Detroit has joined the ranks of the bankrupt.
When I have been driven around in Detroit I had a sense, in some neighborhoods, of what the Russians did to Berlin: looked like a war zone.
What caused the phenomenon “Detroit”, a great city reduced to catastrophe?
I suppose the city never quite recovered from the riots of the 1960′s. That may have accelerated the downward spiral from prosperity into bankruptcy.
In the meantime, the Obama Administration is doing nothing to help race relations. In fact, the Administration and the President himself seem intent on making sure there is growing tension.
This mordant image gets at part of the problem, in a darkly humorous way:
Today Pres. Obama held a presser, and few newsies showed up for it. Make up your own mind.
Are race relations in these USA getting better as Pres. Obama says? And could “relations” mean?
Is the President helping or harming? He buried the actual substance of the speech in his suggestion (at least) that the Justice Department wasn’t going to prosecute Zimmerman.
I listened to this and got the sense, through all the personal empathy, that this was a political speech to his base that reintroduced race afresh back into public discussion.