PK: “Don’t Get Detroit-ed” will be a new feature here once or twice a week, joining the “Guns Don’t Kill People, Dangerous Minorities Do” articles. All sites must evolve, and this is part of one individuals desire to bring to light unfortunate – but always discernable – truths that threaten the stability of our nations future.
|What city will be featured first in the "Don't Get Detroit-ed" Series?|
“Our first story is not about a city. It’s about a warning. Detroit… Once a symbol of US competitive vitality. Some say Detroit it is still a symbol of the future, the first urban dynamo to fall. “
The program was not overtly racist. But it only nodded to the city's black middle class and stable residential neighborhoods. It also lapsed into gratuitous stigmatizing shorthand. To stigmatize the racial divide, producers juxtaposed blacks dancing to M.C. Hammer with suburban whites sipping tea. "So now when it's Hammer time in the city, it's tea time in the suburbs. ' Rose said.
In this country, Black people are victims of racism. It’s not accidental that the cities around the nation that have the largest percentage of Blacks, have the largest percentage of poverty, have the largest percentage of crime, and the largest percentage of unemployment.
But in Detroit, Blacks aren’t just the majority. They’re the authority. They run the police, the police, the courts, the schools, and city hall. But Black political power hasn’t meant Black economic prosperity.
Most big cities do have the same problems. In some cases worse. Washington has more murders, Los Angeles has more gangs, New York City has more racial violence. America’s cities are on a dark and dangerous road. But you come here [Detroit], and you get the feeling that this, this is what the end of the road looks like.
|What do the cities up top and the cities at the bottom have an abundance of, and, conversely, a lack of? |
Yes, the answer is Black people