Community Comment: Michigan Presidential Primary, Black History Month & Census Count

Posted at 4:05 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 16:05:05-05

WXYZ DETROIT — Once again, it’s time to catch up on our viewer mail. Our station editorial urging Michiganders to participate in the important March 10th Presidential Primary, prompted these comments.

Pauline Hastings said:
“I received my ballot today and it will be in the mail Monday.”

Kim Moore Watson wrote:
“Already absentee voted.”

Lynn M. LeClear-Miller responded on Facebook:
“Me too, mailed yesterday.”

Barbara Durbin:
“Already voted.”

Jennifer Vesperman:
“I hope you realize Michigan is a straight party state.”

Denise Angele urged:
“Vote on the right side of history.”

Our editorial highlighting our station’s special Black History Month coverage triggered reaction.

William Lashley wrote:
“A lot of interesting history gets overlooked. (For example), the first black U.S. Senator (and) the first slave owner in the U.S.”

P. Joseph Raju observed:
“Broken families are creating broken homes and really destroying our nation. Families are the foundation of the nation.”

And finally, we received a message from the public information office of the U.S. Census Bureau requesting us to correct a visual image in our Census editorial that implied the 2020 Census will ask respondents their citizenship. We apologize for any unintended confusion that piece of video may have caused. Let us be perfectly clear! There is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census survey. Just nine questions that should take you about 10 minutes to complete and return to the Census Bureau. Be counted in Michigan!

That’s it for now. Thanks for writing and watching.

I’m Chuck Stokes
Broadcast: February 27 - March 1, 2020