Why Detroit Fails

This week the Rocket Mortgage Classic takes place at the tony and very private Detroit Golf Club. This awesome event will put Detroit in the positive spotlight for the Golfing world to see. All access routes to the Detroit Golf Club have been spruced up for all to see. McNichols, 7 Mile, Livernois and Woodward all look beautiful!

However Golf viewership has declined over the years. The viewership of the Rock Mortgage Classic most likely will not top 2 Million Viewers. 

Check out the stats from 2018:

 

Aretha Franklin’s funeral was held August 31st 2018 at Greater Grace Temple on West 7 Mile Road. After the funeral the Queen of Soul’s body was driven down Seven Mile to Woodward Avenue to her final resting place in Woodlawn Cemetery. News Helicopters and vehicles traveled with the funeral procession past the vacant storefronts which are now pristine. More people watched that procession than will watch the Rocket Mortgage Classic yet the business community made no effort to clean up and spruce up for the Queen’s world wide audience.

This is why Detroit fails. Detroit will spruce up and clean up for a sport that has greater than 77% White Players and a majority White viewership and not do a darn thing for our Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

Pitiful.

Mayor Duggan & Chief Craig Protect Neo Nazis While Leaving Us To Fend For Ourselves.

All the while claiming that crime is down and that they do not have enough Officers to patrol Detroit’s neighborhoods, Mayor Duggan and Chief Craig found enough officers to protect Neo-Nazis as they marched down Jefferson Avenue During the PRIDE festival.

I spoke with Council President Jones, Council President Pro-Tem Sheffield and Council Member Spivey and they confirmed that nobody pulled a permit for the march and Council was not notified of it in advance. Duggan and Criag obviously had advance knowledge of the march because they had the police out in force to protect the marchers. But protect them from who? The LGBTQ Community? Nope, the 80% of Detroit who would have dealt with them severely.

So process this if you will. The Mayor who is White and his Police Chief Knew about the Nazi march and did not inform the City Council or the public. So they protected white nationalists while they won’t protect their own 80% Black City. That is a horrible narrative.

Craig Tarnished Duggan’s Great Week

The land acquisition for the new FCA Plant on Mack and Connor in addition to the required accompanying Community Benefits Agreement are virtually complete. Google’s Waymo Autonomous Vehicle Company has decided to locate in Detroit instead of Wixom. That’s 5,400 new jobs in Detroit in 2019 and its only April. Mayor Duggan should be jumping up and down for joy and all the media outlets should be lauding him. Instead he is mired in muck that didn’t have to happen.

First he had to listen to the findings of an Audit of Detroit’s 6th Police Precinct.

The audit was the result of an investigation into two white former officers who were reportedly  taunting a black motorist on social media whose vehicle had been towed.

Former officers Steele and Garrison , both of whom worked for years at the precinct, were fired for their alleged roles in the video, which showed a Jan. 29 traffic stop.

As a result of the audit:

  • Four command officers were “addressed” after they “were determined not to be sufficiently effective in addressing the environmental problems in the 6th Precinct,” a department press release said.
  • A new captain and two sergeants were added to the precinct “to address diversity concerns and facilitate change in the culture,” the release said.
  • A cultural diversity training program is being implemented for all employees at the precinct, civilian and uniformed.
  • “Peer review training” is being ordered for officers who had been trained by Steele and Garrison.



So the White Mayor of an 80% Black City had to stand up at a press conference and say: “The treatment of 23-year-old Ariel Moore was something that was deeply disturbing to everyone,”
“Detroit police officers are sworn to protect our citizens, and it was sickening to watch Ms. Moore walking home in the cold while being mocked with racial comments,” . “It’s just not acceptable.”

“The treatment of 23-year-old Ariel Moore was something that was deeply disturbing to everyone,”
“Detroit police officers are sworn to protect our citizens, and it was sickening to watch Ms. Moore walking home in the cold while being mocked with racial comments,” . “It’s just not acceptable.”

The sad thing is that it didn’t have to happen. Chief Craig created the Committee on Race and Equality (C.O.R.E.) within the Detroit Police Department years ago. The mission of C.O.R.E. was to investigate and out and expose perceptions of hate within the Department’s rank and file that were based on factors such as race, gender, and sexual orientation. A report was issued by this committee and the Chief chose to ignore it instead of acting on the recommendations.

Duggan’s great week was overshadowed by Chief Craig’s failure to act on racial problems within the DPD when he became aware of them. This is especially glaring due to the fact that Chief Craig is African American. Further compounding this problem is the fact that Mayor Duggan is White. Mayor Duggan should take this week into serious consideration while he ponder’s Chief Craig’s contract renewal .