White people killed Detroit

White people killed Detroit

There are 324 comments on the Salon story from Jul 12, 2013, titled White people killed Detroit. In it, Salon reports that:

The gaunt man was sitting on a bench in the overgrown park at the corner of Chene and Ferry streets in Detroit, drinking an Old Milwaukee tallboy he'd bought at a Yemeni party store, and trying to peddle an old point-and-shoot film camera for $3.

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To Ed

Auburn Hills, MI

#1 Jul 12, 2013
White people did not kill Detroit. Violent crime killed Detroit.
Kelly Finney

Wayne, MI

#2 Jul 12, 2013
So, what you are say'n is ...whites killed Detoilet and left it's rotting carcass to the black maggots to relish on.
You nuttier than squirrel shlt. Perhaps I should read the full story.
Kelly Finney

Wayne, MI

#3 Jul 12, 2013
This story is GARBAGE! I HOPE A TORNADO COMES AND SUCKS THE THUGS OUT OF THE HOODS AND THROWS THEM INTO A GIANT SINKHOLE TO HE'LL!
Now I Have heard it all

Naples, FL

#4 Jul 12, 2013
Well isnt that just simple, Whitey left and its all their fault, why did they leave? Does anyone remember Coleman Young - could you find someone less racist - sure anywhere - this is shameful, Whitey sure did effect Detroit when they left or were chased out - now you have no one towing the line, so its sinking, Remember Kwame - why did you elect him - cause he was also a racist whitey hater - you got what you wanted - careful what you wish for
Proffesor Punisher

Akron, OH

#5 Jul 12, 2013
According to Sir Walter Scott, the two great tragedies in life are (1) not getting what you want and (2) getting what you want. When the educated white's left, Detroit was doomed!!!!!!!!!! The blame white people for everything brigade sure has dine a great job of managing Detroit.
me myself and I

Covington, GA

#6 Jul 13, 2013
you seriously think that? not drugs or gang violence? I'd flee too!
mike

Akron, OH

#7 Jul 13, 2013
so basically what the author is saying is: the whites left and the blacks were unable to run a city on their own.

Since: Nov 11

United States

#8 Jul 13, 2013
Well white people definitely played a role in the downfall of Detroit. As much as black people did. A really sad state of affairs. I wish I could have seen the Detroit my father and mother knew when they were young. I've been deprived lol.
Pete

Livonia, MI

#9 Jul 13, 2013
Kallark27 wrote:
Well white people definitely played a role in the downfall of Detroit. As much as black people did. A really sad state of affairs. I wish I could have seen the Detroit my father and mother knew when they were young. I've been deprived lol.
White people are responsible for acting in their best interest. They left to pursue bigger, better and safer surroundings. But the real sockdolager was when black people also left Detroit for the same reasons.

Since: Nov 11

United States

#10 Jul 13, 2013
Pete wrote:
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White people are responsible for acting in their best interest. They left to pursue bigger, better and safer surroundings. But the real sockdolager was when black people also left Detroit for the same reasons.
I knew my statement would bring out someone to make excuses. Lol your statement doesn't excuse why Detroit is in the shape it is. As I said very clearly, Detroit fell apart because of white flight, outsourcing jobs, Coleman A. Young, drugs, and gangs.
Pete

Livonia, MI

#12 Jul 13, 2013
Kallark27 wrote:
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I knew my statement would bring out someone to make excuses. Lol your statement doesn't excuse why Detroit is in the shape it is. As I said very clearly, Detroit fell apart because of white flight, outsourcing jobs, Coleman A. Young, drugs, and gangs.
Nobody can be blamed for fleeing from crime to a better life. Blame your own people if that's the case. They caused whites to leave and many of them left themselves. You are like Judge McCree, no shame in your game. It was never the responsibility of whites or anybody to stick around and have their lives endangered. That would be insanity. Yet we still end up paying the bills for rebuilding a city unfit for habitation.

Get an education and jobs will be available, assuming the criminal record is not a factor.

Pass the English proficiency test and get a degree. Don't expect employers to offer English, Spanish AND Ebonics. Half of Detroiters, including those with high school equivalents, are effectively illiterate. Don't expect employers to come knocking.

Coleman Young certainly had a part in FORCING whites to move out too. He barely tolerated tax paying white citizens. He was not only racist, but also sexist if you know much about his background.

Bottom line: I am not responsible for the shape that Detroit is in. I have paid plenty of taxes in Detroit. I even gave a fully functional home with two lots to Detroit Worx for $1 so they could give it to a family in need. I owe nothing to Detroit yet I will be paying something to wipe the butts of dysfunctional people for the foreseeable future.
Meanie

Madison Heights, MI

#13 Jul 13, 2013
Kallark27 wrote:
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I knew my statement would bring out someone to make excuses. Lol your statement doesn't excuse why Detroit is in the shape it is. As I said very clearly, Detroit fell apart because of white flight, outsourcing jobs, Coleman A. Young, drugs, and gangs.
People flee for many reasons and many cities experience the same issues. Blaming it on white flight is asinine. If the black community is incapable of holding down the fort (which it has clearly displayed the past several decades), then how is it blame whitey?
Pete

Livonia, MI

#15 Jul 13, 2013
Meanie wrote:
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People flee for many reasons and many cities experience the same issues. Blaming it on white flight is asinine. If the black community is incapable of holding down the fort (which it has clearly displayed the past several decades), then how is it blame whitey?
Only a few, dam few, blacks will say, "Keep your welfare; it's an insult." "Keep your affirmative action; I can compete on an equal basis." People who say this can and do compete. Then they are vilified by many of their race for "selling out." The rest demand a little help, a push or mostly a completely free ride and feel justified.

Perhaps this will all change when Obama electrifies the African continent and it becomes an industrial giant needing untold immigration to supply their labor needs. Every downtrodden minority will rush in to fill the void and make it a superpower rivaling Asia, Europe and the West. I for one embrace this goal, but fear it may be a pipe dream.

Since: Nov 11

United States

#16 Jul 13, 2013
Meanie wrote:
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People flee for many reasons and many cities experience the same issues. Blaming it on white flight is asinine. If the black community is incapable of holding down the fort (which it has clearly displayed the past several decades), then how is it blame whitey?
True. However, did you read everything I said? "Whitey" bears SOME responsibility for the demise of Detroit. Bottom line. I know it's difficult for you to wrap your head around that because it's sooooooooo "easy" to blame black folk solely for the demise of Detroit.
TheRealDeal

Farmington, MI

#17 Jul 13, 2013
Kallark27 wrote:
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True. However, did you read everything I said? "Whitey" bears SOME responsibility for the demise of Detroit. Bottom line. I know it's difficult for you to wrap your head around that because it's sooooooooo "easy" to blame black folk solely for the demise of Detroit.
Blacks own it....you need to wrap your head around that dude!

Blacks created their own issues, and need to fix it themselves...no more handouts and coddling by the politically correct and stupid handout programs to people who are lazy, lifeless and non-contributing!

The responsibility falls on the asshats that voted for Coleman Young year after year after year...then kwammee.
Each decision and vote by the blacks who took over Detroit, resulted in more hemorrhaging of the finances of the city.
For some reason any black run urban area is often corrupt beyond belief!

Since: Nov 11

United States

#18 Jul 14, 2013
TheRealDeal wrote:
<quoted text>Blacks own it....you need to wrap your head around that dude!
Blacks created their own issues, and need to fix it themselves...no more handouts and coddling by the politically correct and stupid handout programs to people who are lazy, lifeless and non-contributing!
The responsibility falls on the asshats that voted for Coleman Young year after year after year...then kwammee.
Each decision and vote by the blacks who took over Detroit, resulted in more hemorrhaging of the finances of the city.
For some reason any black run urban area is often corrupt beyond belief!
As is "any [white] run area". Every human has the potential to become corrupt. Bottm line. The funny thing is that when black people first moved up here to get the factory jobs there was very little violent crime in Detroit. Why? Because there were jobs and the black family unit was tightly knit. These two things are lacking in Detroit now. White people fled because of their xenophobia and thoroughly indoctrinated racial prejudice. They were too cowardly to stay and fight for the city they built. Coleman a. Young was a pissed of black man which drove the nail further into Detroit's coffin. He completely alienated Detroit from the suburbs and white people.
Meanie

Madison Heights, MI

#19 Jul 14, 2013
Kallark27 wrote:
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True. However, did you read everything I said? "Whitey" bears SOME responsibility for the demise of Detroit. Bottom line. I know it's difficult for you to wrap your head around that because it's sooooooooo "easy" to blame black folk solely for the demise of Detroit.
Then enlighten us to the reason whitey bears some responsibility. The reason "because they fled" isn't it.
Meanie

Madison Heights, MI

#20 Jul 14, 2013
Kallark27 wrote:
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As is "any [white] run area". Every human has the potential to become corrupt. Bottm line. The funny thing is that when black people first moved up here to get the factory jobs there was very little violent crime in Detroit. Why? Because there were jobs and the black family unit was tightly knit. These two things are lacking in Detroit now. White people fled because of their xenophobia and thoroughly indoctrinated racial prejudice. They were too cowardly to stay and fight for the city they built. Coleman a. Young was a pissed of black man which drove the nail further into Detroit's coffin. He completely alienated Detroit from the suburbs and white people.
LMAO! Cowardly or not, if the black community is incapable of controlling the city after the white man fled, what does that tell you? Here's what I view, per your statement.... the black race isn't intelligent enough to control or assume responsibility and thus, must rely on white man control or assistance to survive. If you want to apply that logic to the blame of white flight and if whitey fled the city KNOWING that fact about blacks, then perhaps I'll agree to a partial blame, though very miniscule at that. Though again, I must state, that sure is a slap in the face to blacks, especially by another black man.

Bottom line, people of all races depart for better lives. To blame ANY of them for the demise of the city they left is ludicrous. Anyone can say the same about the many blacks who also left.
TheRealDeal

Farmington, MI

#21 Jul 14, 2013
Kallark27 wrote:
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As is "any [white] run area". Every human has the potential to become corrupt. Bottm line. The funny thing is that when black people first moved up here to get the factory jobs there was very little violent crime in Detroit. Why? Because there were jobs and the black family unit was tightly knit. These two things are lacking in Detroit now. White people fled because of their xenophobia and thoroughly indoctrinated racial prejudice. They were too cowardly to stay and fight for the city they built. Coleman a. Young was a pissed of black man which drove the nail further into Detroit's coffin. He completely alienated Detroit from the suburbs and white people.
Coleman was truly the start of the cancer!

Whites were in power, the blacks demanded more than they earned and to be elevated to levels they were not willing to work for.
The whites would not allow the blacks to bully their way in and pushed them back to their position in life meaning that blacks were NOT allowed to bully their way in without earning it, which angered blacks.
The riots ensued, people felt guilty and elected Young thinking they could fix the issues, blacks took over, Young chased whites out, the only ones left were mostly blacks and the city took a big ole hairy crap on itself!

Whites had no hand in the state of which Detroit is in. All the thieving, robbing, and burning of each others homes...its pathetic!

Blacks bear the consequences of the years of their own out of control behavior, and since whites have no ability to even discuss it without being labeled, its up to blacks to fix it!
I see

Evansville, IN

#22 Jul 14, 2013
Jobs come to Detroit, unions come to Detroit. Unions come to Detroit, democrats come to Detroit. Democrats come to Detroit, jobs leave Detroit. Jobs leave Detroit, white people are to blame.

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