I just had the chance to watch the POV video posted to YouTube by one of the Neo Nazi Marchers of the groups’s march down Jefferson Avenue during the Pride Fest at Hart Plaza. It is a very disturbing video to watch under any circumstances.
But, it cuts even more when you realize that the Detroit’s Police Chief who is African American did not seek approval from the Detroit City Council and allowed them to march. It is equally as bad that the Detroit City Council nor the Mayor did not admonish the Chief for not doing so.
I get the whole Right to Free Speech argument but I doubt that Bing, Cockrel Kilpatrick, Archer or Young would have allowed the Neo_Nazis to march down Jefferson Avenue screaming “White Power”. We now have a White mayor and this was allowed to take place. Detroit is nearly an 80% African American City and this cannot be allowed. This video in the right hands can imperil Mayor Duggan’s reelection bid and it is all the fault of his Deputy Mayor/Chief of Police who allowed this to happen.
Mayor Duggan has done an amazing job bringing the City back from Bankruptcy. The greater downtown area is teaming with activity. The only place where he gets low marks is for crime and quality of life in some neighborhoods. In order to fix that he must hold Chief Craig accountable. An 80% African American City with a White Mayor and people are allowed to march yelling White Power? Oh hell no.