Its sad to see the city I was born in held in such regard. True, I live in the safe (read: white) suburbs, and am relatively isolated from the city, but it's still sad to see this happening to a city that was a once proud and mighty place. I am incredibly angry that this happened.
The incident yesterday was an example of one (possibly two), ignorant, probably poverty stricken (or near it), f*ck-up's who have no sort of proper education whatsoever. I am SO angry and tempted to use race to explain this and I probably could, but I wont. Let me just say that 90-something percent of Detroit proper is black and nothing like this ever happened when 90-something percent of Detroit proper was white.
Yes, city government has their heads in their asses, they always have. If you want to locate your company in the City of Detroit (who desperately needs tax revenue), you have to go in front of the city council and Sharon McPhail, and tell her how many black people you'll be hiring. Not to mention the shenanigans that go on there anyways (like McPhail thinking theres someone trying to electrocute her to death in her office). Yes, Mayor "Hip Hop" Kwame and his diamond earring just fires city employees who get too close to embarassing scandals that involve him. Yes folks, it's rotten to the core. Run some politicians who know what theyre doing? No way, It'll never happen. They'll be slandered from here to Windsor and back by the political machine. That and the 990,000 people who vote in the Detroit Mayoral election are too stupid to make an intelligent choice anyway.
My Birth Certificate says "City of Detroit" on it, and boy right now, I am ashamed that it does.
EDIT: Just wanted to add that suburbanites and their dollars will stay away from Detroit in droves now. Now everybody is in that "typical Detroit bullshit" mood. Why should I go downtown when I can do everything I could do down there in Livonia, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Birmingham, Troy, Northville, or Novi?
[Edited 2004-06-24 21:57:17]
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