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Will Detroit Be Healed by Searching for ‘Subtle Racism’?
FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 22, 2014 | Ben Shapiro

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 they’re 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 Detroit’s 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 America’s 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 America’s politicians continue to use it as one.


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1 posted on 05/22/2014 5:05:02 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Detroit would do a whole lot better, if it paid attention to bringing back American businesses right here.

Just saying.

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.


2 posted on 05/22/2014 5:08:00 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: SJackson

Good governance is RACIST!!!


3 posted on 05/22/2014 5:10:58 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

Immigrate Gurkas and give them abandoned houses-every 3rd house.


4 posted on 05/22/2014 5:13:02 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: SJackson
This week, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that America’s racial disparities are a result of continued racism...

He's right. If black people weren't so overtly racist, our communities wouldn't be so polarized.

5 posted on 05/22/2014 5:18:07 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

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.


6 posted on 05/22/2014 5:24:31 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SJackson
"Subtle racism" occurs whenever a non-black person exists.
7 posted on 05/22/2014 5:26:51 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Beagle8U

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.


8 posted on 05/22/2014 5:27:21 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: SJackson

It sure beats looking for the real problem.


9 posted on 05/22/2014 5:29:31 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

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.


10 posted on 05/22/2014 5:32:16 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SJackson

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 :) )


11 posted on 05/22/2014 5:33:02 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: SJackson

Nuke it from orbit. Its the only way to be sure.


12 posted on 05/22/2014 5:33:40 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: John O

Amen


13 posted on 05/22/2014 5:35:15 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: AppyPappy

:: It sure beats looking for the real problem. ::

As well as faciltates the shufting of accountability to the nebulous “someone else’s fault”.


14 posted on 05/22/2014 5:36:35 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

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.


15 posted on 05/22/2014 5:39:38 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“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?


16 posted on 05/22/2014 5:39:52 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

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?


17 posted on 05/22/2014 5:46:49 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: snoringbear

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.


18 posted on 05/22/2014 5:47:26 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: John O

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.


19 posted on 05/22/2014 5:49:23 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: SJackson
Eric Holder is a racist if he thinks Detroit's problems are because of whites. It is because of Liberalism and unions, both which drive businesses to leave.

This administration is a bunch of racist.

20 posted on 05/22/2014 5:51:16 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: SJackson

NO ONE practices more ‘racism’ than Eric Holder ......


21 posted on 05/22/2014 6:01:15 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3158631/posts

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!

22 posted on 05/22/2014 6:07:26 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: SJackson

The race baiter has spoken! He is nothing but a political whore. Keeping the race issue burning and not doing anything about it.


23 posted on 05/22/2014 6:17:12 AM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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24 posted on 05/22/2014 6:21:59 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: envisio

white kids that embrace black culture


It’s just part of rebellion - “black culture” is simply an anti-culture promoted by the left as anti-Western, anti-traditional, and frankly, anti-Judeo-Christian culture.

So, kids seeking to rebel from God’s given morality will embrace “black culture”.


25 posted on 05/22/2014 6:24:40 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: snoringbear

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.


26 posted on 05/22/2014 6:34:01 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SJackson
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.

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....?

27 posted on 05/22/2014 6:42:35 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: SJackson

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.


28 posted on 05/22/2014 6:54:53 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“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.....


29 posted on 05/22/2014 7:04:29 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: SJackson
What happened in Detroit?

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.

30 posted on 05/22/2014 7:24:52 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: SJackson

Detroit was too long controlled by DemiKKKraps and Racism is built in.


31 posted on 05/22/2014 7:35:56 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Beagle8U
Would you live there? Would you feel safe working there?

1. Thinking about it, actually.
2. I don't feel safe anywhere. In Detroit I can carry a gun.

32 posted on 05/22/2014 10:56:15 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: SJackson

Only getting rid of the DummiCRAPS everywhere will.


33 posted on 05/22/2014 11:00:35 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SJackson
Of Course. "Searching for subtle racism" is so much easier than actually installing a functioning government.
34 posted on 05/22/2014 12:34:51 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

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.

.


35 posted on 05/22/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT by Mears
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"On one side of the road, Detroit; on the other side, Detroit without the mismanagement."

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.

36 posted on 05/22/2014 2:21:06 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: uncitizen
Both sides are in the same city, right?

I don't think so. As I understood the article, "the other side" is over the county line, outside the city limits of Detroit.

37 posted on 05/22/2014 2:28:54 PM PDT by Tax-chick (You say I'm insane ... I say you're afraid.)
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To: uncitizen

“Both sides are in the same city, right?”


Detroit is south of the road,suburbs of Oakland County north.

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38 posted on 05/22/2014 2:29:10 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Tax-chick; Mears

Thanks for clarifying FRiends.


39 posted on 05/22/2014 2:35:25 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: uncitizen

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.


40 posted on 05/22/2014 4:11:07 PM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we donÂ’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

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.


41 posted on 05/22/2014 4:13:10 PM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we donÂ’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: AppyPappy

IMO searching for the real problem would involve looking to causation, with no consideration of race. That’s not going to happen.


42 posted on 05/22/2014 4:15:38 PM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we donÂ’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: 1rudeboy

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.


43 posted on 05/23/2014 6:37:47 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SJackson

MI is a RTW state now.


44 posted on 05/23/2014 6:41:10 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U

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.


45 posted on 05/23/2014 9:26:37 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: SJackson
[Art.] This week, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that America’s racial disparities are a result of continued racism and suggested that neutral laws had reinforced an enduring “subtle racism” throughout the country.

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?!

<Do I really need a tag? ... Didn't think so.>

46 posted on 05/23/2014 6:52:24 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: SJackson
This week, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that America’s 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.

"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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes the DoJ National Crime Victimization Survey

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.

47 posted on 05/23/2014 11:55:58 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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