Group plans Detroit protest against George Zimmerman jury verdict 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 National Action Network to rally over 'no-black-nurses' lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/national-action-network-rally-over-no-black-nurses-lawsuit <p><strong>Update 4:43 p.m.</strong></p><p>The CEO of the Hurley Medical Center in Flint denied accusations that it kept black nurses from caring for an infant after a father made a request to do so.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/02/hurley_medical_center_ceo_civi.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter">Flint Journal</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Hurley CEO Melany Gavulic said the father was informed that his request could not be granted...</p><p>Gavulic said the request was not granted and that all nurses remained available to care for his baby.</p><p>“We (Hurley) value the support of the patients who entrust us with their care and the dedication of our physicians and staff,” she said. “This includes nurse Battle and her quarter century of professionalism and dedication.”</p><p>Gavulic declined to comment or answer questions regarding the lawsuit.</p></blockquote><p><strong>11:24 a.m.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/02/al_sharptons_national_action_n.html">The Flint Journal's Ron Fonger</a> reports that Al Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN) will hold a rally today outside the emergency room of the Hurley Medical Center in Flint.</p><blockquote><p>The &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em;">Rev. Charles E. Williams II, president of the Michigan chapter of NAN, said the Hurley story is being watched across the nation.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">"There is growing concern around the country about how this could be in 2013," Williams said today. "There will be growing pressure as Hurley continues to be quiet."</span></p></blockquote><p>The group is protesting the treatment of an African-American nurse who claims she was barred from treating an infant after the father made a request that no black nurses be allowed to treat his child.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/02/nurse_sues_hurley_after_she_sa.html">Flint Journal reports </a>the incident occurred last fall. The suit claims the father went to the nurse's supervisor with the request.</p><blockquote><p>The father, who is not named in the suit, told the supervisor that he did not want an African American nurse taking care of his baby, the suit alleges. The father allegedly rolled up his sleeve and showed a tattoo that was believed to be a swastika while talking with the supervisor, the suit says.<br><br>According to the lawsuit, the supervisor then reassigned the infant to a different nurse.<br><br>On Nov. 1, 2012, a decision was made to grant the father's request that no African American nurses care for his child, the suit alleges.</p></blockquote><p>In a statement, Hurley Medical Center says it "does not comment on past or current litigation."</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130218/NEWS06/130218038/African-American-nurse-says-she-was-forbidden-to-touch-newborn-I-just-was-dumbfounded-?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|NEWS06">Robin Erb of the Detroit Free Press</a> spoke with legal scholars about the case.</p><p>Requesting care based on religious principles or sex appears to be requests hospitals try to accommodate, but others draw the line on requests based on race. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:43:46 +0000 Mark Brush 11294 at http://michiganradio.org National Action Network to rally over 'no-black-nurses' lawsuit Are we so different? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-we-so-different <p>As part of the theme semester Understanding Race, the University of Michigan has brought in a special exhibit to further examine what race means. "Race: Are We So Different" is currently on display at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. I met up with Dr. Yolanda Moses, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside&nbsp; - to take a walk through the exhibit.</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:48:20 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 11222 at http://michiganradio.org Are we so different? Stateside: Author Kevin Hofmann on growing up as a biracial child http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-author-kevin-hofmann-growing-biracial-child <p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>One very clear aspect of President Barack Obama's story is that he grew up biracial in America.</p><p>His mother was from Kansas. His father was Kenyan.</p><p><a href="http://www.kevinhofmann.com/">Author Kevin Hofmann</a> grew up in a similar environment. &nbsp;</p><p>He was born in 1967 to a white mother and a black father, just two and a half weeks after the Detroit riots.</p><p>He lived in foster care before being adopted by a white family, where he became the fourth of their three children.</p><p>Hofmann’s memoir is entitled "Growing Up Black in White."</p><p>On “Stateside” today he recalled his adoption experience.</p><p>“They had approached the adoption agency and said we want to adopt. They only qualified at that time for what was called ‘hard-to-place’ kids. Back in 1967 and in some places today, biracial children are considered hard-to-place. &nbsp;So that’s how I came to them. My dad was an associate pastor at a large Lutheran church in Dearborn. Much to our dismay, the church was very vocal about disapproving of having this biracial child in their congregation." Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:43:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10870 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Author Kevin Hofmann on growing up as a biracial child University of Michigan project to explore role of race in US http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-project-explore-role-race-us <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan is embarking on an effort to explore the role of race in U.S. society.<br><br>The Ann Arbor school's "Understanding Race Project" is an ongoing initiative during the January to April semester. It's dedicated to public and academic discussion about scientific, historical, cultural and individual perspectives on race as a social construct.<br><br>There are nearly two-dozen exhibits and nearly 90 events planned. They will look at race from both national and global perspectives.<br> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 18:58:00 +0000 The Associated Press & the 10503 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan project to explore role of race in US Undoing Racism: A two-day workshop in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/undoing-racism-two-day-workshop-ann-arbor <p>Race issues can be difficult to talk about. People often focus on differences, rather than what they have in common.</p><p>This weekend, The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, is holding a two-day workshop in Ann Arbor called, “Undoing Racism.” Friday is the last day to register for the workshop, at the Ann Arbor Community Center.</p><p>Rachael Ibrahim is a volunteer community organizer and one of the event trainers. She says the workshop is open to everyone.</p><p>“Students, parents, teachers, administration, it’s an important conversation for everybody because there is no one who can escape racism. It exists everywhere, whether we see it or feel it, it exists," she said. "So this conversation is important for everybody."</p><p>As an African American women, Ibrahim says she personally sees many inequities that need to be addressed. “Whether we’re talking about health care, whether we’re talking about the rate in which people are incarcerated… if we look at education… and we see some trends, then there is something important to look at when we can see the disparities among people of color,” she said.</p><p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:32:53 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 8801 at http://michiganradio.org Undoing Racism: A two-day workshop in Ann Arbor 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 Emergency Financial Managers http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-financial-managers <p>If you had any doubts about how difficult the situation is for local governments these days, consider this. Even before they tackle the budget, our lawmakers in Lansing have been working hard on new emergency financial manager legislation.</p><p>Yesterday, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a package of bills designed to make it easier to appoint emergency financial managers to run troubled cities and school districts.&nbsp; The legislation also gives those managers broad new powers. The Senate is expected to easily approve this as well.</p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 18:06:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1413 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency Financial Managers Sins of the Fathers http://michiganradio.org/post/sins-fathers <p>Something happened this week which will, unless something changes soon, have the effect of finishing the job of effectively destroying the Detroit public schools. And maybe, Michigan&rsquo;s future.</p><p>The state department of education has ordered Detroit to put in place a financial restructuring plan that would close half the district&rsquo;s schools within two years. That would result in an&nbsp; average high school class size of sixty-two students.</p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 18:13:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1378 at http://michiganradio.org Sins of the Fathers