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“We Will Not Despair”: Open Letter from Detroit Public School Board Member

I am writing to let you know that the terrorists are here in Detroit. They have taken over our schools and our city. Their appetizers were Benton Harbor, Flint and their caviar was Allen Park, but they spit it out because it was too white.

 

I watched ” Slavery by Another Name,” and was amazed that one of the people, Dr. Malone is married to Holder. She is a historian and understands so well the impact for generations to come on people whose life chances were stolen from them to make others rich. Brutal as that was, the loss of schools – the loss of hard won African American curriculum and the privatization of Detroit Public Schools to build a separate and unequal school district called the “Educational Achievement Authority” is most crushing.

 

The Michigan Attorney General sued the elected school board members- of which i am one, and lost in court. We were sued for being elected in a state election and then sued by the State. During that period, the AG sent a letter to one of my students telling him that there were not sufficient resources in the office of AG to investigate his granddaughter’s death at the hands of a human trafficking ring in Michigan.

 

Thisraw abuse of power and its consequences are lost on no one; soon no one will trust any aspect of government or law enforcement. The country depends on consensus to run, or it will require more police repression internally to control the increasingly disillusioned populace. Going after Assata Shakur is one of the bizarre examples of the corrupt tail wagging the hapless dog. Mr. President, we believed so much that things would get better, not worse if you were elected. Then we hoped that you would be better in your second term.

 

Shutting down public education and stealing the votes of Black cities across our state does not engender loyalty or support; indeed it harbors despair. But we will not despair.

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"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

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