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Michigan League for Public Policy puts a spotlight on racial inequality

Michigan needs to have an “honest conversation” about race.

That was the goal for hundreds of people at a policy forum today held by the Michigan League for Public Policy.

Between the Flint water crisis and Detroit Public Schools – and the national political climate – Michigan has to take a hard look at racial equality and make some policy changes.  Keynote speaker Rinku Sen suggested not using code words like "inner cities" when talking about people of color. Instead, she says people should talk plainly about race.

Gilda Jacobs is the president and CEO of the League.

“We want people to walk away more informed than they were before. We want them to get fired up. And we want them to figure out what they can do to make thing different in this state.”


Some of the specific issues addressed at the forum include the media’s role in reporting on race and how the government can help bring race equity.