Detroit's Racial Intolerance: John Conyers' Wife Banishes White Witnesses

Detroit City Council shows the city has moved towards intolerance in the years since 1965.

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By Michael Barone, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers, wife of House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, presides over a hearing where white witnesses are advised to leave the room. Congressman Conyers joined the Judiciary Committee in 1965, when the Chairman was Emanuel Celler and the ranking was Republican William McCulloch, co-sponsors of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. What would they have thought of this? As a nation, we have become more tolerant and inclusive in the years since 1965. Detroit, alas, seems to have moved in the opposite direction.

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