Detroit Council Initiative to Tackle Issues Facing Black Men

Darren A. Nichols, Detroit News, March 30, 2014

City Council members James Tate and Andre Spivey have launched a new task force aimed at addressing the most troubled segment of Detroit: black men.

The two second-term councilmen are spearheading the Black Male Engagement Task Force, which aims to address high unemployment rates, drug use, lack of education and poor quality of life faced by African-American men. The council authorized the panel in February.

The goal is to provide mentoring and life coaching opportunities for young men to improve Detroit, Tate said.


Ken Coleman, a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit and a longtime political operative, said Detroit’s city government hasn’t tackled the issues facing black men in almost 25 years. The last time he recalls is when then-City Council member Barbara-Rose Collins raised it in 1990 with her “Save the Black Male” campaign following the 1989 conviction of her son for armed robbery.

The council initiative is in line with President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. Launched last July, the president’s effort seeks to determine what private and public efforts are working and provide resources to support the endeavors throughout the country. It also wants to better connect state and local officials, the private sector and philanthropists.

“We do have African-American males who are doing the right thing, who are giving up their time, services and resources to support the community,” Spivey said.


Since the council approved the task force resolution, it has brought together a group of about 18 founding members from community groups such as the Legacy Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Omega Psi Phi fraternity to create a plan of action. The group is looking for ways to connect successful people with those who are in the most need.


Ron Haygood of the Omega Foundation applauds the council members for trying to do things that haven’t been done before.

“Just on a morality standpoint, there’s been a lull,” said Haygood, who added he’s been working throughout Detroit for a long time. “With the challenges young men face today and the dynamic of the family the way it is today, it’s real important we seize the time now.”


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  • MekongDelta69

    Ahh yes – another “Black Male Engagement Task Force”

    How many does this make in the last 50 years?

    • leftists are delusional

      Black male engagement sounds like an academic reference to the down low lifestyle.

    • APaige

      Great question. How about name an area with black people where the “most troubled segment of ________is not black men.

  • And the “best” news of all is that Rand Paul’s Detroit based minority engagement office is right there to help. All Detroit needs is Rand Paul / Jack Kemp / Paul Ryan style watered down kiddie pool right-libertarianism to become the prosperous first world, right?

  • Luca

    I am confident that the entire Detroit City Council combined could not solve a crossword puzzle, let alone find a solution for black male dysfunction.

    This is an excuse to spend money and direct it towards some black relatives with a phony voodoo degree in social negrology.

    • MBlanc46

      Money that they don’t have.

  • dd121

    Our little republic is nearly 250 years old and one question just keeps popping up: what can be do about the black man. And nobody’s got an answer.

    • MekongDelta69

      Because there is NONE

      • dd121

        To us, that’s all too painfully obvious.

    • Luca

      Deport them. Liberia cries out for its native sons.

    • Whitetrashgang

      I have a answer it just cant be typed.

      • I could type it, but I have no great desire to share banishment with Mr. Spartacus.

        • dd121

          I am Spartacus!

          • Grantland

            No I’m Spartacus!

    • Ed

      Lincoln had an answer but was cut down by Southerners before it could be implemented.

      • IstvanIN

        Maybe if Lincoln hadn’t been a genocidal maniac and had negotiated a solution to the issues at hand perhaps the CSA could have been brought back into the Union. I have no sympathy for a man who killed so many of our people.

        • President Lincoln’s hand was largely forced by the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. It was morally wrong for Union soldiers to occupy the entrance to Charleston harbor, but idiotic for South Carolinians to shell the fort.

          • Luca

            All wars are tragedies. But it amazes me how much time is spent here taking sides, all over again, regarding the Civil War. Unfortunately, it brings to light the fact that even on Amren, Whites cannot agree on priorities and would divide themselves by geography and culture when the real threat these days has nothing to do with North vs. South.

            The real enemy in the “here and now” is the political machine of the New World Order agenda that favors minorities, condemns Whites, promotes homosexuality, mocks Christianity, excuses Islam, glorifies single-motherhood, destroys education, encourages social dysfunction, indoctrinates the young, has hijacked the media and denies race reality.

            Everyone here needs to focus on the true enemy and not on redefining or quibbling over unchangeable events from 150 years ago.

          • Aside from the occasional troll, we all agree on most things here.

      • dd121

        Without getting into a debate about this, I’ll just say that it would have been in the best interest of white people if Lincoln had lived to administer the peace, in my opinion.

  • The problem with blacks is genetic. Environmental solutions to genetic problems have never worked and will never work. A stone age people were brought here, white genes were mixed in, and the outcome is equivalent to a Frankenstein monster. What became of Dr. Frankenstein’s monster? In the movie he/it was destroyed. The real life black monsters cannot be destroyed due to White conception of law and religion. But forced repatriation ought to be an option.

  • Rhialto

    How about tackling the real problems that vex Detroit’s young Black males?
    1-Baby momas wuntin’ chil’ support.
    2-G**^&% D(&(& itchin’ in mah M$%^ F$%^ privats.
    3-N&^(*s threatnin’ for the money I borrah.
    4-Cost of stuff I need.
    5.M*%& [email protected]#[email protected] Hispanicals be jumpin’ my place all the time.

    • dcc2379

      I believe abortion is murder, but allowing your number 1 allows white genocide. So, I know look at baby momma abortion as either death penalty in utero or crime prevention. A necessary evil, even if it seems like an eye for an eye or a lifetime of crime and welfare for cutting out the felon-embryo.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Black-white relations were much more harmonious when Jim Crow was the law of the land and blacks knew their place. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 has destroyed this country.

  • Puggg

    Finally, someone is taking up the causes and concerns of black men.

    For the first time this week.

    The last time he recalls is when then-City Council member Barbara-Rose Collins raised it in 1990 with her “Save the Black Male” campaign following the 1989 conviction of her son for armed robbery

    “Save the black male?” Her own son robs someone at gunpoint, or at some weapon point, probably a gun, and she goes and starts a campaign to “save the black male,” all as a diversion from her own failure as a parent.

    • r j p

      Yeah, I liked that. Armed robbery and it is all “Save The Black Male”.
      How much do you think Barbara-Rose Collins stole from the city of DeToilet?

  • Jesse James

    We need to find where they stockpiled the fence they bought but never put up on the border and surround Detroit with a double security fence.

  • IstvanIN

    The big problems facing blacks are simple to cure: don’t commit crime, if you get a job do your best, pick one woman and marry her, don’t spread your seed all over, don’t hang out on the corner all night. Those simple suggestions would make their lives so much better. But they fall on deaf ears.

    • dcc2379

      You’re blaming the victim. Because Trayvon’s great great great great great great great great grandpa couldn’t loot and steal and rape because he was forced to work after being sold by fellow blacks for hooch and guns, Trayvon has scars today.

      • tlk244182

        Had scars. Had….

  • MBlanc46

    I’m sure that will resolve all the problems of black males. I can’t imagine why they didn’t do this decades–or centuries-ago.

  • dcc2379

    I’ve got great advice. Don’t leave DNA on the victim, for you’re already in the system. Shoot witnesses. Take your condoms to the shower, so when inmate 45278 behind you sees you drop the soap, you can prevent your next victim from getting AIDS.

  • saxonsun

    The issue facing black men is that they are black men.

  • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

    Why do I incresinigly have the feeling that these programs are just the vanguard of another future program to provide housing, food, clothes, gold, IPhones, IPads, big screen TVs, cars, trumped up diplomas, and eventually do nothing jobs with big salaries and free health care to all blacks at birth? After all, the only way they will have achievements and close all the disparate impact gaps is for everything to be handed to them with no effort on their part required.

  • Truth Teller

    Praise the lord, Keep dem grants a’comin.

    That should be the title of a black gospel song. More of your and my tax money shoveled into $150,000 executive director and $80,000 a year anyalist and counselor salaries to say nothing of the scams from renting or buying and renovating the building.

    • Because his is the narrative that they in fact wish to push. It’s not just him, there are others here, varying shades of quasimods sort of, is how I look at them. They act to push the conversation back towards the middle or to muddy the waters or change the subject when a thread gets moving in a direction that they don’t like.

      Also, he had a recent interview published as an article entitled,” ‘Every Man His Own Commissar’: Jared Taylor and the Politics of Race” You should read it. He disavows WNism and that very title, I’m assuming a title he insisted upon, is a slap in the face to those who know who’s really pulling the strings.