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Detroit: City of Casinos and the Economic Disempowerment of African Americans

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In the May 10, 2010, issue of Jet magazine, Michael Eric Dyson commented on the 2010 black agenda as it was debated at both Tavis Smiley’s “We Count! /The Black Agenda is the American Agenda" forum and Reverend Al Sharpton’s “Measuring the Movement Black Leadership" forum which took place in March and April, 2010, respectively. According to Dyson,who attended both forums, there was agreement that “we must press political leaders to help Black citizens who are hurt by policies that favor the rich and powerful―especially poor and working class folks who suffer the most.” A focus of discussions at both forums was the subprime mortgage industry, according to Dyson. Yet there is another industry that favors the rich and powerful, but which receives almost no attention from local and nationally recognized African American political commentators: the casino industry. This paper calls attention to the negative economic effects of casino gambling on vulnerable communities in an effort to generate discussion about how this predatory industry contributes to the economic disempowerment of African Americans. Using Detroit as an example of how casinos do not bring economic development to depressed communities, I argue that it is time for our leaders and public officials to call for a moratorium on the expansion of legalized gambling, especially casino gambling, into our neighborhoods and to seek other, less harmful ways to generate new revenues.
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Adell, Sandra. "Detroit: City of Casinos and the Economic Disempowerment of African Americans" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436131_index.html>

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Adell, S. , 2010-09-29 "Detroit: City of Casinos and the Economic Disempowerment of African Americans" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436131_index.html

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Abstract: In the May 10, 2010, issue of Jet magazine, Michael Eric Dyson commented on the 2010 black agenda as it was debated at both Tavis Smiley’s “We Count! /The Black Agenda is the American Agenda" forum and Reverend Al Sharpton’s “Measuring the Movement Black Leadership" forum which took place in March and April, 2010, respectively. According to Dyson,who attended both forums, there was agreement that “we must press political leaders to help Black citizens who are hurt by policies that favor the rich and powerful―especially poor and working class folks who suffer the most.” A focus of discussions at both forums was the subprime mortgage industry, according to Dyson. Yet there is another industry that favors the rich and powerful, but which receives almost no attention from local and nationally recognized African American political commentators: the casino industry. This paper calls attention to the negative economic effects of casino gambling on vulnerable communities in an effort to generate discussion about how this predatory industry contributes to the economic disempowerment of African Americans. Using Detroit as an example of how casinos do not bring economic development to depressed communities, I argue that it is time for our leaders and public officials to call for a moratorium on the expansion of legalized gambling, especially casino gambling, into our neighborhoods and to seek other, less harmful ways to generate new revenues.


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