Catholic Priest Brings the Spirit of Christmas to Life in Detroit

I’m from a family of Christmas-lovers.   My Dad always took us kids downtown to watch the annual Thanksgiving Parade.  Bundled and mittened, my sisters and I shivered anyway in the cold, perched on ladders to peer over the crowd of merry-makers.  And the highlight, of course, was always Santa—his merry ho-ho-ho! thrilling children lining Woodward Avenue along the route which ended with Santa’s climbing to his throne in front of J.L. Hudson’s.Years later, when my own children were small, w … [Read more...]

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I’m a Racist? Yeah, Well, Shove Off

Yesterday over on Facebook, there was a big dust-up because some woman told me I was racist.  What she really meant was:  My skin is white, and I don’t like Obama; hence, I’m obviously a hater.I didn’t take her allegations lightly.  I went ballistic, in fact, shouting (well, typing really loudly) about how I am color-blind but I don’t like this president’s anti-Catholic social policies, his wild-eyed support for abortion and same-sex marriage, his management of the budget crisis, his Obamacar … [Read more...]

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Focus: HOPE—Fighting Racism, Poverty and Injustice in Detroit Since 1968

Detroit was deeply divided in the 1960s.  There was a chasm between white society, largely in the suburbs, and the black community which remained in the central city.The city’s segregated society got a shake-up on July 23, 1967, when white police vice squad officers executed a raid on an after-hours drinking club or “blind pig” in the predominantly black neighborhood located at Twelfth Street and Clairmount Avenue.  Inside the illegal club, 82 people were celebrating the return of two Vietnam … [Read more...]

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