|APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding|
|Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing|
|Memory and desire, stirring|
|Dull roots with spring rain.|
- T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
|SBPDL: Exporting Hope to Detroit starting April 1|
Detroit isn't crap. Comparing the current state of the Motor City - a direct reflection of the majority population there (82 - 90 percent Black) - to fecal matter is an insult to fecal matter.
You can at least flush excrement down the toilet; with Detroit, all we can do is watch in horror as more and more tax-payer money is flushed down the toilet to... to what? So that gas stations can sell candy crack pipes?
No insidious plot hatched by a shadowy group of vigilantes destroyed Detroit. White people left, leaving Black people to enjoy the fruits of "Black Power," which in a mere 40 years has turned out to be nothing more than a silly chant by Black Marxists and Black Supremacists who have proved incapable of sustaining anything that evil whitey left behind.
Well, save the violence that forced whitey out to begin with.
The violence of Black people in Detroit is getting so bad that the Federal government is now intervening:
The reticence of people to speak out on Detroit's collapse is the real tragedy, but it's not unexpected. In BRA, publicly commenting on Black failure - no matter how minute - is grounds for career derailment and ostracism. To dare criticize an entire city of Black people (be it Baltimore, Atlanta, Memphis, Newark, Camden, Cleveland, St. Louis, Milwaukee, etc.)... would you call that insanity?
No. What is insanity is our toleration of major city (Black) police departments underreporting crime in their cities:
What's the murder capital of the nation? That depends on who does the counting.
Until this month, that dubious distinction for 2008 fell on Baltimore. But then, Detroit's police department conceded the city had 339 murders in 2008 rather than 306 -- making Detroit the deadliest city in the nation.
The disclosure followed newspaper reports that the city had consistently underreported its murder rate, leading to accusations that Detroit, along with other cities, was gaming the system to make the city appear safer.
"Figures don't lie, but liars sure do figure," former North Carolina Attorney General Rufus Edmisten, who used to announce that state's crime statistics, told ABC with a chuckle.
Was Detroit gaming the numbers to avoid an unpopular title? It's a common practice, Edmisten said.
"You have a lot of numbers manipulated, depending on what you want to achieve," he said. "If you need more help you say how bad things are. On the other hand no public official wants to say we're No. 1 in the number of murders."
According to the FBI, the total number of murders Detroit reported last year is 306. That put Detroit behind Baltimore in per-capita murders, at 36.9 murders per 100,000 residents. But Detroit Police Department spokesman Rod Liggons says that number undercounts the total.
he higher number pushes Detroit's rate to 37.4 murders per 100,000 residents, making Detroit the deadliest city with more than 500,000 residents in the nation.
Abbe Smith, director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown University Law School, agreed.
"I'd bet you this is highly politicized," Smith told ABC News, "especially that in places like Detroit, that are hard-hit by the recession, would do what they could to interpret the statistics in ways that are not quite so damning."
"Homicide is one of the more accurate crime statistics versus sexual assault, versus prop crimes, etc," said ABC News Consultant Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent.
In the 1990s, Philadelphia police routinely downgraded rapes to lesser crimes and portrayed the results as drop in crime, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Detroit's disclosure came after an analysis of homicide cases by The Detroit Free Press found the city was undercounting homicides, in violation of FBI standards. The Free Press analysis found that among the deaths not considered a homicide were a fatal stabbing and a fatal beating.
Detroit isn't the only city that's had trouble with crime statistics. A recent audit of police practices in Atlanta, funded by the Atlanta Police Foundation, found that the "broken police department" routinely underreported crime, especially as the city prepared to welcome tourists for Atlanta's 1996 Summer Olympics.And you think crime is dropping around the nation? Police departments in majority Black cites routinely underreport crime as a means to try and convince businesses and entrepreneurs (and venture capitalists) to invest in their dying cities. This is a true act of criminality, jeopardizing people's safety for the illusion of protection.
Even as elected officials philander, cheat, steal, and appoint corrupt police to "protect" the city of Detroit (who manipulate data), the citizens of this metropolis stand united behind these Black men and women, marching to keep Financial Martial Law from coming to Detroit:
Emergency managers appointed by the state to run Michigan's financially struggling cities and schools soon could lose much of their sweeping power, at least temporarily, as an effort to overturn a controversial law moved forward Wednesday.
A coalition called Stand Up for Democracy said it turned in more than 226,000 voter signatures to state election officials in hopes of giving voters a chance to overturn the law in the November election. If state election officials decide that at least roughly 161,300 of the signatures are from valid voters -- a decision which could be made within the next two months -- the law approved in 2011 would be suspended while awaiting the vote.
That could have major ramifications in Benton Harbor, Flint, Pontiac, the Detroit public school system and a few other places that already have or could soon have state-appointed emergency managers in charge of their troubled finances. A review team is currently analyzing Detroit's finances to determine if an emergency exists.
Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette say that a suspension of the law would mean Michigan reverts to its previous law for emergency managers, adopted in 1990. Emergency managers would stay on the job, but wouldn't have the powers granted in 2011 revisions -- such as the ability to toss out union contracts and strip authority from locally elected officials.
Snyder's administration is worried about the consequences of derailing the law, including the possibility it would become more difficult and take longer to resolve financial problems in locations where local leaders already demonstrated they couldn't fix the issues on their own. Snyder and other Republicans backed the 2011 changes in hopes of allowing emergency managers -- in the cases where they are needed -- to do their jobs more effectively and quickly.
"Unintended consequences could be severe and would not be in anyone's best interests," said Sara Wurfel, Snyder's spokeswoman. "The places where we're working right now, the whole reason we got there was that word `emergency.' Those communities and schools were in circumstances that in some cases hadn't been seen before because of how dramatic they were."
Critics of the law, including some labor unions and community groups, say the state is overreaching and undermining democracy. Some critics argue that if Public Act 4 is suspended, state-appointed emergency managers should be sidelined at least until the election -- leaving only locally elected leaders in charge of a community's finances.
"All the powers would rest with the democratically elected government," said Greg Bowens, a spokesman for Stand Up for Democracy, a coalition that opposes the law.
Freedom has failed. It is in Wayne County, Michigan, home to the
Charlie LeDuff, a reporter for Detroit's Fox affiliate, wrote a column deploring the moral decay and the crime rate in the Mogadishu of the West. Charlie: it's the moral decay found in the Black residents of Detroit, just as it's the moral decay found in Black people in New Orleans, St. Louis, Chicago, and even Vermont.
Hubert G. Locke, a Black man, wrote The Detroit of 1967 only a few years after the Black insurrection transpired in that city. On p. 17 of the book, he writes:
What all of this means for the future of Detroit is uncertain. there are simultaneously great possibilities and gerat dangers in the way in which the city is rebuilding itself, socially, economically, and politically. but that is a matter for the future; this book is concerned with Detroit's recent past and to some extent its chaotic present. It is a record of a week of terror in the nation's fifth largest city, of the quarter century of agonizing progress and abysmal failure that preceded it, and of a tension-filled year of dramatic shifts in power alignments, political loyalties, and social perspectives that emerged in its wake. It is, in essence, the story of contemporary urban America, as seen in the racial struggles of one city, but a city whose success or failure may well hold the key to the future of urban life in the entire nation.Only a few years after this book was published, those great changes came to Detroit. The culmination of those changes are upon us. Detroit is not dying; it is dead. The epitaph on the grave of the city must be an answering of Locke's prediction.
Urban life in America, where white settlers participating in gentrification doesn't occur, isn't much of a life at all. It's Black people living in cities of their design (a city, town, or neighborhood is only a reflection of the majority population) that are more violent than war-torn cities around the world.
The failure of Detroit shows why any urban area hoping to have a "sustainable" future can't include Black people. One that does is an inherently unstable community.
And that is the lesson of Detroit, a city where fighting "public corruption" (remember, almost every elected position and city employee of Detroit is Black) is the number one priority of the FBI branch in the city:
Federal, state and local officials will work more closely to uncover and prosecute public corruption in the Detroit area. The FBI announced Thursday the formation of a multi-agency task force.
Joining the FBI are the U.S. attorney's office, state Attorney General, Internal Revenue Service, Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Detroit and state police.
For years federal prosecutors have been investigating corruption in Detroit city government. Among those already convicted are former City Council President Monica Conyers, her aide Sam Riddle Jr., former Detroit deputy mayor Kandia Milton, and Milton's brother, DeDan Milton.
Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, longtime associate Bobby Ferguson, ex-city water director Victor Mercado, ex-mayoral aide Derrick Miller, and Kilpatrick's father, Bernard, have been indicted on federal corruption charges.This is a city that Black people destroyed.
In one month, the SBPDL invasion of Detroit begins.
We begin exporting hope to Detroit starting April 1, by extension to the entire nation.