Why would black people want a Robocop statue in their city? It symbolizes the antithesis of the Joe Louis "black fist" statue...
RoboCop’s prime directives: Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law and look super awesome as a larger-than-life statue.
Photos of the ten-foot-tall model of the RoboCop statue that will become part of the Detroit public art landscape are posted on the Imagination Station’s Kickstarter campaign for the project.
The Detroit cop Murphy-turned-robot from the 1987 cult movie looks appropriately imposing in his pre-casting form. The statue will be cast in bronze in the Motor City by the famed Venus Bronze Works.
Early this year, one of the project’s coordinators said the crafting of the statue could take up to a year. That would result in a spring 2014 unveiling, an event that could attract visitors from across the globe and cast and crew from the original “RoboCop.”Go here to see the pics to learn more about the artisans who are bringing the grassroots project to full metal life.The city of Detroit is 84 percent black. A monument to black people exists in Detroit -- the Joe Louis "black fist." It's a fitting emblem of black power.
The movie Robocop would have you believe all the crime in Detroit is courtesy of white people, masterminded by the father from That 70s Show. In the real world, it was black crime that drove white people away from living and working in Detroit.
Hilariously, it was primarily white people who went around city hall and decided to use Kickstarter to raise the funds and bring an iconic movie character to the Motor City. 2,718 people made individual contributions to raise $67,436 necessary for the construction of the statue.
Sadly, no such location for the statue has been finalized yet in the former Arsenal of Democracy, though a cyborg fighting crime in a city under the control of an emergency manager is delicious irony:
The 10-foot-tall cyborg enforcer (a statue, not the real deal) was born out of a 2011 crowdfunding campaign that went viral and raised over $60,000. Apparently, thousands of people wanted to see the lead of 1987 science fiction movie "RoboCop" resurrected and returned to the city he was built to save. In the film, RoboCop becomes the hero of the Detroit of the future, which is plagued with extreme crime and violence.
The project has attracted its share of naysayers -- some thought it was a trivial, or disrespectful project, given Detroit's actual struggles with real financial and crime problems. Others became impatient when RoboCop didn't appear on the scene immediately. With the help of Across the Board Creations in Canada, a statue has been created out of foam, wax, clay, and steel:
But while the mood around the Motor City Monday is grim, and a statue certainly won't be helping cash flow, we can't help but be curious about when this zany project will find solid ground -- literally. As of now, RoboCop's home is still up in the air, as organizers search for a location where it will be "invited in, easily visitable, insured, maintained and secure."But why would Black Detroit invite in a symbol of law, order, and stability? They have already constructed the "black fist of doom" (the Joe Louis Statue), which symbolizes black power for all the world to see.
How could the police guarantee that it would remain safe and secure? That the overwhelmingly white - yes, it would be white people visiting the statue - tourists to see the Robocop statue would be safe and the site undisturbed by panhandlers and those scrapping metal?
When the black city government commissioned and erected the Joe Louis "black fist" statue, they made perfectly clear the type of monument they are willing to pay homage to; why would the black-dominated city government of Detroit and the black citizens of the city dare find the very symbol created to restore order - though it was only a Hollywood film - they helped destabilize a suitable monument to erect in 2013 Detroit?
At some point soon, a black leader - speaking on behalf of Organized Blackness - will call the Robocop statue racist. A manufactured crisis will emerge, and someone, somewhere will have to apologize.
After all, the "black fist of doom" in Detroit is there for a reason.
Few will want to believe it, but as comical as it sounds, the Robocop statue is a direct refutation of black empowerment.