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.