Racial discrimination still an issue in Michigan 50 years later

This blog post covers who suffers the most from being discriminated against and answers question that surrounds the issue of discrimination.


Racial discrimination in the United States and especially here in Michigan is still one of the biggest issues that we have in our society with no end in site.

Especially in the black community where they have suffered the brunt of the discrimination.  According to the Washington post at the University of Michigan from 1999-2015 the enrollment there went down every year from 7.2 percent to 4.1 percent.

According to a 2013 pew research study it showed that 88 percent of African-Americans have been racially discriminated.  

According to the Non-Discrimination/Affirmative Action policy it says that “Wayne State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its operations, employment opportunities, educational programs and related activities.”

Wayne State University researcher and professor R. Khari Brown says that the Black community suffered the most from racial discrimination.  “Individual level discrimination is a problem because you can get pulled over by the police because you’re black or you can’t get a job because you’re black,”  Brown says.  “There has been a growing sense of poverty within Metro Detroit despite it improving within the past 50 years, people move out of the city into the suburbs to move out of the poor neighborhoods.” Brown also says that there is concentrated poverty within the African-American community here in Michigan.


Here below are people giving their thoughts on how racial discrimination is still an issue here in Michigan.






Leo Savala he is the Director of the Multicultural of Student Engagement here at Wayne State and he is concerned about people still being racially discriminated here in Michigan.  He was also a victim of racial discrimination himself.   Savala says that he’s been in environments where he’s been discriminated against.  “I was approached by three guys and they asked me what was I looking at and I said just walking around campus then they started to say negative things,”  Savala says.  “Unfortunately, I still think that racial discrimination still exists in Michigan today and it is a huge problem.”


Sam Pernick is a former Wayne State student, former president of the D-15 chapter here at Wayne and the current president of the Young Democrats for Michigan also says that racial discrimination in Michigan is a huge problem.  “It’s a big issue because for example we have people who are being treated terribly by the police,”  Pernick says.  “Talking to a friend of mine he was telling me how the police were very hostile to him in front of his family, trying to break his arm that is one way of racism being an issue.”

WSU’s Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for civil rights and professor at the Law School Peter J. Hammer says that the bankruptcy trial, water shutoffs, school system and the lack of public transportation are considered highly racial issues.


In this photo gallery this shows a six-foot barrier in Detroit that kept black children away from middle-class white citizens.  This is in Detroit on Birwood St. on the West side of the city off of Pembroke.

AP Photos by Paul Sancya and United States liberty of Congress.



Book Review: Hate Crimes in Cyberspace



One of the main points that Author Danielle Keats Citron mentions in her book is when she says that the internet is a brutal place.  She says one reason for this is cyberstalking because it lead to threats of violence, privacy invasions and reputation-harming lies.  She also mentions that cyberstalkers also use their technological abilities against their victims.

“3.4 million adults are victims of stalking each year and one of them experiences cyberstalking,”  Citron says.  “Legislators and site operators have been, until recently, unwilling or unable to do much about it.”

Another main point she mentions is that she talks about potential remedies.  She proves her point when she says that a troubling concern is that naming and shaming harassers can exacerbate the abuse and it led to other supporters being harassed as well.  Citron also proves her point when she favored a more proactive legal approach.

“Criminal convictions are powerful deterrents because of their lasting collateral consequences,” Citron says.  “Even if harassers are not afraid of being sued because they have no money to lose or they might fear a criminal conviction that would appear on their records forever.”

I think that the strongest of this book is when she talked about cyberstalking.  Citron mentioned that cyber harassment victims struggle especially with anxiety and then led to panic attacks.  “Cyber stalking victimization strongly correlates with time spent online,” Citron says.  “Especially for young people who are online for hours a day.”

Citron also mentions that harassing people online is less of a cheap shot and less harmful than talking to them face to face in reality.




Online Ethics Assignment:Ways to ethically correct errors when using social media

An ethical way to correct errors made on social media is to make a new post pertaining to a story link that you made with the accurate information, determining what was wrong and leaving the original post up, unless it is defamatory or otherwise legally problematic


It also suggests that as a journalist you have to decide how and whether to use that particular feature.  Another suggestion is that as a journalist you need to edit posts that needs correction, and to put another post or comment telling why it was changed and what particular part did you change.


My take on this topic is that and what I read on this topic is that journalists have to be extra careful when posting things on social media.


As a journalist when you post something that is not accurate then your editor can get on you or the person that you interviewed can come to you and say “hey what said about me wasn’t accurate or true” like for example the Dez Bryant tirade when someone was a used racial slur towards him.


As a result, Bryant went on a tirade towards him that is what can happen when journalists use social media the wrong way, and can possibly get fired for it.  It is crucial in this business that when social media that we have to get the facts straight when reporting and especially using social media.   


Video clip assignment: New England and Indians


For this WSU research assignment I decided to go into the history department to interview two of my professor’s students.

They were doing a research project on New England and the Indians, back in the 1700s.  Their purpose was to be objective about what they found in their research.

The project was about how the Indians and the British handled things.  Also they are researching about how the Indians lived and the policies that they had to face against the British.

They are also looking lost documentation as pertaining to the Indians and what they thought of these policies and the different court cases that came about during that period in history.

They wanted to accomplish in their research that they want to benefit the people that they are researching in terms of the Indians.  The two researchers cared about the Indian policy and they had to flag sensitive material.  They were also researching the tribal leaders and the legal past that the Native Americans had in the U.S.

The two researchers also wanted to uncover the mysteries that the Indians had.  Since I am taking a history course it was relevant for me to do this because I am learning about the Native Americans and Indians during a series of lectures on it.  This research video assignment can help fellow journalism students learn how to videotape interviews and how it’s done.

I had an interest in this subject because like I said since I’m taking history I had an interest of how the Native Americans and the Indians lived and how their policies were back in the 1700s and how it was different back then.

COM5500 Event Assignment: Wayne State vs. Northern Michigan

The event that I did for this assignment was the football game between Wayne State and Northern Michigan on Saturday October 17th.

Since I am into sports so much this was an appropriate event for me, I took pictures of the WSU marching band performing during the pre-game and halftime.  I also took pictures of the WSU football team warming up and practicing before the game.

The thing about it is I didn’t get a chance to get closer because I had to sit in the press box because I had to cover the game as well.  However, the pictures that I took were from the press box.

When shooting the game I felt I could’ve asked somebody if I could get a little closer to the field to take more pictures instead of taking them in front of the press box.

Also, this can be a learning experience for me when doing things for online news because in this day and age we as journalists will have to get closer to the action instead of taking pictures from the press box.

Overall, I believe that shooting this assignment was good because like I said I am into sports and pretty much my blog will be about Wayne State sports and how the fans can into games at some events but not all events.

When doing this assignment I noticed that the fans were into the game from start to finish and they were in outfits supporting their team.

WSU Event: WSU vs. Northern Michigan

ESPN.COM web analysis

ESPN.com presentation


This web analysis is about the history of ESPN.COM and how it originated over the years into the number one sports website over time.  ESPN debuted on September 7, 1979 and it was founded in 1978.  In its early years it struggled financially, in 1981 Anheuser-Busch gave 5 million to ESPN because of this.

It was one of the earliest broadcast of the NBA from 1982-84 then it returned in 2003 with a six-year broadcast $5.4 billion dollar contract.  ESPN is owned by the Walt-DIsney Company and the Hearst Corporation owns a 20 percent share in the company.  John Skipper currently serves as the president of ESPN and held that position since 2012.

ESPN.COM is financed through their endorsements, TV contracts and depending on how many viewers tune in to each game.

It’s the number one sports site among those with online investments with 1,505,522.  It is valued at $40 billion dollars and it’s the world’s most valuable media property.

ESPN.COM also uses multimedia technology, according to ESPN media zone it is the leading multimedia sports entertainment company that features broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities.

Last year, it produced more than 47,000 hours of live event/studio programming across its platforms and it’s family of networks, ESPN2, ESPN3, Watch ESPN, ESPNNEWS and ESPNU.

ESPN.COM also uses social media like Twitter and Facebook. People like anchors and sometimes players tweet live during the games and also they report information that players send on Twitter or Facebook.

Some of the strengths of the website is that they keep up with its content, they post up breaking news as soon as it happens.  The writers go in-depth in what they are talking when writing their stories and when interviewting.

Some weaknesses some of the writers can be sometimes biased and not get the other side of the story.  Also, in the article that I chose the Donald Trump article in which he talks about Joe Flacco being an elite quarterback, and how the injury of Tony Romo damages the Dallas Cowboys. I feel like it was a good analysis but I felt he could’ve went a little more in depth with it.