It's like in the great stories... The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
If those debating the merits of Jim Crow, segregation, the rationale behind restrictive covenants, and using IQ tests for employment years and years ago could, for the briefest of moments, peer into the future and see the world of 2014 83% black Detroit, they'd find the astonishing justification for every thing they held dear.
Namely, their civilization and the world they would hand over to their children and grandchildren.
|From a 1967 issue of Life, after the black riots in Detroit: will the threats of riots in 2014 cause the federal government to pay for delinquent water bills in the 83 percent black city and eventually bail out the bankrupt metropolis?|
For Detroit in 2014 is a representation of black rule, secured by the 1967 black uprising (which drove whites far, far away from residing in the Arsenal of Democracy), and 40 continuous years of black political control.
Long ago our ancestors tried to safeguard our civilization with legislation and rules that were gloriously declared unconstitutional, ushering in an era culminating in... 2014 Detroit, a city where more half of the 83% black residents refuse to pay their water bills.
Declaring water a "human right" for which no legal tender should be required to enjoy.
The United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has been alerted to the tyranny of the Detroit Water and Sewage Department deciding to aggressively collect payment for more than 46,000 delinquent customers.
By threatening to shut off their water, for which they never paid to receive.
90,000 residents and business are behind on their payments, in an 83 percent black city long accustomed to black-mailing the state and federal government into getting whatever they want, with the fear of a black riot not far from the minds of those willingly paying ransom (grants or aid).
Well, here's what our friends at the United Nations released on behalf of the downtrodden citizens of 83 percent black Detroit, free to chose whether or not pay for their water bill (and when a bill arrives for late payment, declare either racism or bigotry as a hindrance to paying). [UN: Detroit water cutoffs may violate human rights, Detroit News, 6-25-14]:
The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights put out a press release from Geneva citing three experts in response to reports that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is cutting off water access to thousands of residents in the city.
“Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights,” said Catarina de Albuquerque, identified as an expert on the human right to water and sanitation.
“Disconnections due to non-payment are only permissible if it can be shown that the resident is able to pay but is not paying. In other words, when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections.”
The U.N. experts said international human rights law requires governments to take urgent measures, including financial assistance, to ensure access to essential water and sanitation.
“The households which suffered unjustified disconnections must be immediately reconnected,” the U.N. statement said.
So Leilani Farha noting Detroit is 83 percent black somehow justifies the lack of payment for services provided by the city, according to treaties the United States has ratified. It would be - or may be - discriminatory to dare charge black people for water...
|A city under complete black political control since 1973 has now regressed from the Paris of the West to the black mean...|
Now, long time Detroit congressman John Conyers - a perpetual apologist for negative black pathologies ravaging the city - has written a letter to President Obama, asking for some $200 million be instantly made available to the state through the "Federal Hardest Hit Fund." [John Conyers appeals to Obama over water shutoffs, Detroit News, 6-28-14]:
Longtime Detroit congressman John Conyers sent letters Friday to President Barack Obama and other officials requesting immediate action and relief regarding water shutoffs in the bankrupt city.
The Democrat seeks to stop the shutoffs affecting 4,500 for nonpayment. Conyers said in a statement that actions represent “an overzealous and misguided approach to cost-cutting.”
“Regardless of the rationale for these cutoffs, the human consequences are unacceptable and unsustainable,” he said. “The failure to reinstate water service means unsanitary conditions, malnutrition and disease for babies, the sick and the elderly.”
The water department, responsible for about $6 billion of Detroit’s $18 billion in debt, is a major issue in the city’s bankruptcy. Earlier this year, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department said it would be more assertive about delinquencies. About 46,000 shut-off notices were sent last month and service to about 10 percent of that number was recently cut.
Conyers, who also sent letters to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and city water department Chief Executive Sue McCormick, specifically asked for some of the $200 million available to the state through the federal Hardest Hit . He also urged an “immediate end to the shutoffs” and the designation of a public health emergency that would be “eligible for direct federal relief.”
In a city that desperately needs to hold onto residents, there is a virtual pipeline out. At least 70,000 foreclosures have taken place since 2009 because of delinquent property taxes. And more than 43,000 properties — more than one in 10 in this city — were subject to foreclosure this year, some of them headed for a public auction where prices can start as low as $500.Other cities wrestle with unpaid taxes, too, but the size of Detroit’s problem is staggering. Several factors have brought the city to the point that crucial revenues are not being collected and thousands of houses are being taken away each year — not by banks, for failure to make mortgage payments, but by the government, for failure to pay taxes. Contributing are soaring rates of poverty, high taxes despite painfully diminished city services and a long pattern of lackadaisical tax collection by the city.
In some cases, homeowners have abandoned properties and simply quit paying taxes, and foreclosure may be the only way to get a house back into the hands of people who actually want to live there and pay their share. In other cases, those who lose or abandon their houses sometimes end up buying other houses at auction — sometimes for as little as $500 — and begin the cycle again, although new rules are aimed at taking back properties sooner if taxes are again not paid. Either way, the city fails to get all the tax revenue it is owed.
"But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass.”