Audio Report - Results Of the Michigan Primary
I know it seems that I am on a run about my favorite distressed city - Detroit.
I have been running through the audio reports on the two NPR programs "News & Notes" and "Tell Me More".
This particular audio report is chock full of interesting comments and scenarios that are too tempting to pass up.
First was the comment about Detroit being a "segregated city". Upon hearing this I couldn't help but ask if people would view Salt Lake City UT or Boise ID as "segregated cities" as well BUT make note of the vast differences in economic fortunes that both of these cities has in comparison with Detroit. Clearly the state of being "racially segregated" alone does not produce poverty or economic abundance. There must be some other underlying truths that produce these ends.
In addition the Black Republican guest hit upon some key difficult truths that need to be accepted by the Black community. He talked about how the homogeneous partisan slant of the city of Detroit does not serve it well in the state legislature which has more of a partisan spread.
The fundamental question needs to be asked of the Black community - are we in the game to be the Best Democrats We Can Be? Are we in the game to be Ideological Fundamentalists and Purists - remaining true to what is POPULAR despite the little that we have to show for it? OR are we in it to bring the maximum amount of resources and benefit home to our community thus we adapt to what is needed to do so - or we flip the script and not even operate in the framework of the system that is assumed to be the defacto channel for operations?
I have little doubt that in facing the situation that is the case between the city of Detroit and the state legislature the people with power over the political machine in Detroit will choose to run to the Federal government and charge RACISM BASED DISCRIMINATION IN THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES. Thus either by policy or by court mandate the state government will be forced to allocate its funds via mandate and the entire machine that dominates Detroit without any sort of accountability for its outcome will remain. Yet another step toward total nationalization of all government functions will have been achieved.
Is it possible that it was not RACISM as the primary operator but partisan political reality that was being shown in the relationship between the city and the legislature? Certainly this point is argued each time we have a redraw of the voting boundaries. Any move against "Blacks as Loyal Democrats" rather than "Blacks - the dastardly Blacks" is seen as racist. The fact is that if Blacks were loyal Republicans, the opposition party would seek to do the very same thing as a means of gaining advantage.
I continue to scratch my head as I attempt to understand exactly what we as a people are receiving from this arraignment? I could easily be shut up IF:
* Our school were in top notch shape having been administrated by people we favor
* Our streets safe for community bonding having been administrated by a favorable mayoral administration
* Our business districts with plentiful help wanted signs detailing the master work in zoning that the city council that we put in place has done
There are only a few examples of this to speak of yet the machine that is presiding over all of this seem more entrenched than ever.
Maybe its just me? What do I know anyway? I never marched with King.