Freedom Rider: Blaming Black People in Detroit

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Detroit has been delivered to the bankruptcy vultures, with a foreign bank first in line to scavenge the carcass. Yet, corporate media and white public opinion appear to consider the catastrophe to be the fault of Black “shiftless bums who must pay a price for just about anything that the reptile racist brain can imagine.”

Freedom Rider: Blaming Black People in Detroit

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

There was no way that the ruling classes would permit true democracy to function when there was a fresh carcass to scavenge.”

The level of hostility that most white Americans have towards black people is endless. Nothing proves that point like the reaction to the court decision which affirmed that Detroit, Michigan is officially bankrupt. If the media, pundits and readers commenting to newspapers are to be believed, Detroit had no problems other than having too many freeloading black people living within the city limits.

According to news reports the damage done by moving money and other resources to the mostly white suburbs was not a problem. Neither were the disastrous Wall Street derivatives deals which robbed the city. The Republican takeover of the state legislature wasn’t an issue either, despite the fact that the emergency management plan was instituted against the wishes of Michigan voters who rejected it in a referendum. According to conventional wisdom none of these factors and none of the bad actors are responsible for the decision to make the people of Detroit liable for the connivance of the 1%.

The corporate media say nothing about the fact that Barclays bank gets paid first, so that it can then pay Bank of America and others. They say nothing about how creditors from civil litigants to vendors will have to settle for pennies on the dollar. They don’t mention that city of Detroit retirees couldn’t pay into Social Security and have nothing to live on except their soon to be decimated pensions. Of course they also fail to say that the state’s constitution specifically protects pensions from cuts announced by the emergency manager. That law is no longer worth the paper it is written on.

Detroit retirees couldn’t pay into Social Security and have nothing to live on except their soon to be decimated pensions.”

The dice were cast long before judge Steven Rhodes ruled that the picking clean could begin in earnest. There was no way that the ruling classes would permit true democracy to function when there was a fresh carcass to scavenge. The evil doing was made all the more easy by a system still fueled by heavy doses of racism.

In 2008 the mortgage-backed securities house of cards fell apart but the international banksters weren’t prosecuted or even really blamed by the masses of people. In the minds of too many white Americans, the housing bubble was caused by black people buying homes they couldn’t afford. That same line of reasoning says that Detroit is bankrupt because of overpaid city workers and greedy retirees. Some of those black people who worked on automobile assembly lines were also blamed for the struggles of the big three car makers. Even black people who have jobs are considered shiftless bums who must pay a price for just about anything that the reptile racist brain can imagine.

The terror of the shock doctrine is now in full force around the country. The word Detroit is now being used the way the word boogeyman was used to keep children fearful and compliant. In New York City, municipal workers are being told not to expect retroactive wage increases when a new mayor takes office in January. After all, no one wants New York to end up like Detroit.

But racism is a two edged sword, capable of hurting white people, too. Black people may be punished first but the swath of destruction won’t leave white people untouched for long. Black people are the most vulnerable and the easiest to victimize but are not the only Americans depending on pensions to survive. Judge Rhodes made history and in a terrible way. There will be nothing to protect the few Americans who still have defined retirement benefit plans. They can now begin kissing those plans good-bye.

Detroit is now the dead canary in the coal mine.”

Cities and counties all over the country were defrauded by the derivatives schemers. Corporate greed will ensnare many more and make a mockery of the idea that America is a democracy. Other state legislatures and municipalities will also reach figurehead status and other voter referendums will be rendered null and void.

California cities like Stockton and San Bernardino are in court seeking bankruptcy protection. So far unions have successfully argued that pension plans should be untouched, but with Rhodes’ ground breaking decision, all that may change very quickly. It is certain that the rest of financial services sector sat up and took notice when Detroit’s fate was sealed in the court house.

Detroit is now the dead canary in the coal mine. The banksters have taken jobs, homes and now a major city. Legislation and the popular will mean nothing when the fat cats set their sights on something they want.

As for the few people left in Detroit they will watch as their pensions, jobs and public resources disappear. They will be the first to see such a level of theft and devastation but they will not be the last.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)


It wasn't whites that ran

It wasn't whites that ran Detroit into the ground! Worthless welfare niggers, she-rillas who have 8 sprogs by as many bucks, Devil's night where they burn down buildings, etc... Blacks destroyed it, like they have destroyed MANY places they infest large numbers.

Now whites are trying to clean up what niggers have destroyed and "Dis beez rassism, n she-it!" The USA needs a race war, the country needs to be cleaned of it's nigger infestation that is destroying it!

That'd be too nice for that idiot jerk

I say we stop-&-frisk the li'l dollop of excrement NYPD style, then detain & torture her/him Guantanamo bay style, and finally catapult his/her ass into the middle of a moonshine-&-meth-crazed crowd at a Talladega 500 nascar race wearing a purdee pink tutu with a bright red bull's eye painted 'round the ol' cornhole (think Deliverance and 'christmas stocking stuffing'---backwoods southern cracker style). heh.



GM and the abandonment of Detroit

I posted this in another thread here. Not one single penny of the bailout money given to GM should have been spent outside of Detroit. One of the first things GM did was to spend 'the people's cash' in building a huge Research and Development center in China, along with expanding manufacturing there. As soon as that was allowed, the GM workers still in Detroit were sold out for mere pennies. The first condition of the bailout should have been that ALL money spent will be spent in Detroit.

Compared to most of you here I'm old. Old enough to remember going to Detroit was a family treat. I remember that almost all of the songs I danced to and sang came from the Motor City. I remember that all of the cars my father bought were made in Motor City. I remember my friends and I, who lived in Cleveland, sitting on the front porch at night and trying to get channels on the radio that were broadcast from Detroit. It was the mecca for manufacturing excellence as well as music excellence for the entire country.

Witnessing what is happening now is not only soul-crushing but also brings a sense of being robbed of some of the fondest memories of my childhood. I cannot imagine the pain and torture of the people residing there now must be experiencing. They are all in my thoughts and prayers. God love them, for surely this country doesn't.

If I only had a brain

Liike the scarecrow and cowardly lion my friend, you need to get a brain and find a heart. Just so you know, at the turn of the 20th century Marcus Garvey, whom your atrophied brain probably never heard of, advocated Black people return to Africa. Partly because by that time blacks had assimilated to their surroundings but mostly because Whites simply cannot bear to let us go, the movement never gained the critical mass traction necessary to bring Garvey's vision to pass.

The fact is, Black people are integral to the survival of the U. S. 's steeply unequal class society. Absent us, working class Whites, otherwise affectionatelty known as Trailer or White Trash, would have to bear the the full weight of the opprobium and depradations of their class bettors. In addition, these same Whites would not enjoy the psychological wages of Whiteness of seeing themselves better than Black people just by virtue of being the same color as the largely white ruling or better said predator class. I doubt very much American society would long avoid wholesale upheaval  absent the role of Black folks as a lighting rod for the greivances and hangups of the not-insignificant number of poor, working and dissafected middle class Whites. The largely White middle Class led Occupy movement is but a spill out of the immense socio-economic cauldron that has become U.S. society.

So, perhaps my troll friend it is better you frequent other sites that can better cater to your racist unthinking ravings.