Skip to comments.Detroit Betrayed: The Radical Wrecking Of An Iconic City
Posted on 01/14/2013 7:23:13 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Sometimes its better to tell a story backwards, from end to beginning. This story ends on December 10, 2012, when President Obama traveled to Michigana state with unemployment over 9 percent. He made a stop in Detroit, Michigans largest city, which is bankrupt. There, Obama made the ironic boast: You only have to look to Michigan where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry to see how unions have helped build not just a stronger middle class but a stronger America.
Of course, the auto industry, like much of the rest of Detroit, is in ruins. This is the state of the city and its main industry at the end of the story.
Flashback some 20-plus years, to 1988, when Howard Johnsonwho had been one of the leading communists in Harlem during the Great Depressiontold interviewer Kay Takora about his return home from World War II: I came back into activity in the Communist Party . I at first became county educational director. New York county was the biggest county organization. From 46 to 49. And during that same period, I was assigned to help build a national Negro veterans organization which was called the United Negro and Allied Veterans of America [UNAVA]. And that had the backing of the party and I was assigned by the party to work in that along with my duties as educational director of the county organization.
Howard Johnson continued, eventually bringing the conversation to Detroit, and to Detroits mayor, Coleman Young: When UNAVA was formed, I was elected national vice-commander in charge of education, which fit my training, and the other national vice-commander was Coleman Young, who was national vice-commander in charge of labor.
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Very good article from a history student who shows that there are still some very good lib arts departments out there. Even in New York.
That’s funny. Are you going to the show?
I only go to Detroit for baseball games.
Every Republican press conference should be held in Detroit.
The city that ambition built and greed tore down.
In 1968,1969 &1970 I was working at Chrysler’s Eldon Ave. Axle Plant on the 3RD. shift. Every night we had from 10 to 20 new hires arrive at our gate entrance ready for work.When lunch came(and sometimes before it)many of these new hires would exit our gates and quit, because the job was to hard or whatever? They’d just go down the street to Plymouth Assembly or to Chevy Gear and Axle and get hired as new employees. Jobs were that plentiful then. When I retired in 1995 these once plentiful jobs were being raffled off and most of the job raffle winners went to UAW Union reps kids?
Now Detroit is an economic waste land:not recognizable by me or any other ex Chrysler, GM or Ford retirees?
I’d bet that many of these new hire quitters(in retrospect)would now/then reconsider there foolish folly of quitting a job before it really actually began? Now a days job applicants would literally stand on their heads to acquire big 3 manufacturing jobs like those that were plentiful during my time at the big 3.
I haven’t been to Detroit in over 45 years. From everything I’ve read I see no reason to go now.
At the current rate of decline Detroit will be able to change names, and officially become “Hell” in a few years.
You might be surprised. Detroit actually has a bit of a fighting chance with the state in GOP hands and Detroit increasingly under state control.
The democrats just handed the crack addict a blank check, the republicans are controlling how money is spent.
Having recently reviewed Detroit’s public literacy statistics, I’d be very surprised.
Back when I was in school, there was a rumor that “TheMan” had introduced crack to Detroit, to wipe out the black population.
It is true, except TheMan is a group of progressive liberals, from both the Republican and Democratic parties.
They have always been looking under the wrong beds, for the wrong boggie-dy man.
bad as democrats are
any city with those demographics is doomed
Memphis and my hometown of Jackson MS are two big examples too
my hometown 50 years ago was 75% white and had been 100% democrat since Occupation and functioned fairly nice actually...in fact it was bucolic and a great traditional safe place to grow up
Now it's exactly like Detroit...demographic shift
folks who haven't lived it simply will never understand
my children view 80% of Jackson proper as a set for the Walking Dead series...desolate and decay with goblins lounging in the street all day...it is unbelievable...soon enough there will be 100s and 100s of vacant acres...we saw one church steeple fallen over off West Capital street...just collapsed..100 feet high...in an area near the Zoo that was once bustling middle and some upper middle class homes on that street and Clinton blvd and nay even a Country Club...now a veritable wasteland
i was just there to pick up my elderly aunt to bring back to middle TN and every time I am there I wish I could take some daft preachy freepers with me for a tour and a history lesson
i can think of several that could really use it
Hehe, I ended up getting a job at Mound Road Engine in 2000, had to jump through some flaming hoops to get that job. 13 years later, and the plant is now a parking lot, literally. Most of the people I worked with believed they were entitled to the job they had, being the kids of the life long employees working there. Man, did they get a rude awakening.
Oh did you see the Macinaw Centers and all the "Right Wing Groups" proposal for Belle Isle the other day?
Yes, take it away from Detroit and make it a Territory of the US and a Tax Free Zone and you have to buy into it for $300,000 large as a magnet for entrepreneurs. Give-me's for starving artist etc to get in that can't afford the nut.
As you can imagine the Detwaa City Coucil blew a head gasket!
LOL!! screw um if they can't take a good idea!!!
It is a fantastic idea, I can link but can't post, it was in the verboten Detwaa newspaper....
There is no doubt that Coleman Young was a Vice Commander.
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