Detroit Pensions and Bankruptcy Bode Poorly For Union Workers Nationally

Detroit will be the rise and fall of the United States. At a time when the American Economy and spirit were at Golden Age highs, the Motor City was the pinnacle of American manufacturing, the embodiment of one of America’s most important innovations; a city that could hold its own. Along with one of the most booming jobs markets, Detroit also touted one of the strongest Labor Unions in the country. While some may argue that the autoworker’s unions were part of the American automotive industry’s collapse, I think that could more easily be attribute to Reagan era tax cuts,...

Renisha McBride Case Evokes Familiar Sentiments

It appears to be happening all over again. This summer, Black America was outraged by the verdict of the Zimmerman trial. The reality that a teenager was murdered in cold blood, and the man that did it got away with it was a blow to us all. Here we are, not even six months later mulling over the case of Renisha McBride who was blown away asking for help. Gun culture is out of control. Video blogger Jay Smooth had an insightful perception back in July when all the internet was ablaze with talk of what would happen in the...

Asking For Help While Black May Prove Fatal

Yet another incident occurred, resulting in a fatal outcome of a Black person in need. 19 year old Renisha McBride was killed by a man after surviving a car crash. This teenager from Detroit found herself a victim of a scared homeowner with a shotgun.  The man though McBride was attempting to break into his home. What makes this story more infuriating, is that the man is claiming that he shot McBride “by accident”  How plausible is that? As some will remember, the similar case of Jonathan Ferrell back in September played itself out in a similar way. The difference...

Detroit Takeover: Michigan Governor To Name Emergency Manager of City Finances

  In a move that has very few precedents, Governor Rick Snyder has made a move to take over the finances of Detroit. The finances of the city are said to be in such a bad predicament, that a takeover is necessary. An emergency manager will be appointed to resolve the crisis, thus over-ruling all municipal authority. This person also will have the power to enact drastic cost cutting measures like voiding union contracts and selling public property.   This is a major development, and does not bode well for states that are in financial discord. Austerity is the movement...

Vice Presidential Debate: After Thoughts

Well, talk about a pivot. The Vice Presidential debate this evening was much more interesting and spirited than the first presidential debate. Joe Biden started in early, giving no quarter to Paul Ryan on any of his statements. To make up for the glaring omission last time, Joe Biden launched into an offensive on the issue of the 47 percent. Unlike last week’s bullying tactics which went unchecked by Jim Lehrer, the VP debate had a much stronger moderator in Martha Raddatz. She forced both contenders to answer detailed questions and give specifics. Also, she came up with much better...