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The Detroit Journalism Cooperative is an integrated community media network providing insight on the issues facing Detroit. It features two radio stations, an online magazine, five ethnic newspapers, and a public television station-- All working together to tell the story of Detroit.The DJC includes Michigan Radio, Bridge Magazine, Detroit Public Television, WDET, and New Michigan Media. To see all the stories produced for the DJC, visit The Intersection website.Scroll below to see DJC stories from Michigan Radio and other selected stories from our partners.

Progressive white people confronting racial divide

Lester Graham
Michigan Radio
Claire Nelson, Consul General of the Urban Consulate in Detroit, Philadelphia, and New Orleans.

Racial tensions are growing as the perceptions and evidence of racial inequality are growing.

Many of Detroit's residents see billionaires buying up downtown buildings where new retailers open shop, selling items most of Detroit's impoverished citizens cannot afford. There's a marked divide between that prosperity in downtown and the poverty in the neighborhoods.

That divide is stark in the Cass Corridor. New residents, often white, are moving in. Rents are rising. New restaurants and boutique shops are popping up. The old residents, often black, are being pushed out.

The Urban Consulate is right in the middle of that divide. According to its website, it is a network of parlors for city dwellers & travelers seeking urban exchange. That exchange is one of ideas and projects that encourage artists, small businesses, and others who want to do well and do good in the city.

Lately the parlors have tackled race. Many of the more progressive white participants are becoming aware of their own unconscious bias.

Claire Nelson is Consul General of the Urban Consulate.

Stateside's Lester Graham in partnership with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative talked to her about the Consulate and those conversations.

GUEST Claire Nelson is Consul General of the Urban Consulate.

Support for the Detroit Journalism Cooperative on Michigan Radio comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism's Michigan Reporting Initiative, the Ford Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Radio from 1998-2010.
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