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Detroit TV anchor checks colleague's Election Day gaiety: 'Black people have only been voting for 60 years'

November 03, 2020, 12:51 PM

Fox 2 anchor Maurielle Lue abandoned her usual morning-show pep Tuesday to drop big facts on a colleague who glorified the country's history with elections.

"I wake up this morning feeling great about America," said co-host Ryan Ermanni, before launching into a 35-second exaltation about how, since George Washington ran unopposed, "we have been doing this thing for over 200 years, we know how to do elections."

When he wrapped, co-host Deena Centofanti applauded, while Lue, who is Black, didn't even crack a smile.

After a few awkward seconds, she broke into a grin and said, “Black people have only been voting for 60 years, just so everybody knows at home." 

The comment was an apparent reference to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which put an end to a series of discriminatory voting laws that disenfranchised Black people.

"But we’re catching up now," Lue added, "and we need to show up today.”



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