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Development Is a State of Mind

It comes as no surprise to hear a campus speaker utter such nonsense as “the Southwest was actually stolen by the United States and was rightfully Upper Mexico.” It’s a little more disconcerting to hear it come from Angela Hayes, who heads something called the Detroit Hispanic Development Council, which receives a substantial amount of funding from federal, state, and city governments (plus a few private sources). But she indeed said it at an MLK Day forum at the University of Michigan, according to the Michigan Review. I wonder if her donors embrace this vision of “Hispanic development.”

UPDATE: An e-mail:

Well the French originally settled Detroit.

Maybe we should tell the Detroit Hispanic Development Council that we would like to do the right thing and give it back.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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