Skip to comments.Racism at the root of Detroit's issues, Michigan Roundtable attendees say
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.
Racism! When you can't and won't take responsibility for what you do.
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.
what a steaming pile of crap
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.
“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!
Just shiftin’ da blame...
Projection. Racists see racism everywhere.
Proving once again that blacks are their own worst enemy.
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.
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...
“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.”
Could it be that most of the attendees became tired of listening to the same old baloney?
Please cite one city or nation run by Blacks that functions well.
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.
“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.
They ran outta “other people’s” money because the “other people” done left town.
When blacks stop blaming whitey and take a good hard look in the mirror, they will solve their issues.....
No. After the free lunch was served, there was no sense in hanging around.