As Michiganders everywhere adapt to functioning under a new norm, so too does the Michigan Chronicle. After a brief hiatus due to the coronavirus, Pancakes and Politics is set to return virtually.
“We are kicking off our revitalized fifteenth season with a very important discussion with Governor Gretchen Whitmer as she grapples with re-opening the state of Michigan and managing the budget and health aftermath of COVID-19,” said Michigan Chronicle Publisher Hiram Jackson.
The Michigan Chronicle previously highlighted active steps the governor took in addressing COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on African Americans, including establishing the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.
In addition to medical reform, Whitmer is expected to expound upon her call police reform in Michigan. The Michigan Chronicle previously reported the governor’s support of enhanced law enforcement training.
“The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor were a result of hundreds of years of inequity and institutional racism against Black Americans,” said Whitmer. “Here in Michigan, we are taking action and working together to address the inequities Black Michiganders face every day.”
Dennis Archer Jr. and Vickie Thomas are set to return as hosts. Jackson says although the Pancakes and Politics platform has changed, the dedication to keeping the community informed has not wavered.
“We are committed to ensuring that Pancakes and Politics continues as a vehicle through which we can ensure that every voice is heard as we make key policy and economic decisions that affect us all,” said Jackson.
“Though we cannot shake hands and converse over pancakes and coffee, we will continue to move our region forward through necessary dialogue. I am looking forward to it.”
Pancakes and Politics resumes June 18 at 8 AM via The Michigan Chronicle Facebook page.