To understand the historic tensions of race and economy in Detroit is to understand what to do in Detroit.  This report today from NPR rings true with my experience.

What I found inspiring during my years in Detroit were people of good will both in the city and the suburbs who wanted the best for Detroit. They are people ready to work in cooperation rather than conflict.  People like members of the Northwest Detroit Lions Club.  Grover and Thelma Rudolph.  George Aren.  Charlie Cone.

To you they may only be names.  But to me they are men and women who saw a vision of what Detroit could be, and were willing to work for it.  Champions.

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