The Mackinac Conference and Detroit’s “DNA”

By Kim Hunter

May 23, 2016

Excerpt: ““Opportunity and inclusion” are nice words, but they don’t really speak to the ugly reality of white bias and bigotry against black people and how that is a central justice issue for the rebuilding of Detroit and therefore, the rebuilding of Michigan.

There are people working to counter what’s lacking in the Detroit media narrative. The ever-scrappy crew that put on the Allied Media Conference is explicitly about justice and they are working towards a grassroots narrative of Detroit. They’ve recently established the Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) to award 10 – 12 grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each as seed money for what they call “transformative narratives” about Detroit told by Detroiters. They prioritize Detroiters and people of color. Groups that receive awards must have at least one central member that is a Detroit resident. The application deadline is June 24, 2016.”