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Black Detroit’s diaspora

Re: Nolan Finley’s Dec. 14 column, “Where are the black people?”

I am a black Detroit resident and have been for well over 60 years. I have an advanced degree and could have easily fled. Many of my co-workers, peers, and family who are educated left for a better life. The collective black intelligence went to Bloomfield Hills, Southfield, Novi; anyplace other than Detroit. The blacks who can really make a difference are now scattered. The young blacks are now struggling with high college loans and do not have the means to really engage. Detroit pride is increasing and with that maybe we will begin to see more black participation.

Alice Fort, Detroit

Detroit must get smarter

The recent Chamber of Commerce report pointed out two challenges which still face Detroit. One is a falling income. The other is education. If we need to be including people of color in the growth of the city, ask where do the educated and entrepreneurial people of color come from, and why would they do so? As long as the city has high taxes, poor schools, boarded up libraries and lower wages, the impoverished areas are not likely to get any better.

Ken McGuire, Livonia

Nothing to see here

What is wrong with free people deciding where they want to live and work? Does the social engineering Nolan Finley espouses ever end?

Rich Abramson, Westland

A region for all peoples

I see the same thing at Lions and Tigers games. Encouragement is needed to those who have done well, both black and white, to see Detroit for what it can be. However, if we don’t quit teaching our children to resent those who are successful, black or white, we will find it hard to make any real progress.

Jeff Fanto, Allen Park

Time to have the talk

This threat is looming over us, waiting to snatch back the fledgling progress that has been made in Detroit. I disagree with Finley’s statement that it’s not about racism; it is. This is the gosh-I-didn’t-even-consider-that variety of racism. But we simply cannot expect to move forward in this majority black city without black participation. Please continue to raise this issue.

Elizabeth Schneider, Detroit

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