C'mon now. You know there is a substantial amount of Detroit Citizens, if not an outright majority, that would think that the Emergency Manager would
be imposition from "outside" and would fight against it.
I generally agree with you that there is certainly a real element of divide between the suburbs and the city. This divide is deep and wide. Much of
this is rooted in an ugly history of racism and hostility on both sides of the table. After the riots in the 60's, the city was fundamentally and
permanently changed politically, culturally, and ethnically.
But, think about it for a moment. Most of these citizens of the city can hardly read or write. Few are employed. Most live hand to mouth. They
care most about their day to day survival.
The citizens of Detroit might welcome outside intervention if they had all of the facts as to the nature of the intervention being proposed. There
are a number of well-known and outspoken media types that pretend to "speak for the people", and I don't think that they necessarily speak for
every citizen in the city.
I do believe that most citizens, if properly educated, would welcome any opportunity to improve their personal safety and economic situation. Rebuild
infrastructure? Most would say yes. Reduce crime? You would get a majority vote. Bring jobs to Detroit? A resounding yes.
The reason I blame this squarely on the citizens and voters of Detroit is that they allowed this to continue with their election of their officials.
Mayor Bing is right, there IS a sense of entitlement that pervades the City.
Yes, but you are blaming a citizenry that is uneducated, illiterate, unemployed, and surrounded by gangs, violence, and hopelessness. This is all
that they know. No one has taught them any different.
It's easy as an outsider to point the finger at the citizens. I assure you, these people need our prayers, support, and compassion, and not our
If you really want to get down to the nuts and bolts of it, it's the breakdown of the traditional family unit that is causing the decline that we see
Agreed. This is a major issue. There are deep rooted and long-term historical and cultural reasons as to why the traditional family has broken down
No one in Detroit wants to face the reality,
Yes. It's a pretty grim reality. Few leaders have the ability to cope with the incredible dynamics of the situation: an uneducated, unemployed
populace; a racial divide; a crumbling infrastructure; a massive crime wave; a state and federal government that turns a blind eye. You would have to
be a leader of titanic proportions to even attempt to solve this crisis.