Skip to comments.Will Detroit Be Healed by Searching for ‘Subtle Racism’?
Posted on 05/22/2014 5:05:02 AM PDT by SJackson
Just off of the James C. Lodge Freeway in Detroit is Eight Mile Road. The stretch near the freeway is just east of the famed area that provided the basis for the Eminem film of the same name. To its north lie predominantly white suburbs over 77 percent of those who live in Oakland County are white with median family income in excess of $65,000. Married couples comprise approximately half of households, with fewer than 15 percent of households led by a single female. Since 1990, the population of Oakland County has jumped from 1.083 million to 1.202 million.
South of Eight Mile Road lies the city of Detroit, with a nearly 83 percent black population and a median household income of under $27,000. Almost 74 percent of households in Detroit are led by single parents, nearly all women. The population of the city has dropped from 1.027 million in that same period to approximately 713,000.
Eight Mile Road itself paints a bleak picture. In the middle of a weekday, the streets are sparsely populated; old, solid-structure brick houses with rotten roofs dot the side streets; beaten-up Pontiacs from the early 1990s sitting forlornly in driveways. Hair salons, liquors stores and rim stores are open for business, but theyre located between defunct hair stores, liquor stores and rim stores.
What happened in Detroit? Horrific governance destroyed the industrial infrastructure that created the growing mixed-population base of the city; it centralized employment in the government while devastating the business and tax base. Businesses fled to the suburbs, as did whites. The bulk of the black population, trapped in a cycle of poverty and government dependence, sold a bill of goods by Detroits politicians, stayed behind.
Those politicians covered their mismanagement with racially charged rhetoric, from former Mayor Coleman Young to jailed former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. When Detroit went bankrupt in 2013, it was the final result of decades of failed policy decisions based on central planning.
When financial analysts look at Eight Mile Road, they see the tragedy of a once-proud city separated. On one side of the road, Detroit; on the other side, Detroit without the mismanagement. To fix the situation would require good governance slashing regulations, lowering taxes, attracting business, creating jobs.
Instead, politicians offer more of the same. This week, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that Americas racial disparities are a result of continued racism and suggested that neutral laws had reinforced an enduring subtle racism throughout the country. Holder cited particular disciplinary practices in schools and sentencing guidelines as repositories of racism.
None of this will heal Detroit or places like it. Economic health requires a dedicated workforce, a free entrepreneurial climate, protection against crime. Those, in turn, require solid two-parent families, a competitive educational environment and a dedication to equal application of the law rather than equal results under it.
Eight Mile Road is a blot on a once-beautiful city. It will remain a dividing line so long as Americas politicians continue to use it as one.
Detroit would do a whole lot better, if it paid attention to bringing back American businesses right here.
Bring back businesses from overseas.
That would be a whole lot more helpful use of Detroit’s time, than reaching backwards to dredge up memories of the racism which once was.
Good governance is RACIST!!!
Immigrate Gurkas and give them abandoned houses-every 3rd house.
He's right. If black people weren't so overtly racist, our communities wouldn't be so polarized.
Nothing will save Detoilet until the people that live there leave.
Nobody there works for a living, and it isn’t safe for working Americans to move back. They whine about the crime and poverty, but they are the cause of it.
More than half the population can’t read or write, they couldn’t get a job even if they wanted to, and they don’t.
I know Detroit has big problems, but the state balances it out.
Detroit has been shrinking for a very long time.
It is time for businesses to build it back. Michigan has a lot of very good things. Just saying.
It sure beats looking for the real problem.
Would you live there? Would you feel safe working there?
Businesses feel the same way. There are no supermarkets in Detoilet, the residents rob them blind and bankrupt them.
Nope, no saving it.
There is no racism. There is however CULTURISM.
The vast vast majority of Americans don’t care what anyone looks like as long as they behave properly. And people raised in the ‘black’ culture do not behave properly.
Unfortunately those blacks who were raised in a civilized culture still end up being damaged by the black culture as it’s just not safe for the rest of us to trust anyone who is black until that person has proven they are not infested with black culture. If that is racism then so be it, call me racist. I call myself wise and safe.
(And yes, I have long term black friends, people who even though they were raised in the ‘hood’ were not raised in the culture. They are fine upstanding normal people. So the culture can be overcome. Of course their mom (who raised them alone) would have killed them if they got involved with any of that black culture stuff :) )
Nuke it from orbit. Its the only way to be sure.
:: It sure beats looking for the real problem. ::
As well as faciltates the shufting of accountability to the nebulous “someone else’s fault”.
They don’t need no stinking governance. They don’t need low taxes to attract business.
You heard Holder. What they need is for all the successful white people that choose to work hard and make a living to stop this racism and....
Screw it, I’m trying to be sarcastic and I can’t even make this stuff up.
All I know is; all the cities that are now bankrupt ghetto slums... the ‘leaders’ have one thing and one thing only on their minds: Race.
Race, race, race.
Thats about as far as their train of thought goes.
“It is time for businesses to build it back. Michigan has a lot of very good things. Just saying.”
Actually, it’s time to start razing all those abandoned and run-down houses and buildings and return the land to farming. The displaced people can either work on these farms or if they want to stay on welfare relocate to New York or maybe LA?
A quick infusion of unaudited free government money should go a long way towards bringing the healing that needs to take place, wouldn’t you say?
LA’s got enough problems already.
Thanks all the same.
It is about time for Detroit, to stand back up though. And that will not come, while part of the city is still looking for the boogieman.
Get over race. Focus on real problems for a change.
The sad part is, their are white kids that embrace black culture. The suburban white kids with the backwards hats and pants-on-the-floor... throwing up gang signs. They were just dropped off to school in mom’s minivan.
I have a black neighbor... good hardworking family man. He says he hates it and says if he sees his kids with their pants down to their knees, he will make them walk around in their underwear the rest of the day.
This administration is a bunch of racist.
NO ONE practices more ‘racism’ than Eric Holder ......
Majority of Large Manufacturers Are Now Planning or Considering Reshoring from China to the U.S.
Looks like the manufacturing IS coming back... just not the jobs. Hooray automation!
The race baiter has spoken! He is nothing but a political whore. Keeping the race issue burning and not doing anything about it.
white kids that embrace black culture
So, kids seeking to rebel from God’s given morality will embrace “black culture”.
it would be racist for them to do farm work. It would bring back images of sharecroppers in the old south, so asking them to do farm work is a non starter.
There it is. Plain as day.
Now, let's talk some more about how conservatives "don't reach out to black people." Let's hear again how Republicans need to "address the needs of the black community."
If you're a member of said community, just read that paragraph and consider yourself reached out to.
Shall we guess how many will say "thanks, sounds like a plan" and how many will curse and call us names??? Shall we guess what complaints Detroit (and nearly every other city population) will have next year, and the next, and the next....?
Detroit’s Subtle Racism was caused by the choice of car colors.
They painted white and black (and in between and two-tones), and you could choose.
So it is the Capitalists’ fault.
Got to get over choice.
Henry Ford was right. You can have any color you want as long as it is black.
“Get over race. Focus on real problems for a change.”
Ok, I’m over race. But, do need your help focusing on the real problems. So, how about you telling me what those real problems are - so I can focus on them.....
The people that built and maintained Detriot were violently displaced by a Third world people with Third world ways and Third world problems. These Third people don't have the drive or capacity to build or maintain First world cities. Hence Detriot has become a Third world city of beggars. Without constant infusions of cash confiscated from people outside the city it would collapse completely and revert back to wilderness.
Detroit was too long controlled by DemiKKKraps and Racism is built in.
1. Thinking about it, actually.
2. I don't feel safe anywhere. In Detroit I can carry a gun.
Only getting rid of the DummiCRAPS everywhere will.
After Spike Lee’s racist rant about Brooklyn I really don’t care about these neighborhoods anymore.
They apparently like things just the way they are.
Both sides are in the same city, right? So the same management then?Soooo maybe it's the cultures of the people that are on each side that made the difference.
I don't think so. As I understood the article, "the other side" is over the county line, outside the city limits of Detroit.
“Both sides are in the same city, right?”
Detroit is south of the road,suburbs of Oakland County north.
Thanks for clarifying FRiends.
Same county, but different cities. I think. Haven’t been there in about 30 years. Cultures, I think culture is important. And it may be different north of 8 mile than south. Particularly when it comes to issues like family (have a spouse before kids), education (more than sports and music), work. Self sufficiency. But I’m no expert. If I were I’d explore making the ruins a tourist attraction. What’s the saying, Rome didn’t fall in a day, something like that. Detroit did it in a generation. Raze the rest, grow vegies for the northerners. Better yet, legalize pot. Now, before other states. There’ll be an export market, legal or not. Let the out of state buyers take the risk. THen again, that’s a lot of work.
You’re right, property values are cheap. But the labor force isn’t what it was a half century ago. Nor are the unions, but a company relocating to Detroit would have to deal with them. Maybe they need a no union zone.
IMO searching for the real problem would involve looking to causation, with no consideration of race. That’s not going to happen.
You can carry a gun anywhere in MI, you don’t have to live in a ghetto.
Anyone can open carry a handgun/longgun with no permit required.
MI is a RTW state now.
Gotta go where the best job offer resides. And, despite the fact that most of what you hear is true, not all of it is a ghetto.
All hail Fast & Furious Holder!! It's about damned time that someone finally cracked down on those white people! Who do they think they are?!
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"disciplinary practices in schools and sentencing guidelines as repositories of racism" Show us the crime stats. What are you hiding? And since your issue is racism I mean show us the DoJ interracial crime stats that suddenly disappeared in 2009.
Hiding data.. that's what Holder calls honest discussion on race matters. The National Crime Victimization Survey's victim-offender by race Table 42 went missing in 2009.
National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is the primary source of information on criminal victimization in the United States. Each year, data are obtained from a nationally representative sample of 77,200 households comprising nearly 134,000 persons on the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States. The survey enables the Bureau of Justice Statistics to estimate the likelihood of victimization by rape, sexual assault, robbery, assault, theft, household burglary, and motor vehicle theft. This information is provided for the population as a whole as well as for segments of the population such as women, the elderly, members of various racial groups, city dwellers, or other groups. The NCVS provides the largest national forum for victims to describe the impact of crime and characteristics of violent offenders.This is how NCVS gets its numbers from the interviews.
Some of those interviewed by DoJ report crimes to the survey but not always to the police. From those numbers national numbers are extrapolated. The FBI is the one that publishes actual crime numbers. It is like the Bureau of Labor Statistics two sets of employment numbers: the household survey and the establishment report from companies that actually hired people.
This is a National Crime Victimization Survey used to develop national data. A lot is understandably being made of the "fewer than 10" note on Table 42.. apparently that simply means the survey numbers with "*" were too small to calculate a number with a probability of 100 percent accuracy.
But common sense says the survey numbers resulting in zero nationwide really are a lot smaller than survey numbers extrapolating to much larger numbers than zero -- even without a probability of 100 percent accuracy.
It is sort of academic starting in Obama's first year (2009) the Table 42 data are no longer made public.
However I still ask the Victim's Industry again.. "Where do you get your numbers of scores of whites attacking black Americans day in a day out? It just don't compare to the black-on-white attacks according to the stats. And those stats include the FBI race data for actual homicide crimes," At least until the Obama-Holder Dept. of Just Us stops that too.
2005 is one of the years where there are extrapolated numbers with no cautionary notes about a very small sampling.. in that year there were 111,490 white women victims and 33.6% of the offenders were black men. There is no "*" on the 33.6%. And still like several other years so few of the people interviewed reported so few white on black sexual assaults (with "*") that it was statistically too small to estimate a number with a probability of 100 percent accuracy. The best guess was at or near zero.
So why does it matter? If Holder really wants honest talk on race tell the FBI or someone in DoJ to publish honest, actual, no bullshit numbers. And let all American handle the truth.