Metro Retro 

23 years ago this week in Metro Times: Lynn Orr covers the rise of “new right” activists, who have shifted their focus to the local arena, targeting local school boards in particular. Terry Todd, chairman of the “Stop Textbook Censorship” committee, argues that textbooks have been censored to omit traditional values such as “respect for parents and respect for capitalism.” Meanwhile, the American Library Association reports a major increase to 900 challenges to library materials throughout the country, a shift largely attributed to the new right. What was happening: Pat Benatar at Cobo Arena.

17 years ago this week in Metro Times: Rosanne Less reports from Southfield, where at least four Jewish residences, schools, and businesses were vandalized on Nov. 9, two days after the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the pogrom that arguably began the holocaust. The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith suspects neo-Nazis were behind the attacks. The Detroit-Area Skinheads (DASH) reportedly publishes its paper Final War out of Southfield, but has not taken responsibility for these acts. What was happening: Jane’s Addiction at St. Andrew’s Hall.

10 years ago this week in Metro Times: Cartoonist Ted Rall attacks the assumption that work has to be boring. He recounts tales from his days as a financial analyst at a consulting firm, where he earned $32,000 a year working about two hours per day and spending the rest of the workday phoning friends and masturbating in the bathroom. He quit to pursue his present career, becoming much more motivated by working for himself rather than someone else. As of 2005, his cartoons have appeared in more than 140 publications. What was happening: The Jacob Lawrence Print Exhibition at the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery.

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