Category Archives: Michigan

We should have stopped Betsy DeVos when we had the chance

On behalf of the people of Michigan, I apologize… Not only were we one of three states credited with making Donald Trump, the least qualified presidential candidate in American history, our President-elect, but, as it turns out, we might also be responsible for ending public education as we know it. You see, we, the people […]

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Can an app help “Stop Trump” and create a culture of active resistance?

I’d like to preface this post by saying that I wouldn’t be at all surprised if someone else already had this same idea that I’m about to share with you here. As it’s so simple, I’d actually be surprised if someone hadn’t. But, as I haven’t seen anything like it before, I thought that I’d […]

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The ACLU of Michigan calls for apology and restorative practices in the wake of racial taunts by Royal Oak Middle school students

A few days ago, as you may recall, I interviewed Alicia Ramon, the mother of a student at Royal Oak Middle School, about a series of racist incidents that had been directed at her daughter, Josie, and her fellow students of color. During that interview, as you may also recall, Ramon mentioned that she and […]

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The mother of the Royal Oak 7th grader who shot the “Built the Wall” video talks about the climate of racial intimidation within the school

Last Wednesday, the day after Donald Trump was elected our 45th president, Alicia Ramon’s 7th grade daughter Josie texted her from the cafeteria of Royal Oak Middle School, where several white students had begun pounding on their tables and chanting “Build the wall,” while staring at their hispanic classmates. In her text, Ramon’s daughter, who […]

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Before you thank Trump for finally telling the violent racists emboldened by his victory to “Stop it,” you should know that he also announced his chief White House strategist would be Steve Bannon, the man who brought white nationalism into the mainstream with the alt-right

Since the election, as I’m sure you know, a number of non-white Americans have come forward to report instances of racial intimidation. Last night, Mark Fancher of the Michigan ACLU, who was one of my guests on the Saturday Six Pack, told us that, over the preceding 48 hours, his office had received an “avalanche” […]

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