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Dr. King had a dream, and so do I. Unfortunately, neither one of us is doing very well realizing that dream!

Today marks the celebration and remembrance of the life and journey of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It took decades of struggle to set aside a day, and then another lengthy campaign to memorialize Dr. King in Washington, D.C., to honor someone this critical and authentically important. Given his great vision and what he did for the Civil Rights movement – and, inarguably for all of mankind – it’s unfortunate that the image of Dr. King is both iconic and a reminder how far we have left to go before we can say that the battle that he waged ultimately succeeded.…

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On MLK Day Michael D’Antuono’s art depicts how far we have yet to go on race relations in America


“The Talk” painting by Michael D’Antuono, reproduced with permission by the artist.

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day across the country, artist Michael D’Antuono released his latest painting called “The Talk”. Here’s what D’Antuono has to say about his piece:

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, activist artist Michael D’Antuono is releasing “The Talk,” his painting highlighting the inconsistent progress America has made concerning racial justice since Dr. King’s historic Selma to Montgomery marches.

The painting depicts a pair of concerned African American parents sitting across from their son, bathed by the blue light of the television news reporting no indictment of a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black child.

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BREAKING: Dave Agema posts Facebook post re: corrosive impacts of bigotry on our democracy with the comment “Educational!”

Today Dave Agema posted a piece to his Facebook page describing the corrosive impacts of bigotry, racism, and intolerance on our American democracy with the comment, "Educational!".

"This article is making me rethink my position on the inferiority of anyone who isn't white, male, straight, Christian, or American," wrote Agema. "Our republic is damaged when people denigrate any of our citizens." ...
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Republicans around the country call for Dave Agema’s removal – but not Gov. Rick Snyder or Lt. Gov. Brian Calley

Republicans in Michigan and around the country are lining up to reject the notorious bigot Dave Agema. Here in our state, multiple Republican elected officials have called for his removal from the Republican National Committee:

Oakland County Sens. Mike Kowall and Jim Marleau and Rep. Jim Tedder sent the 168-member Republican Party governing board a letter Tuesday pleading that it “end our party’s long nightmare” and remove Agema and his “hateful rhetoric” from the RNC.

Separately, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof issued a statement Tuesday calling for Agema to resign after a string of public and social media outbursts that critics have decried as racist and homophobic.

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The Republican Party’s “Dave Agema Problem”

In order for Dave Agema to be removed from his position as a member the Republican National Committee (RNC), he must be convicted of a felony. The RNC’s rules don’t have any other escape hatch to remove toxic cancers like Dave Agema. A dog can sometimes shake off fleas but Dave Agema, a profoundly racist, homophobic, xenophobic bigot is more like a tick. He engorges himself on the notoriety that he receives when he puts out some outrageous Neanderthal statement or post. And like a tick, he’s nearly impossible to remove.

Michigan Republican Party Chair Bobby Schostak has asked Agema to resign.…

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UPDATED: Dave Agema thinks white supremacist racism is “enlightening”, Michigan GOP takes over a week to respond


GOP Governor Rick Snyder with racist bigot Dave Agema

This post has been updated below and the title changed to reflect the update.

It wouldn’t be January in Michigan without a new outrage from our state’s most nauseating bigot Dave Agema. On New Years Eve, Agema took to his Facebook page to share a particularly odious article from a white supremacist named Michael Smith. The article is from the May 2014 issue of a white supremacist publication called American Renaissance, a website that is blocked on my work computer as “Hate Speech”. The key take home message from the article is this:

[B]lacks are different by almost any measure to all other people.…
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St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney gives case study in how to inflame racial tensions – UPDATED

Last night after the announcement that a grand jury had failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old in Ferguson, Missouri, I read a comment on Facebook that said, “White privilege is me being outraged and angered by the #FergusonDecision rather than utterly terrified.” It took some time for that to sink in but, once it did, it made me weep.

The simple truth is this: I have a young son but I have no reason to fear that he will be shot to death by a law enforcement official even though he presents no imminent threat.…

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GOP Todd Courser campaign worker: “Would you change your vote if you knew his opponent has ‘faggots & blacks working for her?'”

A year and a half ago, Michigan Republican Party Chair got the scare of his life when tea party hero and “Freedom Caucus” favorite Todd Courser nearly defeated him in a narrow 833 to 768 vote for the Chair position. At the time, Courser made it very clear that he was working toward a tea party takeover of the Michigan Republican Party:

[Courser] expressed supreme confidence that his side was poised to “take over” the party from the establishment, which he described as “not committed to conservative convictions vs. convenience.” In so doing he questioned the governor’s conservative pedigree, suggesting that when Mr.…
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Racist domestic terrorist and Rand Paul hero Cliven Bundy on “the Negro”

Rand Paul, the man who has dedicated himself to wooing African Americans back to the Republican Party, even in Detroit, defended Cliven Bundy, the self-proclaimed American “patriot”, deadbeat rancher, and domestic terrorist, by saying the federal government is to blame for his lawless squatting on federal land in Nevada because they are “violating the law”.

When people wonder why we are dubious about Paul’s actual feelings about African Americans, it’s because he supports people like Bundy who are unmitigated racists. Here’s Bundy on “the Nego”:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said.…
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UPDATED: Crain’s Detroit Business editor uses slave plantation imagery: “Maybe Detroit needs a permanent overseer”

Dude, are you for real?

Keith Crain, editor-in-chief of Crain’s Detroit Business, has an op-ed out this morning titled “Maybe we need a permanent overseer”. The “we” in this case is the city of Detroit.

This is not to cast aspersions on our current politicians. But we don’t know how long they will be in office and who will replace them. Certain members of the Detroit City Council have already proved to require oversight for their personal conduct. We don’t have any idea about financial conduct.

It is time to consider a permanent, independent executive who permanently oversees city finances and operations.

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