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This link recently saved by racialicious on August 07, 2011
"Then, as now, African Americans were the most overrepresented group in the shelter system. According to the 2005 report, people of color comprised approximately 27 percent of the general population in King County, but 57 percent of the people who were homeless at the time.
"In 2005, the reasons cited for the disparity included a lack of employment and affordable housing, housing discrimination, domestic violence and disparate treatment in the criminal justice system, where persons of color are also overrepresented.
"Some things haven’t changed. In May 2011, the national unemployment rate of blacks was 16.2 percent, double that of whites at 8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics."
This link recently saved by racialicious on January 31, 2011
'[A] shocking encounter between two longtime residents has forced a look at what is the essence of Corktown -- its sense of community. Perhaps it is a reflection of that closely woven community that people in Corktown speak of what happened in terms of what happened to "Steve 'n' Charlie."
Homeowner Steven DiPonio is charged with assault with intent to murder -- a crime with a potential life sentence -- for an alleged attack on Charles Duncan, a homeless Corktown regular, in October. Prosecutors say DiPonio beat Duncan with a baseball bat and tried to drag him with his pickup.
This link recently saved by racialicious on January 06, 2011
From Monianne, who sent in the link: "This does not mention race, but it is a factor in the clash in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit." "Cooley, who was appointed by Mayor Dave Bing to chair the Detroit Works Project, an effort to chart the city's future, co-founded a group called 'The Conquistadors,' which sent an e-mail in 2007 outlining its vision for improving Corktown.
"'This (effort) includes … activism to stop the free handouts in our neighborhood that facilitate the drugs, crime and general malcontent that thrives from St. Peter's to the Train Station to the Mission on Michigan,' the e-mail said. '(We) are hoping to go talk to the people at the church next week and will give an update. We'll try being nice first.'"
"Bill Wylie-Kellermann, who works at St. Peter, said he was angered by the e-mail. "'Even the 'nice' approach is still about displacing people,' he said."
This link recently saved by racialicious on April 26, 2010
"Mr. Tale-Yax, 31, was pronounced dead by medical workers who responded to a 911 call around 7:20 a.m. on April 18. The police confirmed the authenticity of surveillance video on The New York Post’s Web site that shows dozens of people walking by Mr. Tale-Yax, who was homeless, lying on the sidewalk at 144th Street and 88th Road in Jamaica. After more than an hour, the video shows one man shake Mr. Tale-Yax before turning him over to reveal the wounds. "