December 20, 2016This Holiday Season comes at a troubling time for those of us who work to bridge the racial divide. The national rise of the so-called alt-right movement, with its underlying message of racial separation and supremacy, is a direct challenge to our work and the progress we have made. This alt-right movement may have adopted new marketing approaches and new words to describe itself, but its basic message is a very old one – that it refuses to recognize the equal worth of those who do not share the same skin tone or the same religion. As we confront this new phenomenon, it is important that we maintain a perspective on it and that we remember that there are millions who continue to share our values and our commitment to seek racial justice. This nation has a very troubled history when it comes to race. As President Lyndon Johnson said, America's track record on race is "the great American failure, the one huge wrong of (our) nation." But it also has a long record of moving to address that wrong and moving, however fitfully, toward being a more equitable society. It has not been a straight line of progress forward. There have been countless setbacks. But our path as a nation has followed the path described by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Our heroes through the years have been those who shared a vision of racial justice and who fought for that vision in so many different ways. History does not judge kindly those who have attempted to hold back the clock, who have advocated for racial separation and supremacy, whatever its form and whatever it called itself. New Detroit is a racial justice organization. Our mission statement declares that we are “The metropolitan Detroit leadership organization working to identify and eliminate racial disparities in the region by building economic equity, social justice and racial understanding.” That commitment remains as strong now as the day we were formed nearly 50 years ago. New Detroit helps stabilize Detroit neighborhoods by strengthening neighborhood businesses owned by people of color, prepares youth leaders to improve race relations in their schools and communities, provides programs and training to address race-related issues within companies, and provides high school students of color with tools to help them complete high school and succeed in college and life. Now is the time for us to let the forces of bigotry know that, whatever temporary setbacks we may experience, we will prevail. Now is the time to make sure they know that they are on the wrong side of history and, more importantly, the wrong side of morality. And now is the time for each of us to redouble our efforts to hasten the day when the history of truly bridging the racial divide is finally written. You can take the first step by joining New Detroit in this important work by making a thoughtful year-end gift. Never has the need been demonstrated with such clarity and urgency. We hope you will join us as we continue to work to close the gap and pledge your financial support to our work.
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New Detroit: a racial justice organization
The metropolitan Detroit leadership organization working to identify and eliminate racial disparities in the region by building economic equity, social justice and racial understanding.
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