In Defense of Past Injustices

In today’s Feb. 15th Free Press, journalist Desiree Cooper writes about racism in America and specifically the downriver community of Wyandotte. Injustices committed as far back as 1870! The following is my reply which I e-mailed to her just after throwing up in my bathroom.

Personally I was not aware of “sundown towns” but it is not surprising that I probably would have at some point in my life. Geez Desiree, is there any good news contained in black history volumes? To point out Wyandotte’s past racism, going all the way back to 1870 is pathetic when put in today’s light of equal rights, especially in real estate.

Am I ignorant of the fact that racism still exists? Not at all but what you and others who write about how the white man continues to screw over the black man just helps to perpetuate racism, not try to eliminate it. Not that you aren’t a good journalist. Good journalist’s create controversy. But here’s a couple of suggestions. . .

Why don’t you shine your light on the City of Inkster who’s police dept. just lost a suit won by a Hispanic officer who was denied promotions because of his race, or in this case, lack of.

Hold your light on Long Beach, CA, where nine black youths were convicted last month of beating three white women in an attack on Halloween night. All were charged with felony assault and eight were found guilty of hate crimes. Where were the Sharpton’s and the Jackson’s shouting “No justice, no peace!”

My point is that racism exists on both sides of the fence. There are great organizations in the City like the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., the Roger Penske’s and the Dave Egner’s who go the extra mile to help create a town that gives us all an opportunity to succeed.

I live in the heart of downtown Detroit. I choose to live here because I love the D’. In my friends, black and white, I sometimes find an undercurrent of the “us vs. them” attitude. Articles like yours, as I said, contribute to that ridiculous assumption.


1 Comment so far

  1. Mollika* (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

    Every time black history month rolls around, the term white in opposition to black must be brought to the forefront of all media attention. It is sensationalism. How is any history from the early 1900s relevant today? The world has seen a lot of change since then, and so should journalism. What was the point of this article? We all know that things were not easy for anyone of any color in the early part of the century. We also know it is not easy for many still today. We also know that there is more than “black” and “white” in the world and being “white” does not equate to bad and “black” does not equate to martyrdom. With all this sensationalism, it is becoming easy to overlook the fact that racism does still exist. Drudging up the irrelevant past will not help progress today and will only lead to more hatred.

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