Shirley R. Stancato: Why Kevyn Orr's words cut Detroiters so deep
It is good that Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has finally decided to apologize for the use of the words 'dumb' and 'lazy' to describe Detroit.
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#1 Aug 16, 2013
Gee based on the past 50 years recorded history in Detroit I think his description of Detroit citizens is right on.
Burning looting your own city business district and killing your own people sounds like dumb and lazy to me also.
Which is why Detroit is in the condition it is today.
#2 Aug 16, 2013
It seems that common idioms and expressions in our culture cannot be used in black culture even by blacks. Every communication must be dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. Only the most simple words have any hope of being understood in context.
"See Dick run after Jane" now becomes "See Richard run after Jane." Even that is insensitive. Maybe Jack is stalking Jane. Is this an inference that Jane is a prostitute?
It never ends. Orr should have maintained the accuracy of his statement and moved on.
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