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Rodney Atkinson sent me this interesting article on life in Detroit.

“For 15 years, from the mid 1970’s to 1990, I worked in Detroit , Michigan .  I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs, and human depravity.  I watched entire city blocks burned out.  I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses, and school yards.  Trash everywhere!

Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it, and ignored it.  Tens of thousands, and then hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing, and food stamps! With Aid to Dependent Children, minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case, one woman birthed 24 children as reported by the Detroit Free Press, all on American taxpayer dollars.

A new child meant a new car payment, new TV, and whatever mom wanted.  I saw Lyndon Baines Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ flourish in Detroit . If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing nothing.

Mayor Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in America , outside of Richard Daley in Chicago , rode Detroit down to its knees…  He set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence, and arrogance.  As a black man, he said, “I am the MFIC.” The IC meant “in charge”. You can figure out the rest. Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans.

As a United Van Lines truck driver for my summer job from teaching math and science, I loaded hundreds of American families into my van for a new life in another city or state. Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to 912,000 today.  At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000.  Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan , but most work in Detroit .  As the whites moved out, the Muslims moved in.

As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace.    Detroit suffers so much shoplifting that grocery stores no longer operate in many inner city locations.  You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife!

Detroit may be one of our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike, and total separation from America .

Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan , paid for by Saudi Arabia oil money.  High school flunk out rates reached 76 percent last June, according to NBC’s Brian Williams.  Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America .  English?  Few speak it!  The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing.

Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city.  In Time Magazine’s October 4, 2009, “The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell, and how it can rise again,” I choked on the writer’s description of what happened. “If Detroit had been ravaged by a hurricane, and submerged by a ravenous flood, we’d know a lot more about it,” said Daniel Okrent.  “If drought, and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we’d see it on the evening news every night.”

Earthquake, tornadoes, you name it, if natural disaster had devastated the city that was once the living proof of American prosperity, the rest of the country might take notice.

But Detroit , once our fourth largest city, now 11th, and slipping rapidly, has had no such luck.  Its disaster has long been a slow unwinding that seemed to remove it from the rest of the country.

Even the death rattle that in the past year emanated from its signature industry brought m ore attention to the auto executives than to the people of the city, who had for so long been victimized by their dreadful decision making.”

As Coleman Young’s corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kick backs, and illegality permeating his administration.  I witnessed the city’s death from the seat of my 18-wheeler tractor trailer because I moved people out of every sector of decaying Detroit .

“By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit ‘s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services,” Okrent said.  “The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers’ union to reject a philanthropist’s offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership.  The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved.  Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans , unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit , the unemployment rate is 28.9%.

That’s worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent.”  At the end of Okrent’s  report, and he will write a dozen more about Detroit, he said, “That’s because the story of Detroit is not simply one of a great city’s collapse, it’s also about the erosion of the industries that helped build the country we know today.  The ultimate fate of Detroit will reveal much about the character of America in the 21st century.  If what was once the most prosperous manufacturing city in the nation has been brought to its knees, what does that say about our recent past?  And if it can’t find a way to get up, what does that say about our future?”

As you read in my book review of Chris Steiner’s book, “$20 Per Gallon”, the auto industry won’t come back.  Immigration will keep pouring more, and more uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into Detroit , thus creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in America ..  If 50 percent illiteracy continues, we will see more homegrown terrorists spawned out of the Muslim ghettos of Detroit . Illiteracy plus Islam equals walking human bombs.

You have already seen it in Madrid , Spain ; London , England and Paris , France with train bombings, subway bombings and riots.  As their numbers grow, so will their power to enact their barbaric Sharia Law that negates republican forms of government, first amendment rights, and subjugates women to the lowest rungs on the human ladder.  We will see more honor killings by upset husbands, fathers, and brothers that demand subjugation by their daughters, sisters and wives.  Muslims prefer beheadings of women to scare the hell out of any other members of their sect from straying.  Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country, and way of life.”

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.   Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” — Benjamin Franklin

Thoughts? I think Benjamin calls it right.

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27 thoughts on “DETROIT CITY BLUES…

  1. Wait, I thought Eminem’s commerical was supposed to stop all dat, yo!!!

    The only thing missing from Detroit truly being a dysfunctional third world African nation transported to America is cannibalism.

  2. No surprise I suppose that you quote at length from a man with links to David Duke.

  3. Detroit has always been hailed as the mecca of progessive libral democrat policies. It is the poster child of what happens to a society that follows marx and lennon more than franklin and adams.

    but the authors conclusions are wrong, he didn’t interprit the reality he was helping to facilitate. Every drop of talent, and morality paked up and moved. The real people voted with their feet. Black, White, Indian, Oriental all fled to areas not controlled by Democrat Communist lunacy.

    The auto industry people that were worth a damn fled the commie union run factories of detroit and joined in the rebirth of the industry in Indiana, North Carolina, and all the other non-union locations.

    When you cater to scum you attract scum, when you cater to hard work you get hard workers Detroit is the proof

  4. >>a society that follows marx and lennon<<

    You mean Marx and Bowie…

    (and for the brilliant lyrics

    BTW Troll, your politics are juvenile and confused, but I like the way you apply them to all people regardless of race and background. Not too many like that.

  5. OJB,

    Is that what you call ‘having a debate’, making smug, pretentious remarks which have little to do with the original post?

    Do you ever make an intellectual or philosophic contribution to a discussion? – I seriously doubt you are even capable of doing so, – even if you wished to.

  6. Detroit has always been hailed as the mecca of progessive libral democrat policies.

    You made that up. I’ve never heard anyone say that.

  7. In 1999, I drove to Detroit with some of my cronies to see the great old Tiger Stadium, before the great old baseball park was to be abandoned.

    We stayed at a nice hotel in the suburbs – we knew not to stay in this downtown.

    I drove from Dearborn down Michigan Avenue to the stadium. And was shocked by what I saw – block after block of abandoned office blocks. Twenty story buildings with all the windows smashed out. An abandoned rail station with an abandoned tower next to it in a very decayed state.

    Detroit was fundamentally destroyed by the deadly race riots of 1967. It never recovered from them, just as nearby Newark, NJ never recovered from it’s own riots during that period.

  8. I see everyone starting as an equal, and then judged by their individual choices

  9. it wasn’t the riots it was the political policies of both cities that have lead to their decay.

  10. The riots were the principal cause – huge numbers of the middle and upper middle class left in very short periods of time. Cities don’t recover from things like that.

    I won’t gloss over the gross corruption and open racism of the Democrat mayors Detroit has suffered under since the 1960s

    It is interesting that NYC, which is seen by some as -more- liberal than anywhere on earth, did not suffer from significant riots in the 1960s. Because the evil liberal Mayor Lindsay had very active outreach to the black community in Harlem and elsewhere. Those areas went down later on, but they were never destroyed, and have since bounced up very nicely. Unless you have $1,000,000 or more to spend, you won’t be able to afford a building in Harlem today. Compare with Detroit, or Cleveland, or Newark, or north Philadelphia.

    Nearly the worst thing I can think of is a serious race riot. Cities don’t recover from them.

  11. Your links don’t prove any part of your point.

    Detroit as been a symbol of extreme and terrifying decline since the 1960s. And the 1967 riots happened when LBJ was president, so why would anyone say that a city in flames was any utopia?

    You don’t know any aspect of this subject.

  12. This link gives a small taste of how the city of Detroit was destroyed.

    It was destroyed by race riots – not by bad liberal policies. Those came later. There were no liberal policies in place at the time.

  13. Some years ago I saw two documentaries on detroit,I think on the BBC. One blamed it’s plight on right wing conservatives and racism, the other on the Mafia and racism.
    I believe this post and the post of 5th April get it right.
    Too many incomers with their hands out will lead to riots if the hands aren’t filled quick enough.

  14. Are the race riots and political policies of the cities that suffered them unrelated or are they just two sides of the same coin?

    As Thomas Sowell has put it:

    “Southern cities, where at that time discrimination and poverty were more pronounced than in the rest of the country, were not nearly as often or as hard-hit as cities outside the South.

    Detroit, which suffered the most deadly of all the ghetto riots of the 1960s, with 43 deaths, had an unemployment rate among blacks of 3.4 percent — which was lower than the national unemployment rate among whites.

    Chicago, where Mayor Richard J. Daley was not buying the liberal guilt trips of the time, was one of the few big Northern cities to escape the wave of riots that swept across the country in 1967. “

  15. Again, Detroit was not governed by a liberal government in 1967 but suffered the worst riots- and NYC was governed by the prototypical liberal mayor- yet avoided the riots.

    I think that the ” liberal ” or ” conservative ” arguments may both be hollow, and don’t address the issue.

  16. Name some.

    And please don’t say New Orleans – a city with some very nice areas, and which has some working economy, two things that Detroit does not have.

    I believe that Detroit is by far the worst city in North America- it must be seen to be believed.

  17. New Oreans has areas that people in Detroit would fear to go, ditto Birmingham. But I was joking in the most part.

  18. Ernest your in no position to level remarks like that at anyone on this site.

  19. Good God!

    One of the best comments ever written on ATW..and it’s by the Troll!

    Well done sir.

  20. It’s simple enough. The number of people making a genuine contribution to society declined and the unproductive ‘Gimme gimme gimme’s ‘ skyrocketed. The wealth producing auto makers (and other companies) got fed up with corrupt inept politicians rounds of tax and spend, tax and spend, so relocated outside their boundaries. Wealth creators out, benefit sponges in.

    All completely predictable.

    Throw in the gimme’s insatiable appetite for other peoples property and goods, add a bit of narcotics and hey presto…Britain…..er I mean Detroit.

    Britain gaze on Detroit and learn to love it … it’s your near future.

    For Gimme gimme gimme’s you can substitute any race but inevetiably they will be lefty socialist voters.

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