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.



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