There are those who complain that the race card was played at the press conference, held by Mayor Bing on Thursday December 8, 2011. However, there is evidence of institutionalized racism being practiced nationwide.
It has been reported that Mayor Coleman Alexander Young Sr. was told that after he was elected in 1973 he was paranoid when he said racist were after him in the seventies. The reason was because his election to the Mayor’s Office angered them. Mayor Young has been quoted as saying, ”I may be paranoid but, that does not mean they are not after me”.
Numerous laws were passed, such as, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) established in 1978. It is described as a private group of people using public city taxes to benefit their personal friends.
State legislatures today continue to enact laws to impact the City of Detroit. It appears that the Governor is throwing rocks and hiding his hands. A few examples, cutting services for FIA recipients, the Cobo Hall Authority, and the Emergency Manager Law. It has been noted that these measures are happening in only majority Black cities and the placement of Black emergency managers only blurs the reality of racism.
Like Coleman Young Sr. said, ” I might be paranoid” but, it does not mean they are not after the City of Detroit.