Racism: Alive And Thriving In Detroit, Michigan

We all know what would happen if a black union representative went before a white city council and got this kind of treatment. But, in Detroit, it is the other way around. Whites were told to “Go home” because they did “look like” everyone else.

This isn’t a joke. It really happened. From Nolan Finley at the Detroit News:

It was a tragic circus, a festival of ignorance that confirmed the No. 1 obstacle to Detroit’s progress is the bargain basement leaders that city voters elect. The black nationalism that is now the dominant ideology of the council was on proud display, both at the table and in the audience.

Speakers advocating for the deal were taunted by the crowd and cut short by Council President Monica Conyers, who presided over the hearing like an angry bulldog; whites were advised by the citizens to, “Go home.”

Opponents were allowed to rant and ramble on uninterrupted about “those people” who want to steal Detroit’s assets and profit from the city’s labors.

A pitiful Teamster official who practically crawled to the table on his knees expressing profuse respect for this disrespectful body was battered by both the crowd and the council.

When he dared suggest that an improved Cobo Center would create more good-paying jobs for union workers, Conyers reminded him, “Those workers look like you; they don’t look like me.”

Desperate, he invoked President Barack Obama’s message of unity and was angrily warned, “Don’t you say his name here.”

So much for the unifying character of Barack Obama. The racist Detroit City Council just swept that away with one sentence.

BTW, Monica Conyers is the wife of Congressional Representative John Conyers.

Racism and race-baiting are alive and well in Detroit, Michigan. Don’t that make Motown proud?

You can access the complete column on-line here:

Elect A Crazy Council, Get Crazy Results
Nolan Finley
Detroit News
March 1, 2009


One Response

  1. Though I don’t agree with everything nor do I like the path my city leaders and mayor have chosen to take. There is truth to what they say. Michigan is the most segregated state in the country and it is not the citizens of Detroit own fault. Racism is alive and well on both sides and the citizens of Detroit have experienced it recently not just in years past. I wish all of us could get past it but racism is an open wound that can’t heal because the bandage gets ripped off on occasion. It hurts deeply and to the core. It breeds anger and destroys cooperation. Its a shame, I wish we could all listen without looking at each others skin type, but alas this is not the case. I have to remind myself that we can only progress through our own actions, I ask that you remind yourself also of this fact. It may be hard now to forget the feelings you felt but its the only way we can progress. Don’t give up on us there are some great people who live here and one day with support and cooperation we can make this city great.

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