It would be easy to simply dismiss Kersey as a racist. But denouncing him or ignoring him is not refuting him. Refuting requires thought, which has largely been replaced by fashionable buzzwords and catchphrases when it comes to discussions of race. Thought is long overdue.
So is honesty.Guess what?
|He knows what doomed Detroit... it wasn't unions or lack of school vouchers (or even prayer in school)|
Someone else decided to be honest about Detroit, even referring to the city as an aspiring candidate for being a 21st century "Indian Reservation." [Oakland County's Patterson swipes at Detroit - again, Detroit News, 1-21-14]:
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has never been shy about his views of Detroit, and his remarks in the New Yorker have sparked familiar ire.
In a feature titled “Drop Dead, Detroit!” due out Monday but available to subscribers earlier, Patterson gave a magazine reporter an extensive tour of Oakland County and offered his take, again, on Detroit.
“Anytime I talk about Detroit, it will not be positive,” Patterson says. “Therefore, I’m called a Detroit basher. The truth hurts, you know? Tough (expletive).”
Patterson tells Paige Williams: “I used to say to my kids, ‘First of all, there’s no reason for you to go to Detroit. We’ve got restaurants out here.’ They don’t even have movie theatres in Detroit — not one.” He went on: “I can’t imagine finding something in Detroit that we don’t have in spades here. Except for live sports. We don’t have baseball, football. For that, fine — get in and get out. But park right next to the venue — spend the extra twenty or thirty bucks. And, before you go to Detroit, you get your gas out here. You do not, do not, under any circumstances, stop in Detroit at a gas station! That’s just a call for a carjacking.”
The article included an anecdote about Patterson speaking at a roast for an employee who moved to Kentucky. When the worker saw a bumper sticker that read “I miss Detroit,” he “broke the window, stole the radio and left a note that said, ‘I hope this cures your homesickness,’” the article quoted Patterson as saying.
Williams asked Patterson what Detroit could do to fix its financial problem.
“I made a prediction a long time ago, and it’s come to pass. I said, ‘What we’re gonna do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it, and then throw in the blankets and corn.”
|Black people... next question please.|