Detroit could run out of cash by spring. The Black Undertow’s flagship city has a $200 million dollar budget deficit.
A state manager could soon be appointed to run Detroit. There are already state managers overseeing Flint, Pontiac, Benton Harbor, and Detroit Public Schools.
Council Member Kwame Kenyatta told the Detroit Free Press, “We as a community and as a people can agree to disagree but at the end of the day we have to decide what our destiny is going to be before someone comes in as a master, as someone to control the plantation. We don’t need someone else’s consent to do the business that the people put us in charge of.”
I enjoyed this rebuttal over at Walter Russell Mead’s blog on The American Interest:
“Plantation”? “Plantation” is a colloquialism for a prosperous place where white people live good and make money from the back-breaking labor of black people.
Detroit is a place where the predominantly black population doesn’t work but receives handouts from white middle and upper-middle class taxpayers in the form of food stamps, welfare, health benefits, etc. Rather than being prosperous, the whole thing is collapsing. “Plantation”? OK, you can start calling me a racist now. Just remember, I wasn’t the one who made this a racial issue.”
Amazingly, there are still libertarians who believe that free labor is superior to slave labor in a multiracial society. How is free labor working out in Detroit? If Detroit were run like a Southern plantation, it would actually work.
Note: In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett signed a law in October that enabled the takeover of Harrisburg. Almost 150 years after the abolition of slavery, Black Run Detroit is bankrupt, violent, and illiterate.