Just for everyone’s information I consider myself and “Equal Opportunity Offender” meaning I try to offend everyone equally, hence I don’t buy
into the race card ever being played.
I was born and raised in the Detroit area, first generation here. I have also had the good fortune of traveling and working all over the world, so I
am in now way sheltered. We have multi-level issues from losing industrial industry, to racial tensions.
What most people don’t know about Detroit currently is that most of the large buildings downtown, and deserted neighborhoods that are being leveled,
have been purchased by very wealthy entities. This same wealthy group has already spent billions and billions for redevelopment, some of which have
already been completed. Why, If Detroit is such a S-hole?
There are many things going on in the Detroit area, on many levels, but change is constantly happening for the better.
It started to simmer long before the 1967 riots, because of the racial divide that had grown for years between whites and blacks, but in early hours
on July 23, 1967 the beginning of mass exodus from Detroit of whites was about to begin.
The 12th Street riot was a civil disturbance in Detroit that began in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 23, 1967. The precipitating event
was a police raid of an unlicensed, after-hours bar then known as a blind pig, on the corner of 12th and Clairmount streets on the city's Near West
Side. Police confrontations with patrons and observers on the street evolved into one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in American history,
lasting five days and surpassing the violence and property destruction of Detroit's 1943 race riot, which occurred 24 years earlier
To help end the disturbance, Governor George Romney ordered the Michigan National Guard into Detroit, and President Lyndon B. Johnson sent in Army
troops. The result was forty-three dead, 467 injured, over 7,200 arrests, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed.
From the end of the riots most non-whites began moving out, since the hatred was still festering on both sides and the suburbs had much to offer.
Since 1974 to nearly the present Detroit has been plagued by extremely corrupt Mayor’s the first being Mayor Coleman Young, and then his predecessor
who is now in Jail (Kwame Kilpatrick), there was another Mayor after Coleman Young but they ran him out, due to his logical non-corrupt plans he had
for Detroit (Mayor Archer). Much of the federal, local and state money for years was embezzled by the previous administrations, thus pushing the
majority of sensible residents who had options out of the city, hence the slow delapitation of Detroit for over 40 plus years.
Currently, Detroit has an extremely strong Mayor at the helm now (Dave Bing), What I can say is the current Mayor of Detroit is a fine businessman,
successful on every level and Mayor who is cleaning the city up on a scale never seen before, unfortunately he is having to deal with legacy issues of
the previous administrations, but seems to be doing it very well. Mayor Bing is heavy handed at times, but that is what is currently needed and be
received well by the majority of Detroit residents.
Commercial and residential areas that needed to be torn down and cleaned up are happening, 30,000+ homes are slated to be torn down in the next 18
months. Yes Detroit has inner city areas that look like small open farm areas now, but it was better than dilapidated houses and debris
Another thing many people outside of Detroit, Michigan don’t see, is that it’s currently being bought up by some of the wealthiest people in the
world, starting with Mike and Marian Ilitch founders of Little Caesars pizza to start. And many more who are currently unnamed as international
corporations, but swallowing up large chucks of Detroit. Some of the run down areas have already been complete transformed into brand new
neighborhoods, but we have a long way to go.
People keep running from problems and blaming others, but the fact is this is just a mirror of our own selves whether we are black, white, red,
yellow, or whatever race. The problems will always follow us wherever we go and try to hide.
What we now see is the poor blacks who have been displaced by the lack of housing, now in the inner city of Detroit, are now moving into other cities,
many of which are not in Michigan, so problems don’t go away they just seem to travel new areas.
As a county we focus on destruction and enforcing democracy in other countries, but in retrospect we can’t even tend the sheep and mend our own
houses we have here. What hypocrisy, it is to the highest and most arrogant degree.
With all of the trillions of dollars we have spend, a portion would have help to educate the ignorant masses that need to learn a new way of life, but
we spend trillions on wars, and 50 to 100k per inmate, instead of a proactive approach community approach. People need to work together again.
I went to schools here in the Detroit area, and was fortunate enough to go to both public and private institutions, the private institutions had both
white, black, Hispanic, etc…but the inner city schools in Detroit were predominately black and in complete chaos. A few black families chose to
send their children to private Catholic schools and make huge sacrifices to give their children a stable learning environment, this was 30 years ago.
The results, well those young black children that I still remain close to today, are productive members of society and all hold high paying jobs, so
what does this tell us?
It’s all mainly about a stable educational systems, with parents that actually care about their children, people need a sense of pride and
stability, but what we give many poor people these days is pity and welfare. Once people are in this state of,” I deserve this handout”, it is
hard to get out (Victim Mentality).
Detroit is actually in better condition than it was 5 years ago, not from an economic standpoint but from a cleanup standpoint and getting better
every day. Yes, a hidden agenda seems to remain for downtown property and neighborhoods close by, but it is taking people that care to transform this
once thriving city into a new way of life.
In conclusion, Detroit will never be the same, nor will any other city because that is the dynamics of the world in which we live, constant change.
Most people in this world run from problems, because they don't know how to solve them or even want to, but the fact of the matter is, no matter where
you run problems will follow. One day people will tire of running, and the problems will have grown so big and disproportionate that they will not
have the energy to deal with the issues, well kind of like the situation we are all in now "World Wide"
Detroit is a just mirror of everyone of us, our current mind set, where ever we are right now. Dilapidation is not just buildings and physical
structures, but internal as well, and that is what most people are feeling now worldwide and why they resonate/relate with Detroit’s falling
structures. It is up to each individual to live in the “Now” because every day we get up and begin a new moment, new beginning, and learning
from the our past and doing what is internally right, can now mold our futures for the better.
Many people cry and continue to cry over spilled milk, but what is done is done, if we all run around with a victim mentality, then that is all we
will ever be. Let’s chose a different path and empower ourselves so we actually have a chance to change our lives for the better, so what do you
choose? A Victim Role, or Self-Empowerment.
Happy New Year I have faith because I choose Self-Empowerment
Signing off from Detroit
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