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Plano, TX

#1 Feb 28, 2008
Detroit's middle-finger salute

Posted: February 28, 2008
1:00 am Eastern

I could see tension between the city blacks and the Detroit police increasing rapidly. Black militants and black radicals made their voices ring in rebellion. STRESS became a rallying point for black militants.
~ J. F. Spreen, "Who Killed Detroit? Other Cities Beware" (2005)

In my new mid-week column on Detroit, I am challenging myself to provide real solutions and not just list a litany of the city's ills, which, sad to say, since my people have been in power for the past 35 years, have literally turned Detroit – a formerly affluent, cosmopolitan and important city, once called "the arsenal of Democracy" and "Motor City" – into "the most miserable city in America."

Like in the Garden of Eden, it all began so pure, with such hope, with such limitless possibilities and promise, but in place of the subtle, crafty snake was a diabolical and baseless philosophical assumption my people have stubbornly believed in like religious dogma – the idea that a black man can govern black people better than a white man or a person of another race, not by his abilities, but because of skin color alone.

While I understand this tribalism ethic, 40 years of black elected leadership in small, medium and large cities all across America has in the main had disastrous results for the majority black populations under their rule. Not because of race, but because of a wicked, failed ideology and political philosophy called liberalism.

In 1974, Coleman Alexander Young, Detroit's first black mayor who later won four terms (1974-94), in his inaugural address was blunt and to the point. Young declared: "I issue an open warning right now to all dope pushers, to all rip-off artists, to all muggers: It's time to leave Detroit. I don't give a damn if they are black or white, or if they wear Super Fly suits or blue uniforms with silver badges: Hit the road."

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On the surface Young's rhetoric was compelling, but the devil is always in the details. Since I am writing this column with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, we now know that Mayor Young had no intention of putting the criminal elements to flight out of Detroit because liberals thrive on chaos – but his speech was code language and a threat to the 91 percent of whites and 8 percent of blacks living in Detroit who didn't vote for him.

Basically, that speech gave the middle-finger salute to these dissenters, urging them to get the hell out of town (including white police officers). Young's politics was a politics of vengeance, tribalism and crass cronyism that held Detroit hostage for 20 years and birthed a new generation of even more pathological leadership in Young's protégée, Detroit's current embattled mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick.

The first thing Mayor Young did after seizing executive control was to keep his campaign promise of disbanding a controversial unit within the police force called "STRESS." STRESS (Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets) was a successful crime-fighting program using undercover police officers to act as decoys in stopping crimes in the more violent parts of the city. The immediately effective tactics of STRESS had caused certain black activist demagogues and craven liberal pols to complain that they were too often the targets of the unit's trigger-happy whites despite a 20 percent drop in crime.

Plano, TX

#2 Feb 28, 2008
STOP THE HATE FOLK's AND LET'S VOTE,VOTE,VOTE for whom we feel may make this a better Amercia for our children...People making money off the teaching of hatered has gone on far too long.You followed Martin Luther King up (we all did) So let's not be pushed back down to the bottom again..White people have had it very very hard if they were poor..And Martin Luther was for the POOR..Not just the black..FREEDOM IS NOT FREE AS HE SHOWED YOU..HATE KILLS our hearts..VOTE!!!!!!!!!!

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