Speaking on July 27, 1967, in the midst of Detroit’s most famous race rebellion, black activist H. Rap Brown said that “violence is as American as cherry pie.” If that is true, rioting is as Detroit as Coney Islands. Although contemporary Detroiters tend to think only of the 1967 uprising when someone mentions “the riots,” rioting can be found deep in the city’s history.READ MORE
If we had had more fearless conversations in the past we would be further along.
We are owed the chance to have a conversation that is unapologetic.
Dr. King said to me: The unrest in Detroit is the line drawn in the sand that beckons a new urban agenda in America.
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