I do not know if any of you know about Detroit's financial mess to the attune of $16.9 billion in long-term debt to different area banks. I fail to understand how our Governor and the newly appointed EM are considered "Uncle Tom". Those banks lent Detroit money. They are not the government where blacks go to plunder white taxes. These institutions have to stop lending money to leeches like the city of Detroit or go bankrupt themselves. When you borrow money, you have to pay it back. Why is that concept so difficult for Detroiters to understand?
Then you have deeply pathological racists like Rev. Charles Williams II (of Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network) who also called the EM "Uncle Tom." Tom Barrow, another protester, said the" state's financial manager law is "Jim Crowesque." And the high and mighty Rev. Horrace Sheffield says, "This is colonialism in its neo-Negro form."
Then I come across this article written by a Darrell Dawsey and there is a paragraph stating ...
"Since when can't African-Americans criticize those they perceive as undermining their political interests? And since when does the right get to tell blacks what to say about other black people and how to say it? Seriously, this stuff is way out of control.
Of course, it's not nice to call someone an Uncle Tom. Nor is the term always fairly applied or, depending on your reading of Harriet Beecher Stowe, even etymologically accurate.
But as political shorthand goes, it's brutally efficient. And I think it takes a special kind of naiveté or disingenuousness to tell black folks that using the phrase is wrong because it's somehow "racist."
Those complaints just smack of an attempt to censor black political/cultural speech, particularly vehement and racially charged speech that makes some whites (and many conservatives) uncomfortable.
Blacks shouldn't be obligated to conform to that discomfort.
Truth is, there are blacks who consciously undermine the best interests of black people and communities specifically to further white racist agendas. White folks know they exist, same as black people do (which is why a Quentin Tarrantino can craft a "house Negro" archetype that resonates with such power and familiarity -- to blacks and whites alike -- in "Django Unchained")."
Detroit city workers have already been forced to take up to 20 percent pay cuts and see the erosion of their health care and pension benefits. Since corporate-oriented Mayor Dave Bing took office in 2009, some 4,000 city jobs have been eliminated.
The city is facing a monumental economic crisis. Public transportation is in an abysmal state, lighting is out in large sections of the city, and streets are in gross disrepair. Most of this started when the ex-Detroit mayor, Kwame M. Kilpatrick was in office. He was recently convicted of on 24 federal felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering. The conviction stemmed from a 38-charge felony indictment, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials. And to my disbelief, there are still a few Detroiters claiming he was framed by our "white government".
So I guess my question is, what do you all think about what is going on here?? Here is a link you can all read about this if you want to understand what and why it has happened. Do you believe there are racial overtones here??
Answer by RyansMom001 at 9:20 PM on Apr. 2, 2013
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:26 PM on Apr. 2, 2013
Answer by 29again at 12:18 AM on Apr. 3, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 3:48 AM on Apr. 3, 2013