|Black-run Detroit is collapsing. Once again, white people will (re) build the city|
The biggest news story in America right now is the impending collapse of Detroit, perhaps the biggest Black metropolis in the entire world. Under Black-rule, Detroit has become the poster-child for corruption in America, and as custodians of a city whose famous landmarks and buildings were all erected by white people, have watched them become the subjects capable of fueling the addiction of “ruin porn” aficionados from around the world.
Once a symbol of economic might, the majestic Packard Plant ruins are a reminder of what Life after White People looks like. No Black developer nor outside investor ever converted these abandoned buildings into lofts, one of the hallmarks of a city seeking urban renewal by attracting bohemian white people there from the boring, lily white suburbs. Now the Packard Plant shall be demolished.
Why couldn’t Black entrepreneurs in Detroit convert these old buildings into something useful, as have their white counterparts in Pittsburgh (and many other cities where America’s former manufacturing might is now the playground for Stuff White People Like – SWPL – whites)? Where once buildings produced the steel used by companies all around the world, now these buildings are lofts and residential space for the citizens of Pittsburgh, considered one of the best places to live in America.
In the 1960s, Disingenuous White Liberals (DWL) like Detroit Mayor Jerry Cavanagh thought that massive spending programs – redistribution of wealth – could maintain a steady peace between the white and Black populations of the city. These dreams would spectacularly end in late July 1967 when Black people rioted, but the rest of the nation still clings to the belief that the government can redistribute money to the Black community to maintain the peace.
The August 4, 1967 issue of Time magazine produced this nugget of information for us to ponder. On p. 13:
Fully 40 percent of the city’s Negro family heads own their homes. No city has waged a more massive and comprehensive war on poverty. Under Mayor Jerry Cavanagh, an imaginative liberal with a knack for landing Government grants, the city has grabbed off $42 million in federal funds for its poverty programs, budgeted $30 million for them this year alone. Because many of the city’s 520,000 Negroes (out of a population of 1,600,000) are unequipped to qualify for other than manual labor, some $10 million will go toward special training and placement programs for the unskilled and the illiterate. A $4,000,000 medical program furnishes family planning advice, outpatient clinics and the like. To cool an potential riot fever, the city had allotted an additional $3,000,000 for this summer’s Head Start and recreation programs. so well did the city seem to be handling its problems that Congress of Racial Equality Director Floyd McKissick excluded Detroit last winter when he drew up a list of twelve cities where racial trouble was likely to flare.
All of this wasn’t enough to keep Black people from burning down 1300 buildings and sacking 2700 businesses in late July of 1967 during the worst racial riot in American history.
Just like in the summer of 2011, when Black people engaged in riots all across the nation causing Newark, Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Columbia, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Peoria, and New Orleans to pass emergency curfews, Black people across the nation were rioting in 1967. The same types of activities used now to stop the violence were used then. From that same Time article (p. 14):
Ironically, New York, – like Detroit – has launched a major summer entertainment program designed to cool the ghettos by keeping the kids off the streets. “We have done everything in this city to make sure we have a stable summer,” said Mayor John Lindsay. But after one of these stabilizing events, a Central Park rock-‘n’ roll concert featuring Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, a boisterous band of some 150 Negroes wandered down toward midtown Manhattan, heaved trash baskets through the windows of three Fifth Avenue clothing stores and helped themselves. The looters’ favorite was a $56 Austrian alpaca sweater, which is a status symbol in Harlem. Among the 23 who police were able to catch; four Harlem summer antipoverty workers who earn up to $90 a week from the city.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
It was after the Black insurrection of 1967 that white people surrendered the city of Detroit over to Black rule. In B.J. Widick’s 1972 book Detroit: City of Race and Class Violence, we learn quickly that the Visible Black Hand of Economics was already proudly on display during the transitioning of power from white rule to Black rule. On p. 195:
The limitations of black capitalism were especially visible in the city of Detroit, where in 1966, 65 percent of the inner-city population was black, but only 38 percent of the businesses were owned by blacks. Of these – mostly small retail and service operations – 60 percent had an annual net income of less than $8,000.
The concluding chapter of Widick’s book is titled Black Metropolis of the Future. The Motor City indeed did become a Black Metropolis, a direct representation of what the Black inheritors (perhaps conquerors is the apt word?) were capable of producing, maintaining, and building. The “Ruin Porn” that is now one of the cities primary exports (no less than five books have been produced detailing the ruins of the white city under Black rule). Widdick points out in the early days of Black rule seeping into Detroit, businesses fled the city (p. 210):
For every new business moving into the city, two more move out. There are over 7,000 vacant store fronts. Thousands of other small stores look like tiny military posts under siege because of their wire or steel fronts and closed doors. Symbolic of the city’s new look is the Detroit News building downtown, with its surrounding brick wall reminiscent of of a medieval fortress.
This was before Coleman Young was elected the city’s first Black mayor. Libertarians always make the claim that people will innovate when businesses leave, because “free markets” dictate it, or some other nonsense.
Why have the descendants of those who conquered Detroit been incapable of creating new businesses and industry in the city? The white people of Pittsburgh – whose steel industry collapse in the 1980s took with it more than 100,000 jobs – have survived, and built a city considered the “most livable” in America.
Black people in Detroit? The honor bestowed upon the city under their custodianship is “most dangerous.”
As Black-run Detroit limps to its death, Inc. magazine has dubbed the former Motor City a “Start-up City for Business.” In the dying days of Black-run Detroit, the cost-of-living and starting a business in the city is so low, that entrepreneurs are flocking to the city.
A city, mind you, whose death was sealed because Black people lacked the ability to innovate on their own. They lacked the ability to even sustain the city. Were it not for Coleman Young International Airport, one wonders where many of the Black people who actually work (and don’t live off the government) would find employment?
For the most recent Startup Weekend in Detroit in mid-February, organizer Brandon Chesnutt cap attendance at 120, and still had people banging down his door.
“We literally just ran out of space,” Chesnutt says. “I can’t go an hour without getting e-mail from somebody wanting to attend.”
The most popular Startup Weekend in the city’s history took place inside the M@dison building, a modern five-story start-up Mecca that—as home to several VC firms and many of their portfolio companies—is part of the groundwork for a tech-centered rebirth of Detroit. The building is the brainchild of Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans, who has been making it his crusade to reignite Detroit’s downtown by buying property, seeding ventures, and moving thousands of Quicken employees into the area.
The M@dison is located on a stretch of Woodward Avenue that is poised to become Detroit’s own Silicon Alley: Gilbert has dubbed it “Webward Avenue” for its burgeoning concentration of tech businesses and incubators. And with the neighborhood’s surge in restaurants, bars, and entertainment options, Webward just might become the movement that is key to transforming Detroit back into a great American city.
The seeds are being planted for the rebuilding of Detroit. Black-run Detroit is coming to an end, yet Black people nationwide will resist this usurpation of power by the state of Michigan. But even to the end, the only contributions of Black people will be more violence and more corruption from the elected officials. It will be up to white people to pull Detroit from the doldrums of Black-rule, the real lesson of the Inc. magazine expose on innovation in the city.
Once you’ve hit bottom, there’s only one place to go: up. The only hope for Detroit is for white people to flock to the city and utilize the existing infrastructure (repositioning it in the process) to rebuild and create a thriving metropolis that can eventually attract outside capital for renovation projects.
Such as the Grand Central Station, a dilapidated building whose past opulence is lost on Black people.
If this does not work, Detroit must be evacuated entirely and left to stand as a monument to DWL folly, a reminder of what the power of Black-Run America (BRA) did to The Paris of the West.
This is the lesson to draw from the “ruin porn” that people capture through photos and video of a decaying city whose current majority population can’t sustain. And yes, downtown Detroit is more than 90 percent Black (the city is 82 percent Black).
The Black Metropolis of the Future… fitting that the city looks less like The Jetsons and more like a Black version of The Flintstones. That’s the legacy of any city that reverts from being a majority-white metropolis (with a white government, regardless of political persuasion) to a majority-Black city.