When the Washington Football Team, then known by a pejorative to Native Americans, posted a black square on social media last summer in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the publicity stunt and challenged the organization. If it wanted to be genuine in its commitment to racial justice, it had to do more.

The recent vote by the Dearborn City Council to remove former mayor Orville Hubbard’s name from a city ballroom is hardly any different: it is just another woefully insufficient, politically convenient, performative step for racial justice.

Just as the Washington Football Team needed to…

Jay Saper

Educator, organizer, writer, and artist who lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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