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Salon: Detroit is Bankrupt Because Racists Like Sean Hannity Hate Motown Music
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Posted on 08/02/2013 6:41:08 PM PDT by chessplayer

Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir has fingered the main culprits behind Detroit’s bankruptcy. According to him, it’s none other than Fox News host Sean Hannity and all his fellow racist conservatives who were threatened by Smokey Robinson.

In his July 27 screed for Salon headlined “Why the Right Hates Detroit” O’Hehir claimed the fall of big cities like Detroit and New Orleans had less to do with longtime Democratic rule and more to do with the right’s desire, as seen in the “coded racism of Sean Hannity” to punish the cities that spawned “the worldwide revolution symbolized by hot jazz, Smokey Robinson dancin’ to keep from cryin’ and Eminem trading verses with Rihanna.”

The following is the relevant excerpt from the July 27 Salon article:

Is it pure coincidence that these two landmark cities, known around the world as fountainheads of the most vibrant and creative aspects of American culture, have become our two direst examples of urban failure and collapse? If so, it’s an awfully strange one.

I’m tempted to propose a conspiracy theory: As centers of African-American cultural and political power and engines of a worldwide multiracial pop culture that was egalitarian, hedonistic and anti-authoritarian, these cities posed a psychic threat to the most reactionary and racist strains in American life. I mean the strain represented by Tom Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby” (imagine what he’d have to say about New Orleans jazz) or by the slightly more coded racism of Sean Hannity today. As payback for the worldwide revolution symbolized by hot jazz, Smokey Robinson dancin’ to keep from cryin’ and Eminem trading verses with Rihanna, New Orleans and Detroit had to be punished. Specifically, they had to be isolated, impoverished and almost literally destroyed, so they could be held up as examples of what happens when black people are allowed to govern themselves.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: chapter9; detroit; michigan; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; rosemaryaquillina
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I despise Hannity, but this is silly.
1 posted on 08/02/2013 6:41:08 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

They know Hannity so well that they know his taste in music?


2 posted on 08/02/2013 6:43:21 PM PDT by doc1019 (Get our troops the hell out of the ME)
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To: chessplayer

The irony, perhaps lost on the dumb@ss author, is that Motown bolted for the West Coast in 1972.


3 posted on 08/02/2013 6:44:14 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: chessplayer

The clear message is “No matter what happens, or who does it I, black people, and “progressives” or Democrats are never ever responsible for anything.”


4 posted on 08/02/2013 6:45:08 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: chessplayer

Actually there is still some good music coming out of Detroit. Earlier today I was talking about Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker. It ain’t motown but that’s OK because those white boys are actually trying to do things for the city rather than sitting around and bitching.


5 posted on 08/02/2013 6:46:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: chessplayer
As payback for the worldwide revolution symbolized by hot jazz, Smokey Robinson dancin’ to keep from cryin’ and Eminem trading verses with Rihanna, New Orleans and Detroit had to be punished.

6 posted on 08/02/2013 6:47:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: chessplayer

I despise Hannity...

...on what grounds, might I ask...?


7 posted on 08/02/2013 6:48:25 PM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: doc1019

They know Hannity so well that they know his taste in music?

..don’t know about that, but apparently there are some on this forum who know him well enough to despise him...


8 posted on 08/02/2013 6:50:26 PM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: chessplayer

Didn’t the Jazz move their team to Utah? Dang Mormons...


9 posted on 08/02/2013 6:51:19 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor < still > has no pedigree.)
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10 posted on 08/02/2013 6:53:10 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: IrishBrigade

Good point.


11 posted on 08/02/2013 6:54:05 PM PDT by doc1019 (Get our troops the hell out of the ME)
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To: chessplayer

Coded racism? What the Hell does that even mean?

Anyway, Hannity likes country, I don’t.

I like some old Motown. Let’s enjoy some.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIdIqbv7SPo

Bill Withers. Awesome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBR2G-iI3-I

Gloria Gaynor. Magnificent!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1eOsMc2Fgg

Roberta Flack. Art!

Whatever black singers are producing today, I don’t even know what it is. Jay Z? What is that? Beyoncé? Without talent. Nicki Minaj? False, everything is false.

Now I am just upsetting myself. Time to listen to some more old school.


12 posted on 08/02/2013 6:56:27 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chessplayer
This has got to be the prime example of the Leftists' 'say anything' theory.

I mean, I LMAO at this crap! Whoo!

Unbelievable!

13 posted on 08/02/2013 6:56:43 PM PDT by W. (Still workin' on it.)
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To: chessplayer

Some of my favorite acts are Motown. I grew up in the New Orleans area.

Democrats ruined both towns. Democrats who abused identity politics specifically.


14 posted on 08/02/2013 6:57:47 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: chessplayer

Detroit was doomed a long time ago....From a old song:

Hey, Mama, is it true what the say, that Papa never worked a day in his life?
And Mama, they talk all around town say that
Papa had three outside children and another wife
And that ain’t right.
Heard them talkin’ about Papa doing some storefront preachin’
Talkin’ about saving your souls and all the time leechin’.
And stealin’ in the name of the Lord
Mama just hung her head and said.....


15 posted on 08/02/2013 6:58:11 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: chessplayer

The far left politicizes everything and will demonize any personal preference if it fits their prejudice and worldview. I wouldn’t be shocked if we soon see an article branding as racists people who favor vanilla ice cream over chocolate.


16 posted on 08/02/2013 7:00:13 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: marktwain

A ‘Progressive’ I argue with says that “People know who their friends are.”
This ‘Conservatives hate (fill in the blank) is the propaganda tactic du jour coming down the pike just in time for the 2014 election.
What do you do? Beg for forgiveness? Yeah, right!


17 posted on 08/02/2013 7:01:15 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: IrishBrigade

I stopped listening to Hannity radio because he has too many libs on his show. The back and forth is simply silly. His TV show is often a shout match between two or three people.


18 posted on 08/02/2013 7:02:15 PM PDT by Bronzy
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To: chessplayer

Leftists are simply insane


19 posted on 08/02/2013 7:05:19 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: chessplayer

How did Sean Hannity and right-wingers “punish” Detroit and New Orleans? These people are nuts, and the MSM NEVER call them on it. This crap just keeps coming out day after day, week after week, year after year, and they get a pass. But any gaffe or overreaction by the right - Limbaugh’s “slut”comment - is immediately elevated to a national story and a national debate about the “incivility” of the right.


20 posted on 08/02/2013 7:07:54 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: chessplayer

I grew up with Motown and have a rather large collection of the stuff. In fact, I can synch with most songs, even in falsetto, and can kick-ass with finger snaps and back-up motions. That said, I am a racist by WH and race monger definitions.

Who am I?


21 posted on 08/02/2013 7:10:15 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (You hear it here first.)
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To: chessplayer; Revolting cat!
One of the musicians behind Motown's sound.


22 posted on 08/02/2013 7:10:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: chris37

Modern Detroit Music is surprisingly good.

Kid Rock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu3rsha1ZtI

Uncle Kracker (snicker)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06WM8oLH87M


23 posted on 08/02/2013 7:13:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: IrishBrigade

I am Scots-Irish and I like Hannity, sometimes.

I also like some of the Motown music.

The author of this tripe is just another lib loon. I don’t know how some of these fools keep from drooling themselves dry.


24 posted on 08/02/2013 7:14:57 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: chessplayer
Big Media squeezed out “independents” like Motown (moved it to LA then it got swallowed up by MCA) and Imperial, Ace, and other legendary local labels (Stax in Memphis, Chess in Chicago).

And with the big players being the only game in the media world (they effectively block any startup outsiders out of radio, television, magazine covers, film soundtracks, etc.) those young entrepreneurs who establish powerhouse local businesses heard around the world never get exposure.

Jack White/The White Stripes got mainstream exposure (he was out of Detroit as well) when Virgin reissued his independent catalog (released by Sympathy For The Record Industry on a handshake, no contract) and added the "hit single" to the reissue version of the LP.

Sympathy wasn't even small town, it was an LA label but still outsider.

25 posted on 08/02/2013 7:16:22 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: chessplayer
As centers of African-American cultural and political power and engines of a worldwide multiracial pop culture that was egalitarian, hedonistic and anti-authoritarian, these cities posed a psychic threat to the most reactionary and racist strains in American life.

REV. SHARPTON: COMMITTED OF MAKING SENSE. OF AND BY TO THE SENSELESS. MUCH.

26 posted on 08/02/2013 7:18:07 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: chessplayer

I think the real music left Detroit on purpose. Its what they turned it into, and if Hannity doesn’t like today’s what passes as music, he can join millions of others. To me Rap is Crap and annoying. Give me back the Ink Spots and the Temptations.


27 posted on 08/02/2013 7:19:45 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: chessplayer
“... these cities posed a psychic threat to the most reactionary and racist strains in American life...”

That is just BS, pure and simple. Anyone who would say that is mentally lacking.

28 posted on 08/02/2013 7:21:01 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: chessplayer

No mention of Memphis. As the song (not from any of those cities) goes, I guess two out of three ain’t bad.


29 posted on 08/02/2013 7:22:07 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: chessplayer

One could plot Detroit’s rise and fall through its music. Motown was definitely the peak, then a long downhill slide into rap. The musical eras coincide pretty well with peak and decline of the culture.


30 posted on 08/02/2013 7:22:12 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: chessplayer
"As centers of African-American cultural and political power and engines of a worldwide multiracial pop culture that was egalitarian, hedonistic and anti-authoritarian, these cities posed a psychic threat to the most reactionary and racist strains in American life. I mean the strain represented by Tom Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby” (imagine what he’d have to say about New Orleans jazz) or by the slightly more coded racism of Sean Hannity today."

As a kid, my favorite musicians were The Animals, The Rolling Stones, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, The Doors, The Ronettes, and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others. Most of these acts were "hedonistic" and "anti-authoritarian," and were either black or heavily influenced by black music. I don't even know what this moron means by "egalitarian" in music, and he probably doesn't either. He's just full of crap.
31 posted on 08/02/2013 7:23:35 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: cripplecreek

Alright, lemme give these a listen.

Also, I do not even know if the songs that I listed are actually Motown or not. I just kind of refer to all older black music as Motown, out of sheer ignorance on my part, but there is some very, very good music from that period of time.


32 posted on 08/02/2013 7:25:51 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chessplayer
"I’m not exempting the Democratic political class of those cities from responsibility. Speaking broadly, those in city government there inherited an unsustainable situation in a downward-trending economy, pursued their own short-term objectives and only made things worse."

Apparently Sean Hannity's imagined demonic powers are far more powerful than the actual processes and motivations he documents himself here.

33 posted on 08/02/2013 7:27:46 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: chessplayer

I’ve said this a hundred times on here, but it bears repeating:

“Just when you think the left can’t get any stupider . . . “


34 posted on 08/02/2013 7:32:16 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (LEAVE THE ZIMMERMANS ALONE . . . NOT guilty . . .you LOST Now SHUT UP)
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To: chessplayer

Sean just can’t dance.


35 posted on 08/02/2013 7:35:27 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: cripplecreek

Damn I really enjoyed both of those tunes. That was some really good American flavor right there.

Thank you kindly for the links, cripplecreek^^


36 posted on 08/02/2013 7:35:28 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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these people drive around in their foreign cars claiming to support American labor and blame the people that work and purchase US made products for the problems facing the city they ran into bankruptcy.


37 posted on 08/02/2013 7:37:40 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: chessplayer

Andrew O’Hehir - film critic

38 posted on 08/02/2013 7:38:25 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: musicman
B T T T ! ! ! ©

39 posted on 08/02/2013 7:42:25 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: chris37

Uncle Kracker was on FOX and Friends this morning and Geraldo couldn’t resist commenting on the “unfortunate” name Kracker chose. UK said that its been “hard in the yard” for a long time in Detroit and everybody knew this bankruptcy was coming some day.

Kid Rock’s born free video sparked a mini tourism boom where he filmed the beach and cliff scenes in the upper peninsula.


40 posted on 08/02/2013 7:43:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: chessplayer

This it the second place I’ve seen this. I heard it through the grapevine.


41 posted on 08/02/2013 7:45:07 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: chessplayer

Some times you’ve got to stop singing and dancing and do some work.


42 posted on 08/02/2013 7:50:46 PM PDT by DManA
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To: kcvl
Andrew O’Hehir

More like Andrew NoHair.

43 posted on 08/02/2013 7:55:04 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: chessplayer

It was rap and hip hop that destroyed Motown, I was there.


44 posted on 08/02/2013 7:55:48 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: chessplayer

C’mon man, despise? that’s kinda harsh. I think Hannity’s a milquetoast. I kringe ever time he sucks up to McCain and I suppose he’s trying to appear objective. However, you’re right, despise, I dunno, no balls, okay, I’ll go with that.


45 posted on 08/02/2013 7:57:26 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC M6A2)
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To: chessplayer
Specifically, they had to be isolated, impoverished and almost literally destroyed, so they could be held up as examples of what happens when black people are allowed to govern themselves.

Detroit and New Orleans are perfect examples of what happens when black people are allowed to govern themselves.

46 posted on 08/02/2013 8:02:39 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto
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To: chessplayer

You just have to laugh at crap like this.


47 posted on 08/02/2013 8:05:30 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: DManA
Or at least sing about something other than hos and killing cops.

Modern white singers from Detroit actually sing praises for Detroit.

Bought some cheap shades at the Amoco Station

They make me feel like I'm on vacation

On my own island, Motor City paradise


Uncle Kracker
48 posted on 08/02/2013 8:05:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: IrishBrigade

I despise Hannity...

...on what grounds, might I ask...?


He’s a grade A full-of-himself jerk. And an insecure jerk at that. His ego needs to be massaged continually. And now for the last 3 nights he’s been on a crying jag because Al Sharpton said something about him he didn’t like. He’s in his full blown “oh, poor little old me” routine and virtually begging guests to back him up. And he’s a chickenhawk. I usually hate that word, but it describes him perfectly. Always eager for military action here, there, or wherever, but serving in the military himself was beneath him.


49 posted on 08/02/2013 8:06:34 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
harpton said something about him he didn’t like.

Considering how many times Hannity had him on his show and always introduced him as, "My very good friend, the reverend Al Sharpton"

50 posted on 08/02/2013 8:12:18 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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