The cats out of the bag. The New York Times, Mother Jones and The Nation are all beginning to understand the implications of what happens to cities in America that represent Actual Black-Run America (ABRA), with each news organization publishing editorials and lengthy articles lamenting (and condemning) the emergency management takeover of cities like Benton Harbor (89 percent Black); Inkster (73 percent Black); and Pontiac (52 percent Black); Michael Moore’s hometown of Flint, (53 percent Black); and, inevitably, Detroit (which The Nation claims it is 89 percent Black).
The end of democracy for Black-ruled cities is coming to Michigan, a state where 60 percent of the people on TANF/Welfare are Black. Only 14 percent of the overall population is Black.
The Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed into law sweeping welfare changes last year, that instantly removed 6,500 families in Detroit from the ranks of those receiving government assistance. Knowing who receives the bulk of the welfare in Michigan, it’s obvious that Black people were impacted the most by these austerity measures.
The New York Times editorial notes that the “Auto Industry received a bailout, but Detroit was left behind.” Wrong. The majority of the citizens of Detroit subsist on handouts and EBT cards, as the taxpayer has been bailing out Black Detroit for decades. Every child now eats for free in school, another gift of the taxpayer.
There is no discernible return on investment for this act of benevolence, save for the government assisting higher rates of criminality by providing sustenance for the city’s inhabitants.
Remember this: when the steel industry collapsed in Pittsburgh, that industry wasn’t bailed out. The citizens of The Steel City rebuilt their economy into one that is attracting people from all over America. Consequently, it’s one of the whitest big cities in America.
Detroit? The only people the city attracts are those hoping to get-off to “Ruin Porn,” as the Black people who inherited the city were incapable of innovation and restructuring the economy there. Strange that white people who fled to the suburbs of Detroit didn’t have that problem.
Let this be said: Detroit was 75 percent white in 1960, and Black people at that time were roughly 24 percent of the population and were responsible for 66 percent of the violent crime. This is the reason white people flocked to outlying areas of the city, establishing economically thriving suburbs (and some of the top schools in all of Michigan) that were peaceful, while Detroit succumbed to world where the Black Undertow assumed power.
Though the city has almost half of the population it had when Black people engaged in the insurrection of 1967 (causing billions in damage, in today’s inflated currency), the crime rates, when adjusted for this decrease, haven’t changed dramatically.
Every lie told about equality and race dies with Detroit. The Nation, Mother Jones, and The New York Times writers understand this fact, with the belief in “race being a social construct” only believed by those with lying eyes at this point.
To look upon the ruins of Detroit and not understand this fact should be grounds for having your sanity checked. To understand that the other cities losing their autonomy to emergency managers are almost all-Black as well… you begin to understand why this Disingenuous White Liberal (DWL) publications are foaming at the mouth, rabid to misdirect the blame to the anyone but the Black people who run the cities and are responsible for creating and maintaining the local economies.
Here’s the NYT on the story:
No one, least of all the state, wants that to happen. In Michigan, emergency managers can break union contracts, fire city officials and sell off city assets. That has already begun in four other cities, all of them largely black, that the state has taken over in the last few years. Black officials and union leaders have charged that Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican elected in 2010, has an ideological and racial agenda, and taking over Detroit, which is 83 percent black, would only magnify the tension.
Chrysler’s gleaming Jefferson North plant on the east side of town does churn out Jeep Cherokees and Dodge Durangos, and President Obama noted in a speech last week that it has been adding new shifts. But it is not enough. Just blocks from the plant is some of America’s worst urban devastation, acre upon acre of vacant land, abandoned houses, burned-out stores. A city that held nearly two million people in the 1950s is now down to 714,000, more than a third of whom live in poverty.There are glimmers of hope on the city’s southwest side, where newcomers from Mexico and other countries have revived several avenues with restaurants, groceries and other stores. “More diversity, more immigrants — that’s the key for the future,” said Jordi Carbonell, born in Barcelona, who runs Café con Leche, a coffeehouse crowded with young patrons and laptops.But rebuilding the city with coffee cups will take too long, and Detroit is running out of time. Crime is going up, buses are breaking and left unrepaired, and the exodus continues. Even if City Hall can stave off a takeover with union givebacks, layoffs and pension cuts, it will only be for a short time.The solution may be in the suburbs that have siphoned off Detroit’s money and jobs and talent for decades. A true emergency manager, as many people here have suggested, would have the power to begin merging the tax base of the city with that of suburban counties in hopes of saving the region. Bailouts can come in many different forms.
Newsflash to the New York Times : the white suburbs didn’t “siphon” off the money, jobs, and talents of Detroit. These citizens are the descendants of the very people who built Detroit, having been ethnically cleansed from the city via high rates of Black crime that made raising a family safely there an impossible task.
The suburbs are fine. The citizens there have been working to “bailout” the failures of Black people in Detroit via high taxation (Welfare, Section 8, and EBT cards) for far too long. The money wasted in Detroit should be going to strengthen their communities, not to the Black hole that is former “Arsenal of Democracy.”
Fitting that the concept of democracy blows up in that city.
Here’s The Nation:
The implications went beyond Benton Harbor. “Since the beginning of your administration, communities facing or under emergency management have doubled,” Michigan Forward and the NAACP wrote to the governor, citing a “failure of transparency and accountability” in the process of determining which jurisdictions need an emergency manager. The financial review team assigned to Detroit, for instance, had recently met in Lansing, nearly 100 miles away—“a clear example of exclusion and voter disenfranchisement,” according to the authors. On February 6 an Ingham County circuit judge ruled that the Detroit team’s meetings must be held in public.Of Detroit’s 713,777 residents, 89 percent are African-American. The city of Inkster (population 25,369), which recently got an EM, has a black population of 73 percent. Having EMs in both cities would mean that more than half the state’s black population would fall into the hands of unelected officials.* * *Everyone agrees that something must be done to “fix” Michigan’s struggling urban centers and school districts, although news of a $457 million surplus in early February prompted the state budget director to declare, “Things have turned.” But at what cost? In 2011 Governor Snyder stripped roughly $1 billion from statewide K-12 school funding and drastically reduced revenue sharing to municipalities. Combined with poor and sometimes corrupt leadership and frequently dysfunctional governments, these elements have brought Michigan cities to the brink of bankruptcy. Residents of the hardest-hit places have fled if they are able.The state’s first emergency managers—previously known as emergency financial managers—were appointed between 2000 and 2002 by Republican Governor John Engler in the cities of Hamtramck, Flint and Highland Park to prevent them from declaring bankruptcy. Although all eventually left when their job was done—the last in 2009—all three cities are back in the red. In January the Highland Park School District was assigned an EM. (That city—population 11,776—is 93.5 percent African-American.) Others followed, in Ecorse, Benton Harbor and Pontiac, as well as Detroit public schools.
Why, oh why is it always Black people who fail? Why, oh why is it always elected Black people being brought up for ethics violations (cue The Atlantic and their lament of the investigations of the Congressional Black Caucus)And finally, here’s Mother Jones:
“We haven’t seen anything this severe anywhere else in the country,” says Charles Monaco, a spokesman for the Progressive States Network, a New York-based advocacy group. “There’s been nothing in other states where a budget measure overturns the democratic vote.” Williams says emergency managers are able to enact draconian policies that would cost most city officials their jobs: “They couldn’t get elected if they tried.”Benton Harbor, Ecorse, and Flint are also currently under emergency management. In Flint, the emergency manager has promised to restructure collective bargaining agreements with the city’s police and firefighters unions. Benton Harbor’s emergency manager banned elected officials from appearing at city meetings without his consent. Detroit, which is facing a more than $150 million budget shortfall, could be next: Mayor Dave Bing has proposed laying off 1,000 city workers and wrung concessions from public-sector unions in hopes of preventing Gov. Snyder from appointing an emergency manager.
The iconoclastic Occidental Dissent broke down the reliance that Black people in Michigan have on the EBT card (using outdated 2009 data), showcasing that a growing majority of them have their grocery bills bailed out each month.
There’s a reason that Detroit has become a primary subject matter here at SBPDL and that it will continue to be discussed: the curtain falling on ABRA in not only Detroit, but in Black-run cities throughout Michigan reveals once again that nature can only be tossed out for so long. Ignoring her and collectively shutting our eyes to her fury and might doesn’t mean you can’t feel nature’s presence.
She’ll return with a vengeance.
In a hilarious review of Robocop 2 from a People magazine dated July 2, 1990, Ralph Novak laments the racial undertones of the movie:
The movie is also a vile insult to Detroit. The character of the city’s black mayor, played by Willard Pugh, borders on racist: He’s so inarticulate, panicky and given to running away that you half expect him to say, “Feets, do yo’ stuff.”
Knowing that nearly 50 percent of the city of Detroit is illiterate, and that the Black mayor of Southfield Brenda Lawrence touts something called Revolution Read as the key to that cities future prosperity, the character of Willard Pugh is perhaps the most honest casting of Black person in the history of cinema.
Though if you read the “You’re Gonna Be a Bad Motherfucker”: Robocop’s Racial Subtexts essay from “The Souls of Cyberfolk: Posthumanism as Vernacular Theory” by Thomas Foster, you’ll get a better understanding of the white privilege endemic in the Robocop films.
The hour draws near. The End of History is only the beginning.
Sadly, conservatives will scream that liberalism ruined Detroit stating that Democrats or Unions are to blame for the similar fiasco’s in the other cites of Michigan that emergency managers now run. All the while, the lily-white suburbs of Detroit flourish.
It’s time to open your eyes, people. Stop lying to yourself.
Join the ranks of Those Who Can See. The New York Times, The Nation, and Mother Jones understand what this moment is all about.
It’s time we all do as well.
The end of ABRA in Detroit is the ultimate chance to roll back Black-Run America (BRA) everywhere.
The words of Frank Owen from the article “Detroit, Death City,” found in the August 2004 issue of Playboy (they really do have great articles) is apt to close this piece:
If Detroit were a character in a novel, it wouldn’t be believable. What madness could possess a civilization to construct such a grand and magnificent place and then, within half a century, to obliterate so thoroughly what it had created? What talking about the state of Detroit, one is tempted to compare it to a natural disaster – some earthquake that laid waste to the landscape. Except there’s nothing natural about what has happened to Detroit in the past 30-plus years. Humans built this city, and humans – an unholy and unconscious alliance of fat-cat businessmen and street-corner criminals – destroyed it. (p. 61-62)
Mr. Owen, it was white people who built Detroit. It was Black people who killed it. Same goes for Birmingham, Alabama, and Memphis, Tennessee. Richmond, Virginia too.
Same goes for Milwaukee and Baltimore. Same goes for Philadelphia.
Detroit is believable when you understand that the lessons of the city’s demise are being played out all across America.
Once you go Black, you never go back. Well, unless you live in Michigan, where the concept of democracy ends when financial martial law is declared.
History is about to begin again.