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Racism at the root of Detroit's issues, Michigan Roundtable attendees say
MLive ^ | 3/31/2014

Posted on 04/02/2014 2:46:19 AM PDT by Altura Ct.

Inequity is a problem minorities in Detroit face on several fronts, attendees of the Michigan Roundtable Equity Action Summit Saturday at Detroit's Cobo Center said.

The all-day event involved the sharing of stories from people who said they are victims of the unfair systems that punish blacks and other minorities related to public transportation, housing and the criminal justice system. Groups talked about the issues and developed strategies to resolve them.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Baack Obama's Chicago pastor whose known for controversial sermons damning America and saying the government brought 9/11 upon itself, was the keynote speaker.

Monica Lewis Patrick led a discussion on criminal justice inequity and says racism, institutionalized and overt, is a big factor behind the issues discussed.

"We have crime and then we have the perception of crime," she said. "A lot of people, based on the media outlet, has really shaped this labeling of Detroit as the worst place to live from the perspective of people tat live in the city, but then for people that are considered the hipsters or the new crowd, there are all these wonderful spaces that they've identified and they identify them as though they're not places within the city of Detroit.

"You would think that Midtown was an entity unto itself," she said. "Midtown is a label that was put on Cass Corridor and it was relabeled to make outsiders feel more comfortable ... "

Patrick says the city devotes an uneven amount of its resources, such as policing, in areas like Midtown in an effort to support gentrification.

Meanwhile, she said, they are over-policing the neighborhoods and treating longtime residents like they are the criminals.

She says "the one percent," people like the Koch brothers, Dick Devos and Mike Illitch are trying to "commandeer control" control of Detroit.

"I think racism is a mechanism to create division because their whole goal is to get us to draw a line in the sand along race, along religion, along sexual identity," she said. If we buy into it they would have you think that the urban centers are off on an island unto themselves and those who live in the suburbs and predominantly white communities are the only civilized" ones.

The discussions resulted in strategies to help the less fortunate empower themselves

For example, Patrick talked about a plan for organizations to pool their own buses and vans to create a citywide transportation system for the elderly and impoverished outside of the currently existing public transit, which she said is woefully inadequate.

According to attendees, the event drew several hundred people, though the number had dwindled to less than 75 by the time the event concluded at 4:30 p.m.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: blackkk; casscorridor; demagogicparty; demagogues; detroit; dickdevos; gentrification; jeremiahwright; kochbrothers; michigan; midtown; mikeillitch; monicalewispatrick; victimhood
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Hmmm... Detroit is about 85% black and has been run by blacks for decades.

Racism! When you can't and won't take responsibility for what you do.

1 posted on 04/02/2014 2:46:19 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

Ah, racism — of course, that’s the problem.

~~~Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Barack Obama’s Chicago pastor whose known for controversial sermons damning America and saying the government brought 9/11 upon itself, was the keynote speaker.~~~

Ah, a more fitting ‘keynote’ speaker could not have been selected.


2 posted on 04/02/2014 2:52:20 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Altura Ct.

Who did the proofreading on this? A five-year-old?


3 posted on 04/02/2014 2:53:36 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Altura Ct.

It’s the perception of racism which is the problem, not racism itself. Adopting a victimhood mentality does no one any good, just stirs up a lot of anger.


4 posted on 04/02/2014 2:54:33 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Altura Ct.

what a steaming pile of crap


5 posted on 04/02/2014 2:58:37 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Altura Ct.

Exactly.....this tripe is about as honest as is the typical Democrat argument against making a voter prove who he/she is.

The audacity (to borrow Obama’s word) is astounding, really. I’d no more give credence to any of this childish rhetoric than I would to a two-year old with a poopy diaper on a sugar high.


6 posted on 04/02/2014 3:01:45 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Altura Ct.

Racism?

BULL. SH*T.

“Racism” has become the catch word for every half-baked character who views Black criminality, Black failures at education, Black failures at achievement, Black failures at ambition, Black failures in business, Black failures in careers, and seeks to excuse sub-standard Black performance by fobbing it all off on someone else.

Society is NOT to blame for your shortcomings, you weak-minded parasites!


7 posted on 04/02/2014 3:02:42 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Altura Ct.

Just shiftin’ da blame...


8 posted on 04/02/2014 3:05:56 AM PDT by jughandle
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To: Altura Ct.

Projection. Racists see racism everywhere.


9 posted on 04/02/2014 3:09:48 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Altura Ct.

Proving once again that blacks are their own worst enemy.


10 posted on 04/02/2014 3:17:09 AM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: F15Eagle

F15Eagle, I was thinking the same thing. This appears to be an article written and edited by school kids, which probably says more about Detroit, today, than the actual shoddy content.


11 posted on 04/02/2014 3:43:14 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Let me see if I got this straight...

Blacks have had pretty much unhindered control of Detroit since Coleman Young was elected some time in the 1970s (’74 maybe?) and Detroit’s problems are “racist?”

O.K. That works for me but not the way the “Roundtable Equity Action Summit” thinks...

*fail*


12 posted on 04/02/2014 3:43:41 AM PDT by Peet (The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. - Aristotle)
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To: Altura Ct.

“According to attendees, the event drew several hundred people, though the number had dwindled to less than 75 by the time the event concluded at 4:30 p.m.”

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Could it be that most of the attendees became tired of listening to the same old baloney?


13 posted on 04/02/2014 3:55:58 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Altura Ct.

Please cite one city or nation run by Blacks that functions well.


14 posted on 04/02/2014 4:03:48 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Altura Ct.

Motown might follow in the shoes of Michael Jackson, administer cyproterone acetate at government schools and turn the boys into castrati. There would be an influx of wealth into Detroit from the music and dance, and most of their crime problems would be solved in one generation.


15 posted on 04/02/2014 4:04:23 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: Altura Ct.

“Patrick says the city devotes an uneven amount of its resources, such as policing, in areas like Midtown in an effort to support gentrification.

Meanwhile, she said, they are over-policing the neighborhoods and treating longtime residents like they are the criminals. “

That sounds like a complete contradiction to me.


16 posted on 04/02/2014 4:05:54 AM PDT by crude77
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To: Altura Ct.

They ran outta “other people’s” money because the “other people” done left town.


17 posted on 04/02/2014 4:10:58 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Aside from a few on the city council, I don't really see much racism in this situation. The democrats are starting to lose the city and are becoming desperate.

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18 posted on 04/02/2014 4:12:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Altura Ct.

When blacks stop blaming whitey and take a good hard look in the mirror, they will solve their issues.....


19 posted on 04/02/2014 4:12:58 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: fatnotlazy
Could it be that most of the attendees became tired of listening to the same old baloney?

No. After the free lunch was served, there was no sense in hanging around.

20 posted on 04/02/2014 4:13:48 AM PDT by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: jospehm20

You have to admit that the “Reverend” Jackson showed them how to make charges of racism pay off. His attacks on banks and S&Ls in the 1980’s were straight out of Alinsky’s playbook. Take a little greed, mix in a bit of white guilt, add a heaping spoonful of “they owe me” and threats of riots, and you make a very tidy profit.


21 posted on 04/02/2014 4:15:26 AM PDT by Pecos (The Chicago Way: Kill the Constitution, one step at a time.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Now is a good time to show the picture of the buildings in Europe 2000 years ago and the straw huts in Africa now.

Whitey is to blame for all of blacks problems. Yeah, it has been that way since the beginning of time.

Blacks took the keys to the city of Detroit. What have they done with it?


22 posted on 04/02/2014 4:16:49 AM PDT by boycott
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To: Popman

“When blacks stop blaming whitey and take a good hard look in the mirror, they will solve their issues...”

Some just prefer to research ways to continue siphoning money from white taxpayers long after they’ve fled. At this point they’ve chased out taxpayers on the city, county, and even state levels; they need Obama and the Democrats to nationalize the socialism that has run rampant in the northeast, upper midwest, and west coast so that taxpayers in “America” are feeding, housing, clothing, and schooling gibsmedats in those dying areas.

ObamaCare is simply the latest example of this.


23 posted on 04/02/2014 4:20:01 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Altura Ct.

“I think racism is a mechanism to create division because their whole goal is to get us to draw a line in the sand along race, along religion, along sexual identity,”
Um, sounds familiar for the first black president voter pep talk topics ah divisiveness tool box use.


24 posted on 04/02/2014 4:22:04 AM PDT by Recompennation (Constitutional protection for all not ju st selectively for Democrats.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Racism is a fig leaf to cover culture.

It was the corrupt, inept and racist black culture that destroyed DEEtroit.


25 posted on 04/02/2014 4:22:46 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: crude77
That sounds like a complete contradiction to me.

It is and the people are obviously figuring it out as displayed by the fact that the attendees wandered away before it was over. They know BS when they see it.
26 posted on 04/02/2014 4:25:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Altura Ct.

These people are all insane


27 posted on 04/02/2014 4:26:10 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Altura Ct.

They are professional victims. With solutions, they loose their jobs.


28 posted on 04/02/2014 4:31:18 AM PDT by Enten (I don't have islamophobia...I do have islamonausea)
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To: All
3/31/14 DETROIT FREE PRESS / How political corruption
deepened Detroit's crisis / By Tresa Baldas and Jim Schaefer

Kwame Fitzpatrick mug shot.

EDITED Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for running a "money-making racket" out of city hall that steered millions to himself, his family and friends while the impoverished city hobbled along.

Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 of 30 counts of extortion, racketeering, bribery. Prosecutors had argued he deserved stiff sentence because he never thought he did anything wrong

Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for running what the government called a money-making racket out of City Hall. Kilpatrick had steered millions to himself, family and friends while an impoverished Detroit hobbled along, prosecutors said.

Kilpatrick, 43, was found guilty March 11 on 24 of 30 counts of corruption, including five counts of extortion, racketeering, bribery and several mail, wire and tax fraud charges. On three counts he was found not guilty, and on the remaining three no verdict was reached.

Kilpatrick took bribes, misused nonprofit funds and "used his power as mayor ... to steer an astounding amount of business" to his friend and co-defendant, Bobby Ferguson, who also was convicted on charges of running a racket out of the mayor's office. He chose to waste his talents on personal aggrandizement and enrichment. We lost transparency. We lost accountability.

Judge Nancy Edmunds, U.S. District Court said she will recommend Kilpatrick be sent to a prison in Texas, where his family lives. The judge said Kilpatrick lived the high life, hosting lavish parties, accepting cash tributes and loading the city's payroll with friends and family.

"He chose to waste his talents on personal aggrandizement and enrichment," Edmunds said. "We lost transparency. We lost accountability. ... That way of business is over. We're done." Detroit's present mayor, David Bing, echoed that sentiment.

The involvement of city officials and others compounded the seriousness of Kilpatrick's crimes, Edmunds said. Thirty-four others, including Kilpatrick's father, have been convicted in this public corruption case. (Kwame's mother, Carolyn, was also jailed for corruption while serving in Congress).

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow called the Kilpatrick case one of the most significant cases of public corruption in the country. While Kilpatrick was mayor, Ferguson received more than $127 million in contracts, according to the government. Of that, at least $76 million in contracts were obtained illegally through the pair's extortion scheme, which involved elbowing competing contractors out of deals and shaking down others to cut Ferguson in on their contracts.

Contributing: Gina Damron and Tammy Stables Battaglia, Detroit Free Press

SOURCE http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/10/detroit-mayor-kwame-kilpatrick-sentencing/2958517/

What's next

• Friday: Kwame Kilpatrick's co-defendent and long-time friend, Bobby Ferguson will be sentenced at 10 a.m. on nine convictions including racketeering, bribery and extortion. Prosecutors have asked for a maximum 28-year sentence; the defense wants 10 years.

• Oct. 17: Kilpatrick's father, Bernard Kilpatrick, will be sentenced at 2 p.m. on a single tax charge. He faces up to three years in prison.

• Derrick Miller was Kilpatrick's former right-hand man and co-defendant who testified against the former mayor at trial. Miller pleaded guilty to bribery and tax evasion. He faces up to 10 years in prison but likely will receive a shorter sentence because of his co-operation.

• Victor Mercado, former head of the city water department, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and steering contracts to Ferguson. He faces up to 18 months in prison and a $100,000 fine.

29 posted on 04/02/2014 4:44:52 AM PDT by Liz
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To: bert
Monica Conyers is a perfect example of the racism that hurts Detroit. A few years back she made it clear that white contractors need not apply for city contracts.

The good thing is that its dying in Detroit as the black nationalists flee the city. Guys like Kwame Kenyatta fled the city and ran off to Jackson Mississippi because his BS isn't selling in Detroit anymore.

Louis Farakkahn wants everybody in Detroit to give him a dollar and the people aren't buying it.

LeDuff: What about this neighborhood, Minister Farrakhan?
30 posted on 04/02/2014 4:48:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Altura Ct.
...racism ...

It isn't racism when black crooks and black idiots (not necessarily two different groups) in public office mismanage a city into the toilet. It's cause and effect.

31 posted on 04/02/2014 4:53:57 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: kearnyirish2

yeah in Kansas City there was talk of attempts to reach across state lines into Johnson County to tap the wealthy tax base there using the specious argument that Johnson Countians “benefited” from being proximate to Kansas City, snort!


32 posted on 04/02/2014 4:55:48 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Altura Ct.
I stopped reading at:

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Baack Obama's Chicago pastor whose known for controversial sermons damning America and saying the government brought 9/11 upon itself, was the keynote speaker.

33 posted on 04/02/2014 5:07:25 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Altura Ct.
AGAIN with the Race Card? Some things never change.

I grew up in Detroit until 1965 and then lived in the North West “burbs”.

Only on the day that Detroit's leaders take a good long look in the mirror where they FINALLY don't see “color” but instead, total ineptitude, graft, mismanagement, cronyism, racial bias (theirs), corruption, rampant crime, urban blight and denial will they BEGIN to heal the city, attract business and make the streets safe.

It would also help the city if the Ford family would sell those damn, losing Lions to another owner. IF the Lions beat the Packers twice in one season, then...there is hope for Detroit!

34 posted on 04/02/2014 5:13:01 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Altura Ct.
Coleman Young is alive and well...


35 posted on 04/02/2014 5:21:25 AM PDT by Magnatron
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To: Altura Ct.

Gimme a break !


36 posted on 04/02/2014 5:25:33 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Detroit is nothing but a graveyard for dead industry and warehouse for worthless people.


37 posted on 04/02/2014 5:26:10 AM PDT by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is a feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing corksucker.)
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To: yldstrk

Racism at the root of Detroit’s issues, Michigan Roundtable attendees say

True blacks hate everyone.


38 posted on 04/02/2014 5:42:42 AM PDT by edcoil (Not a single republican was ever a slave owner. They were all democrats.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Is anybody really surprised by one word of this?

I hope not. All predictable.
39 posted on 04/02/2014 5:44:51 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: Altura Ct.
According to attendees, the event drew several hundred people, though the number had dwindled to less than 75 by the time the event concluded at 4:30 p.m.

They got sick and tired of hearing the same tired lies. Now, they need to get vocal and denounce this BS for what it is.
40 posted on 04/02/2014 5:48:41 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: txrefugee

Or cite one city run by liberals that is run well?
Trick question. There isn’t any.


41 posted on 04/02/2014 5:49:43 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: 98ZJ USMC

Just think what pathetic shape they’d be in if they couldn’t use the force of government to make others alleviate the consequences of their failed ideology.


42 posted on 04/02/2014 5:51:07 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: 98ZJ USMC

“dwindled to less than 75 by the time the event concluded at 4:30 p.m.”

Hey, ya’ll gonna feed us lunch and dinner? What, no dinner? Whoa, look at the time. I gotta go feed my horses.


43 posted on 04/02/2014 5:55:16 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy

These racist fools are tiresome. Look in a mirror...you’re the racists.


44 posted on 04/02/2014 5:58:41 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Altura Ct.
Mayor Colman Young, a black, virtually escorted whites and businesses out of his socialist Utopia.
Racism, indeed, is at the root of Detroit's demise.
45 posted on 04/02/2014 6:02:53 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: Altura Ct.

Of course it’s “RACISM”. Where do the “BLACK” rich folks live? Why in a safe “WHITE” neighborhood. You aint gonna see them living with all these “DIRTY NIGGERS” living in the Ghetto. NO SIRree. What you think they’re stupid? They might have been born “BLACK”, they not born stupid also. The only time they go to these “BLACK” Ghetto, is when they’re talking bad about the whites that have their feet on all the neck of these black folks


46 posted on 04/02/2014 6:09:20 AM PDT by gingerbread
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To: Altura Ct.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright .. was the keynote speaker pimp.

Detroit - 40 years of empirical proof

47 posted on 04/02/2014 6:24:00 AM PDT by tomkat (can hear the whirlwind comin')
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To: Altura Ct.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Baack Obama's Chicago pastor whose known for controversial sermons damning America and saying the government brought 9/11 upon itself, was the keynote speaker.

LOL! Who would have guessed?! /s

48 posted on 04/02/2014 6:49:38 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: PubliusMM
F15Eagle, I was thinking the same thing

Actually...I was thinking B-52s...lots of them with lots of big bombs. Level the place and start from scratch. Survival of the fittest.

49 posted on 04/02/2014 7:13:23 AM PDT by gr8eman (But thermodynamics is just a social construct, created by the ruling white power structure)
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To: WayneS
You're a tolerant man. I stopped reading at:

Rev. Jeremiah Wright

50 posted on 04/02/2014 7:14:47 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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