Not the Onion: Hearse Motorcade to Protest Violence in Detroit

PK Note: Time permitting, I read every e-mail sent to me. If I don’t respond, don’t discontinue attempts at correspondence. With this noted, today’s title is courtesy of one of those devout e-mail senders. Give it until Monday, and we’ll be back to doing # posts and other assorted entries, finally dropping the microscope from Red Tails.

Detroit, Michigan. That former Motor City, a town whose declining population is bearing witness to what follows when the white people leave and the Black people are left in charge. Can we count the ways Detroit (84 percent Black) has provided a glimpse into racially unpleasant realities for all to see?

Here goes:

The population has declined so sharply ( 1 person left every 22 minutes over the past decade ), that tracts of the city have returned to nature, forcing the City of Detroit to stop police patrols and trash pickup for 20 percent of the city; the remaining 80 percent of the city will see a significant reduction in the amount of calls police respond to; the ending of free police escorts to funerals; and the police banning of street parking to curb break-ins.


All this in a city whose population fell 25 percent between 2000 and 2010, to its lowest total since 1910, when the town was nearly all-white. Now Detroit is nearly all-Black.What incentive is there to stay in the city, save to watch the remaining weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds of actual Black-run Detroit tick away. So that the dwindling Black residents can watch freedom fail before their eyes, as the state of Michigan ends the misery that has been majority-rule there and implements financial martial law.

Well, the ending of Black-rule in Detroit can’t come soon enough since the same senseless Black violence whose avoidance forced the phenomenon of white flight (Interestingly, white people have built thriving Whitopia’s a mere 35 miles removed from the ruins of Detroit) from the city is still prevalent amidst the nirvana of a white-less town. Despite claims that violent crime is decreasing in America, Detroit – a city whose population can’t leave fast enough – is a town whose murder rate is exploding.

In a show of unity (since they don’t get paid overtime), Detroit’s undertakers are making a stand: 

Even Detroit’s undertakers have grown weary of the senseless violence gripping the city. 

On Sunday, they will drive 20 hearses as part of the “Thou Shalt Not Kill” motorcade that will wind its way through some of Detroit’s most crime-ridden areas. The motorcade will end with an anti-violence rally scheduled for 5:30 at Fellowship Chapel Church, headed by the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit branch of the NAACP.

Longtime funeral director O’Neil D. Swanson will help lead the motorcade. He says after more than five decades in the funeral business, he’s seen enough bloodshed of Detroit’s young people.

“Enough is enough,” Swanson said Wednesday. “We want to send a message especially to our young people who are creating the havoc that it is unholy and ungodly. So many of these young people don’t know the difference between fact and fiction,” said Swanson. “They look at movies. They look at video games, and they think it’s make believe. They don’t realize it’s final.”

While overall crime is down, murders continue to plague Detroit. The city had 344 homicides in 2011, up from 308 in 2010.

The motorcade will begin at Woodward and Adams around 4 p.m. with hearses and other vehicles. Anthony said the issue of crime has become a big problem and that Detroiters must work together to combat crime.

“The police cannot be on every street corner and location,” said Anthony. “The community must rise up and stand up and be the cavalry. Everybody can get into this fight.”

Anthony added “none of us are immune to the possibility,” of being a victim of crime.
Nearly five years ago, Anthony and Swanson presided over the mock funeral of the “N-Word” during the national convention of the NAACP in Detroit.

Lost in this benevolent gesture for unity by irate undertakers is this fact: Were the motorcade to get lost, and have Microsoft’s “avoid the ghetto” app up and running, one wonders whether the lead driver would be guided clear of the entire Detroit metropolis.

It’s also debatable whether the hearse motorcade will have to make a few stops to pick up dead bodies along the route, or, if like the Detroit ambulance on New Year’s Eve, the motorcade will be forced to stop and seek cover in their cars from random gunfire all around them. They might inadvertently drive to an area of town the police no longer cover or respond to calls from.

Wait a second. Didn’t Black people in Dallas complain about Microsoft’s in-development app, which basically amounts to an “avoid the Black Undertow” map? What is it about Black people and their apparent penchant for creating unsafe environments?:

An in-development Microsoft smart phone app designed to help drivers and pedestrians avoid unsafe neighborhoods is proving controversial among some minority rights groups that find the software potentially discriminatory.

The as-of-yet unnamed product is being referred to as the “Avoid The Ghetto” app by those who are concerned with where it will guide users.

“I’m going to be up in arms about it if it happens,” said Dallas NAACP President Juanita Wallace.

Wallace spent her afternoon at a rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and said she felt safe there, but fears the app may project otherwise.

“Can you imagine me not being able to go to MLK Blvd. because my GPS says that’s a dangerous crime area? I can’t even imagine that,” she said.

MLK Blvd. in Dallas, Detroit – hell,  in any city in America is a “dangerous crime area” that all people try and avoid because of the presence of Black people there. Microsoft’s application for a GPS will save lives and insurance companies plenty of money by keeping goofy white people from wandering into the Black Undertow universe.

If that app were ready, it would warn all people to “abandon all hope, ye who enter” who dare drive into Detroit (And SBPDL hereby petitions Microsoft to name the app “Virgil” in reference to Dante’s guide through Hell and Purgatory).

Such is life in Detroit, during the waning days of actual Black rule in the “Paris Mogadishu of the West.”

For the sake of all people in the United States, Black-Run America (BRA) must end.

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