In the small book “The Quotations of Mayor Coleman Young” a particular interesting quote is found on p. 20. The first Black mayor of Detroit, when asked of his place in history, said:
“If I don’t write it, or a friend of mine doesn’t write it, I’m in bad shape.”
Coming April 1, 2012, just in time for the state of Michigan declaring financial martial law over Detroit, SBPDL is proud to announce that “Escape from Detroit: The Collapse of America’s Black Metropolis” will be released.
To the memory of Mayor Coleman Young, it won’t be kind. The truth will be told.
When John Carpenter directed Escape from New York, that city appeared to be knocking on death’s door. Same with Escape from Los Angeles, a movie written only a few years after the LA Riots.
It’s Detroit though that should have been the city used as a penal colony for one of Carpenter’s films, where Snake Plissken (played by the reclusive Kurt Russell) could have saved the day as only he can. Read the latest news from Detroit’s Fox Affiliate, courtesy of Charlie LeDuff (Detroit Police Roll Out New 911 Policy, March 5, 2012) and begin to understand that the world of Detroit is far worse than that of Carpenter’s fictional films:
An old man beaten down by a carjacker last month. People stepping around him like he’s garbage. Ignoring his calls for help.
But what if somebody had the heart to call the police? There’s a distinct possibility they wouldn’t have come. Not with the new 911 policy. Unknown to most people, the Detroit police last week quietly rolled out its latest plan to save money: Virtual 911.
This is how it works. If you’ve been held up and the gunman is long gone, or you’ve been assaulted but not too badly, or your home has been broken into, that’s not 911 anymore. They’ll transfer you or you can call the Telephone Crime Reporting Unit yourself at 313-267-4600.
Since officers couldn’t get to a majority of the 850,000 calls to 911 last year, most of the time you’ll talk to an operator, not a cop.
Nobody in the police department wanted to explain this on camera, but I’m told by a spokesperson if your call is life-threatening, you’ll get an officer. Nobody we spoke to, however, thought this was a good idea.
“It’s giving criminals the wrong idea,” said Tony Wright, a retired Detroit homicide detective. “If you want to do something, do it in Detroit. The police won’t show up.”
Former FBI agent Hank Glaspie feels the same way. “I’m not going to move into any area with my family where I don’t think the law enforcement safety standards are up to the level where they should be,” said Glaspie.
And 86-year-old Aaron Brantley, the man who was beaten at that gas station last month, he definitely doesn’t agree with the new policy. “People called the police and the ambulance. It was so long, I had to get somebody else to bring me home.”
So many cities are on the verge of being Detroit-ed (when the Black Undertow becomes a numerical majority and assumes control of the city’s government). In Michigan, you can add Flint, Saginaw, and Pontiac to the list of Detroit-ed cities. All are majority Black cities, with Black people being the root cause for the crime found there:
Gov. Rick Snyder wants add 180 state troopers, hire 20 forensic scientists and expand drug and mental health courts throughout Michigan.
The public safety plan unveiled by Snyder in Flint on Tuesday includes strategies to fight truancy, joblessless and other root causes of crime in Michigan’s four most violent cities.
The governor focused many aspects of the plan on the delivery of what he called “smart justice” in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw and Pontiac. He was joined in the presentation by top law enforcement officials, judges and state officials, including Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and Maura Corrigan, director of the state Department of Human Services.
Truancy, joblessness? The root cause of crime in Michigan is its Black population and the fact that so many cities have been Detroit-ed. There is one way to keep peace in a city with a large Black population, and that is through the erection of a mini-police state. Prior to Mayor Coleman Young being elected as mayor of Detroit in 1973, the police force there had an undercover force called STRESS.
It was one of the first things to go under Young’s new regime, because it dared target Black people (because, like now, it was Black people in Black neighborhoods that were committing the crime).
Not even Omni Consumer Products (OCP) could save Detroit now.
The truth of Detroit’s demise will be told. Not by an admirer, Mr. Young, but by someone with a warning to other cities and counties across America that they must not be Detroit-ed.