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Detroiters pledge uprising during state takeover: ‘Make sure you are prepared and you will survive’

Kwame Kenyatta, Detroit City CouncilCouncilman Kwame Kenyatta and a packed room of Detroiters warned today of an impending revolt against state intervention, urging residents to stock up on canned food and supplies.

“Even the Bloods in the hood fight for their territory,” Kenyatta said during a 20-minute monologue on the civil rights struggle at today’s city council meeting. “You are going to have to drag me out of here for me to leave.”

Kenyatta cited Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became an intellectual and civil rights icon, because of his position that black people must sacrifice their lives, if necessary, to win freedom and the right to vote. Many in the audience stood up and applauded.

One by one, Detroiters pledged to take to the streets once Gov. Rick Snyder appoints an emergency manager, which is expected Thursday or Friday. Others threatened to block the entrance of city hall.

“Save up and purchase food, canned goods and water because you are going to see a new civil rights movement,” pledged Marie Thornton, a former Detroit Public Schools Board member. “I won’t give up my right to vote. We are going to shut down freeways and we are going to disrupt the economic system.”

Added Valerie Glenn, a community activist: “Make sure you are prepared and you will survive.”

Protests so far have been nonviolent. Demonstrators slowed traffic to a few miles per hour on I-75 and I-94 in the past week. But that’s mild for what’s to come, some warned.

What about black Detroiters who aren’t prepared to fight?

“We have fought for everything we have; how do you sit on the sidelines?” Kenyatta asked.

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Steve Neavling is an investigative journalist, a freelance reporter for Reuters and former city hall reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Neavling explores corruption, the unsung heroes and the underbelly of an oft-misunderstood city.

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Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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  • dirtydog1776

    What Councilman Kwame Kenyatta and his supporters fail to realize is that Detroit has had every chance to succeed for the last 50 years. The city has been and still is black run and controlled and has been paid billions in federal and state money, yet the legacy of Detroit is that of inefficiency, corruption, violence and crime. Money thrown down a rat hole. Hey, Kwame, blew it big time.

  • dirtydog1776

    Such a revolt will never happen…..too many Detroiters are dependent on the government for welfare, food stamps and ObamaPhones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.malagant Ashley Malagant

    Did any of you vote for this clown? Then you know EXACTLY why Detroit is such a garbage heap. Grats…

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  • TWR

    Did the slowdown actions get cancelled? The commute downtown hasn’t been bad at all this week!

    • Steve Neavling

      I think they’ve only done two slowdowns. The protests are not anywhere close to as bad as some had feared.

  • dirtydog1776

    “….urging residents to stock up on canned food and supplies.”

    They will probably use their welfare check and food stamps to get prepared. But considering the average net worth of welfare mothers is only about $20, they will be prepared to hold out for only about 12 hours.

    Follow this mouthy, little punk doggie, dirtydog1776, on Twitter.

  • Frank S. Bublitz

    How about we all relax and discuss this like Americans? I’m actually sympathetic to the plight of Detroit residents who oppose the EFM. But not those who claim that the law and appointment disenfranchise them. That is an argument that has no factual basis and simply feeds into the hate between our races.

    Those who claim that the law takes away their right to vote are simply ignorant of our system. “The US is a democracy”, they cry, “and you have taken away our vote”! Well, that is simply incorrect. We are a country that is a representative republic, not a democracy. Democracy, meaning the voting majority rules, is the method by which we elect our representatives!

    A Democracy would mean that every governmental decision would have to be settled by a vote of the people. Don’t you have work or better things to do!??

    Come on, people, I learned this in high school. Perhaps if you learned things like this your arguments in law would have a leg to stand on! Your reaction to the Snyder EFM appointment in Rush Limbaugh in reverse! “He did it because he’s white!” Bullshit! He did it because you cannot run your city in a fashion that allows you to come out of deficit! And, unlike your federal partners in crime you cannot print money on your own to come out of your financial hole!

    A new Governor and legislature were elected in a vote of the people. Don’t like it? Fine! But he is a part of the governance of Michigan and until the next election or recall we are stuck with him. As a citizen of Michigan whose nickname in Saginaw was “cousin” because of my relationship with members of the black community, I am aware of the well deserved pride of your community. But pride goeth before a fall, says the Lord, and this fall will continue if the residents of Detroit continue to make such prideful decisions as to oppose the EFM because of some perceived racial slight.

    How about next time we have an election you vote?! You could have elected the Democrat two years ago but, in typical Detroit fashion, fewer than 20% of you came out to support him and we all got Snyder. I’m a professional creative artist, I am no fan of Snyder and his rape of the film tax incentive. But it is what it is. If you have a good argument against the EFM that does not start and end with Snyder hates us because we’re black give me a call and I will stand with you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/adam.piec Adam Piec

    Detroit ” A Symbol of Negro Pride and Achievement.” That caption was common in the early 70′s. Like the race, Detroit is a total failure. All negro cities, like Apelanta, Chimpcinatti, Camden, E St louis are not far behind. Leave it to the european or asian to take bomded out cities, like berlin of hiroshima and construct them to world class cities. Leave the negroid a thriving city like Detroit and make it look like berlin in 1945.

    • http://amren.com Ben

      Well stated Adam, 100% correct…

    • j2012

      Seems like you watch to many conspiracy shows and I’m WHITE! I’ve been to Africa many times and I have yet to see what you state. I see modern cities, with internet, cable tv, movie theaters, university’s all over the place! I’m tired of dumb racist WHITE and BLACK people….

      • dirtydog1776

        Africa has some of the things you mentioned, but basically, only for the very rich and privileged. The continent is very dependent on foreign aid. Africa has rampant disease, mainly AIDS, famine, genocide, hyper inflation, gross violations of human rights, corruption (no efficient, functioning democratic government), on going tribal, race and civil wars, extreme poverty, cities that are cesspools and Muslim fundamentalists taking over……….you are very blind or perhaps, need to stop smoking all that wacky weed.

  • cavmedic

    My point exactly, or I should say, old news is still good(informative) news.

    http://keywiki.org/index.php/Kwame_Kenyatta

    On March 17, 2009, Kenyatta told The Detroit News that he and his wife had moved out of their home in December and decided to default on their mortgage after unsuccessfully seeking a solution with a mortgage company. The newspaper says Monifa Kenyatta bought the two-story brick house for $225,000 in 2004, but it’s now worth about $100,000.

    Monifa?
    Monifa?
    That’s my point black sisters and brothers.
    Scamming, criminal, lying, immoral shitbags; selling our black asses down the river, better than any slave auction ever could!
    Another question. Why did Monifa have to purchase their former home?
    Hmmm, based on what I actually know, it was most likely done to help cover the tracks and source of the embezzled funds used.
    Surely it was legitimate, a basic level councilman that serves an extremely long term financially bankrupt city(former economic powerhouse) had the collateral and funds to purchase(along with Monifa) a $250,000 home, a home obviously nowhere near or inside the Dante of Detroit.

    • cavmedic

      Still wondering why our communities, mindset and culture is also completely bankrupt?
      Fret not, my black sisters and brothers.
      Your communities and mindset are not alone in the forrest of bankruptcy.
      America, almost wholly, is keeping pace with our ghetto asses.

    • james

      250k for a house is nothing. 250k would by u a bucket in any other city… a 250k mortage is about 1400 dollars with taxes aned insurance. most rents cost 800 for two bedrooms.

      the average/Median american Home price is about 270

      the councilman makes 70k a year, plus is wifes income, they must be aleat making 6 figures. thats about right

      still he quit paying and walked a way just like he did from his job…he is aa pointless offcial and I am glad I am gone. but 250 for house is not a lot of money

  • cavmedic

    Here’s another suggestion: Stop voting, believeing and supporting scumbag criminals(black & white) like the so called “Kwame Kenyatta.”
    Without question, he’s just one of the unending parade of phony Kenti cloth wearing, African name inventing bastards, exploiting the ignorance of black people by babbling “yo, yo, yo,” “power to the people” and various impotent black nationalist rants.
    No my black sisters and brothers, don’t be proactive in taking back and improving our communites; for example, by cleaning up the rampant litter, instead of giving into the ghetto mindset and adding to it.

    • james

      yo yo yo… and black nationalist dont even compute…jeez ur dumb

  • http://www.itsaboutliberty.com MissAnthropy

    “Disrupt the economic system”. LOL, what economic system?

  • BM

    And I guess you and your ancestors are complete angels, eh? What ignorance, stupidity, cowardice and gall to condemn an entire race of people. You are truly part of the problem…

    • Big Bill

      You are absolutely right! There is nothing the black man cannot do all by itself (if he truly wants to)! The black man does not need the white man OR his money. The black man could clean up the Detroit starting with his own neighborhood–hell, his own HOUSE–if he truly wanted to. No white man need apply! So take your white money and your white bureaucrats and your running dog Uncle Toms (like Bing and Kevin Orr) and go home! Go back to your suburbs! We can do it ourself, with steel and lead, the way we do all over the world! We dont NEED you or WANT you!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.malagant Ashley Malagant

        You’re doing a great job. Keep up the good work…

      • Rex

        Then why do they keep moving to the suburbs?

  • The Shocker

    BUGS! Just wall off the whole city and let the bugs do what they do best. Just like every shithole in Africa. Chaos, poverty, squalor, violence. This is what the African is best at…apparently. As borne out by 5,000 plus years of History, right up to this very day!

    • Justin

      Your ignorance is both repulsive and obvious.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.thaboss.5 Tim Tha Boss

      Fresh out the Caucass Mountains…… #itspeaks!!!!! Lol

    • http://gravatar.com/craelevans Riziki

      lol! actually the african is known for everything you know because when your Caucasian Ancestors came out of the Caucus mountains eating raw meat, butt fucking each other, and raping and beating there own women we had to teach them to be civilized. They came fleeing to Africa because their white women came there because the African knew how to treat their women unlike the civilized white cavemen that you all were. You guys evolved from monkeys not us…you have the same hair as them and when you shave them their skin is the same color as your..the african was the best thing that happened to this world. You wolf descendants had no idea how to survive that’s why you stole us so we can grow your food, you raped our women because you knew yours wasn’t shit. We didn’t go from continent to continent raping women, stealing and selling babies and running folks from their land you did. we didn’t steal A WHOLE CONTINENT AND INFECT THE NATIVES WITH SMALL POX. you guys did that. evil is in your DNA hence the comment you just left

      • dirtydog1776

        You are awesome! I understand that blacks in Africa used to be able to fly and build the pyramids, using their minds to move 5 ton stones. But so sorry the white people stole all your powers from you and reduced the whole continent into a cesspool.

    • http://tragicarrangements.com Kahena

      If I recall history correctly, White people had EVERYTHING to do with creating all of these “shit holes” as you call them. So to say it correctly, that is what WHITE PEOPLE do best. Create and maintain chaos, poverty, squalor and violence. 5,000 years of bringing it wherever they go.

    • http://anwar deejay

      Go back to the caves of Europe, eat raw meat and sleep with your animals and mother you beast!

      • dirtydog1776

        Quick, list three great African inventions! Or name three great African philosophers! Whee!!!!! This game is fun!

    • http://amren.com Ben

      Correct….the most failed race in recorded history….

    • greg

      well said!

    • j2012

      Seems like you watch to many conspiracy shows and I’m WHITE! I’ve been to Africa many times and I have yet to see what you state. I see modern cities, with internet, cable tv, movie theaters, university’s all over the place! I’m tired of dumb racist WHITE and BLACK people….

  • Worker Ant

    I enjoy reading the comments of cheap-labor, TEA-vangelical conservatives, who see “tyranny” living in “their White House.” But when it comes to the fundamental right of the PEOPLE to elect their own government, those same cowards are firmly on the side with tyranny.

    If it wasn’t for liberals, America would still be British. If it wasn’t for liberals there would still be Jim Crow segregation. If it wasn’t for liberals, there would be no “Party of Abraham Lincoln.”

    I’ve got a different point of view, you see. I just retired after 36 yrs. with Ford. For the first time in Michigan history, pensions are being taxed by the same “conservative” Republican who can put Detroit under a dictator, . Now ask me if I trust ANY Republican to keep their word.

    Choose your friends carefully, Detroit. Educate those who will listen that tyranny IS the loss of ANY of the PEOPLE of their Right to elect a government. Those who choose Detroit to live under a dictatorship are the true cowardly TRAITORS TO AMERICA.

    It’s not a bad thing to actually know who is on your side and why they are. Take a really close look at what Right Wing talk radio and FukSnooze has been feeding the scared and ignorant.

    I was just a suburban while boy when I took my first step into an auto plant. The UAW gave me a working middle class lifestyle and a different point of view. I choose to stand with you and on the side of liberty, Detroit.

    “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” -Frederick Douglass.

    Persevere,
    WorkerAnt

    • The Shocker

      Brainwashed Union Drone. You won’t see that retirement for long. A few things you got wrong. If it weren’t for Republicans the Civil Right Act would’ve never passed. They didn’t consider themselves “liberals”, it was just the right thing to do. Lincoln was a vile, evil Dictator. Yankees won the War, so they write the History and Canonize this turd. Detroit, like any Bug City has shown that they cannot self-govern. Might as well name it Angola, or Zaire, or Shitville, or BUGswana! “Liberty”? Where? Extorting MORE money to be flushed down the toilet of Bugswana…that’s Liberty? On what fn planet? You retards are delusional.

    • to all the white boys down with the struggle

      Shouldda known it’d be a white boy. Self-hating whites got ius into this mess. And by the way, Dems filibistered the Civil Rights Act….and Lincoln was a Republican. You went to government schools, right?

      It’s not enough to be a “white boy,” you have to say “suburban white boy” to show us how truly F-ed up you think you were. After all, who’s more messed up than “Suburban white boys”? (You said “while boy,” but I think you mean “white boy.”)

      Nothing wrong with showing solidarity with blacks, as long as you don’t insult one
      group by expressing solidarity with another. “JUST a suburban white boy.” eh? And now you’re down with the struggle and hold your fist up and say “Fight the power, right? Well, suburban whites” work in crummy jobs and have lousy lives, too. So do Wouthern whites, which I bet you hate even more than suburban whites.

      One more piece of education for you — not only is it not white against black or rich against poor; it’s not Dem vs. Repub. All the biggies in DC are crony capitalists. What you have to decide is what’s best for the average person — collectivism, where they decide your life for you based on bureaucrats and academics, or individualism, which you seem to hate with a passion? I’ll go for individualism myself. If you want to join us, I’m sure there’s a Tea party in your area. As for Fox, since they’re under part owndership by an Arab shiek, they’re too PC.

    • Worker Ant

      Since I’m a liberal I can’t read minds like a cheap-labor, TEA-vangelical conservative. So I need to ask if “white hating” means the same thing as “ni&&er loving.” I ask or the sake of clarity.

      I do not affiliate with any political party. I know that there once were liberal Republicans, like Earl Warren and Jacob Javits. For all I know Rev. M.L. King might have been a liberal Republican as well.

      I agree that the DixieCrats were once very loyal and conservative Democrats who switched parties soon after Prez Johnson signed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1964-65. The 1st one to switch was Strrom Thurmon, who ran against Truman as a DixieCrat in 1948. His switching was not much of a surprise. Congratulations to the Republican Party for giving a home to so many of those conservative Dems.

      I can point out the conservative, moderate and liberal and members of the Democratic Party. But after the results of the TEA-vangelical “true conservative” litmus test, please name one liberal or moderate Federally elected Republican to me. I think they’re extinct.

      Persevere,
      WorrkerAnt

    • dirtydog1776

      Detroit has had numerous chances and money to succeed, but continually fail to do so. Must be my fault.

  • Frank

    Step 1: Destroy your city with violence, incompetence, corruption, rioting and stupidity.
    Step 2: When somebody (for some mysterious reason) actually tries to help you, resist with threats of violence.

    True brilliance. For the love of God, let them refuse the state’s help; they don’t deserve it. They’ve “created” the third-world cesspool that they live in. Let them keep it that way, since that’s what they want.

    • The Shocker

      Word!

  • Publius

    Detroilet is a cesspool of crime and corruption, thats why its bankrupt and the talk of former slaves? I’m a quaker and I know our history well and unless they were born before 1863 I doubt it or they were born in a muslim dominated country and they say it’s their divine right to make slaves of non believers.
    I guess the idea of protest until the state just gives them money to continue their corrupt city gov. Call me racist just because I’m white and not know my background, but I’m helping to foot the bill for all of this and I only make judgments based on knowledge and observation! Show me one place where negro leadership has lead to a better way of life. MLK would be very upset the way his legacy has been perverted.

    • G.. Johnson

      For once i would like to know how you Paying the Bills for DETROITER’S ? We are the larger City in the STATE pay more Taxis then any litter Township or Suburb You say unless you were born in 1800 you doubt WHAT? Well i am 3th generation American you think about THAT,The WORD NEGRO Tell me you are a RACIST you right about one thing DR.KING would be shame of this generation of African American for allowing them self to Believe we live in a POST RACIAL American, As far as our leadership are concern, You forget the leader of the most powerful country in the WORLD IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN, Read! STOP Watching fox’s news and listing to y’all boy Rush. M L K would be Shame that our generation didn’t do our JOB. If you don’t learn from HISTORY You are doom to REPEAT IT!!

      • Thomas Clark

        Umm, what?

    • Race is only a construct — except when it matters when applying for jobs

      The guy below you wins the kewpie doll for being the first one to use that tired, wornout word “racist” in this thread. Well done, boy. Really proves your credibility and intellect.

  • scott may

    Quit voting in Democrats, they have enslaved you on the Entitlement Plantation….for starters….go watch Runaway Slave…the documentary …that will go a long way to start you off in the right direction. What good is it going to do to burn your neighborhoods down and ruin the few good business’s left in the city. None….look at the history of that behavior…many of your leaders are nothing more than overseers working for your slave masters….Free Yourself!

    • OBSERVER

      Let the Africans have this city. Every White person should get out and let the Africans have all of it and take care of it.

      Within days they will be starving.

      I can’t wait for them to block the streets and such. I hope they are armed. It is going to be lovely.

  • http://gravatar.com/instantrebate TaterSalad

    Here is one of Detroit’s problem:

    Congressman John Conyers, (D-Michigan) tells his audience that America’s deficit of $16.7 Trillion is “not endangering us a bit” and isn’t a problem. This statement from a Congressman who’s wife just got out of federal prison for extortion (Monica Conyers – Google).

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/03/15/dem-rep-john-conyers-16-7-trillion-deficit-not-endangering-us-a-bit-we-dont-think-theres-a-problem/

  • http://www.facebook.com/dONTbEdICK Jeffrey Edmonds

    I will have to disagree with you on this one. While I will agree that Detroit is a total mess of waste and corruption, I dont think that removing peoples elected officials is the answer thus nullifying their vote is legal or the answer. Governor Snyder wrote this legislation in a way that allows him to nullify collective bargaining agreements. THIS is what these city takeovers is about, and nothing more. This is a Union busting law. He c an put in place these so called emergency managers in and City in the state thus nullifying contractual obligations to not only the officials but to all city workers.

    Most Cities in the state ARE in the red. he basically gave himself a Blank Check to get rid of unions.
    You cant take the vote away from American citizens, it is unconstitutional and immoral.

    As bad as something needs to be done about this city, this is not the way. Detroit has rotted away, I say just let it keep rotting until the people get sick of it. There is no law that says that the state has to dump money into it so dont.

    People moved away form Detroit because of the race riots and the violence that followed. The tax base ran away and has been running away ever since. Slashing hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts wont help the city it will hurt it even more. What it will do is give Our Dictator Snyder more money to pour into the hands of his wealthy friends pockets.

    This is what it is about.

    • cali

      All of you should really ‘sue’ Jennifer Granholm and, the person before here -who with their high taxation and, other corrupt policies brought Detroit on its knees. People like her totally stole and wasted Michigan’s once good economic and, its reputation. She left behind nothing but misery.
      She needs to be sued!!!

      • Rex

        I agree. Even though Governor Snyder has done a handful of things I do not agree with, you have to admit, he accomplished more in his first 6 months of office than Granholm did in 8 years of office. I truly believe that!

    • jjr153

      If Detroit were isolated from everything by 500 mi. radius I would agree with you Jeffrey. But since it is not, it is more like a body part that has become infected and left to rot and now it is time for surgery to keep the infection from spreading. As distasteful as it is to have someone else come in and takeover, it is only because local officials have been unwilling, uncaring, inept, incompetent, and downright criminal in their management of Detroit over the last 50 years. But lets place the blame where it truly lies; with the local population that keeps electing these unqualified, useless and worthless politicians, and seem unlikely to change that pattern. Thank you dimwitocrats.

    • Luis

      Like Coleman Young had nothing to do with Detroit’s demise. What the fuck, he set the wheels in motion!

  • Jules

    Ah yes, “emergency”. The trick by which little corporations beg and plead from the larger corporation ( U S Inc.) protection and funding from the teeming masses who would overrun their offices out of desperation and frustration.

    Good luck, liberal motherfuckers.

  • ebd10

    The citizens of Detroit don’t have the time or money to clean up the trash, fix their homes, or even cut their grass, but they have time and money to go to protests and block traffic? And then they whine when someone HAS to take fiscal responsibility and make tough decisions to fix the money pit that the city has become because city government is too busy looting what’s left in the coffers to care. You get the city you deserve.

    • BM

      Please don’t feel you can make a blanket comment about everyone who lives in this great city of Detroit. What gives you the right?

    • vladdy

      For BM: We all have the right to criticize due to the First Amendment. Of course, with NO and his endless regulations, I wouldn’t be surprised if that inalienable right disapears overnight.

  • http://fuck0bama.wordpress.com gogaitedgo

    Ima riot, feelmebro? knowwhaimeen? blah, blah,blah
    go ahead and riot, you worthless bags of guts.

    • Geoffrey L. Garfield

      Gogaitedgo, yo dude, pull your pants up, your racism is showing,

    • westie

      Gibsmedat or Ima riot….just wall it and let the hunger games begin!

    • Whitey

      Da wat man be briggin me dawn yo! letsbe riotin nsheet cauz witey be owin me fo slavary werd!

  • JD

    Look there is nothing more annoying than a person that is insistent on talking about things they have NO knowledge of. For all you people around the country that think Detroit is in bad shape and it’s somehow the fault of the people that are running the city some corruption or idiocy you’re wrong. The media has only reported such a small portion of the truth and perverted the truth for the sake of ratings that it is unrecognizable to people that actually live in the city. So here are a few facts.

    1. Detroit is the only Michigan city recognizable to people that don’t live in the state.

    2. Detroit was stripped of it’s local judicial branch and now must rely on the state to settle all of it’s court matters. No other major city has this problem. (it was done based on so called budgetary needs)

    3. Detroit is a highly Democratic voting city in a Republically controlled state. It is impossible to get a Republican on any seats on the city council, school board, or as mayor there.

    4. Republicans have long sought to control the city’s resources and have spoken openly about it.(The water Department, the power department, Belle Isle and other parks, Stadiums, entertainment districts, Detroit symphony, art galleries, casinos, and the riverfront)

    5. Detroit’s financial mess is a farce and artificially created, not one of mis-managed funds but lack of there own funds. (Detroit un-like most other major city’s in America doesn’t collect all of it’s own taxes or revenue it relies on the state to do that through revenue sharing After the Republican Governor Rick Snyder took office he and his Republican lead state congress stropped all payments of revenue sharing with the city of Detroit. Effectively stealing billions of dollars of the city’s revenue over the past 3 years). Now ask yourself if your dad was your boss and your landlord and he just decided not to pay you any more but required you to still come to work how are you gonna pay your bills, this is Detroit problem.

    6. The people of the state of Michigan repealed the emergency financial manager law last year, because they could see where it was headed and what had already been done to other Democratically controlled area’s of the state that might have some resource the Republicans wanted to control, but had never been successfully elected to office in those area’s. So the republicans re-wrote the same law only adding in a financial rider which now prevents a citizen lead repeal of the law like last time. Now we have to gain control of all three parts of state government to get rid of this law again.

    Basically it’s all a joke people that live here actually know what there up to because they haven’t been afraid to say it but what they say never makes it to national news. It’s for that reason that the people of the city are all up in arms because we recognize through there own words and actions what this was all about. The fleecing of Detroit. They get to run the city without ever being elected and take away and sell off to their cronies all of the city’s most precious things.

    • bebow

      I actually live here in Detroit, in the thick of the ghetto. The financial mess, as you call it, is neither a farce nor an artifice. The roots of the crisis are complex, but incompetence and corruption, waste and theft, played significant roles in carrying us to this unfortunate point, where we are teetering on the cusp of something far worse – the chaos of a financial collapse. Denial doesn’t change the reality of our situation or forestall the arrival of withering consequences. The magical thinking only serves as a temporary emotional band aid. We don’t have time to sit around licking our wounds. If the city were to run out of cash, armageddon would result.

    • http://gravatar.com/oziboy oziboy

      “They get to run the city without ever being elected and take away and sell off to their cronies all of the city’s most precious things.”

      You just described Kwame. Except he got elected.

    • Jimmy

      What a waste of taxpayer dollars to educate someone like this. Instead of taking all your courses in ” Black Studies ” and ” Basket Weaving,” try taking an accounting course or two. Black people don’t seem to understand that budgets are not just suggestions, and money doesn’t grow on trees for them to harvest whenever their entitlement attitude abates enough that they bother to pick it.

    • http://gravatar.com/mingthemerciless mingthemerciless

      “The fleecing of the City”

      How in hell do you fleece a toilet? Have you just looked around? Just driving from Windsor through Detroit, you are taking your life in your hands! Tijuana, mexico, look pretty next to Detroit!

    • OBSERVER

      The problem with Detroit is race.

      Want to test my theory? Imagine 95% of the residents are White. Now, what would Detroit be like?

      And as for those who want to call me a racists, yes, I am. And situations like Detroit, Birmingham, Compton, Camden, East St. Louise have made me so.

      I wish for Blacks to do what ever they want in the cities they control. Just leave us Whites out of it.

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  • http://gravatar.com/unzippedlol Justin

    What has caused more long term destruction – the Atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima, or the United States government welfare programs created to buy the votes of those who want someone to take care of them?

    Look at Hiroshima 65 years later, and then Detroit today.

    If Americans had really wanted to destroy Japan, instead of bombs, they would have thrown entitled blacks in parachutes out of those B-29s.

    • Abd

      For. The. Win.

    • http://gravatar.com/mingthemerciless mingthemerciless

      Talking to Senegaleses in Africa, they claim that American blacks are the rotten meat of Africa…that their cannibal ancestors got rid of the bad stuff to the ay-rabs who suckered Americans to take them off their hands nearly free!

    • The Shocker

      NAILED IT.

    • MelAnn

      That’s the truth in a nutshell.

  • Ken

    I think Eric Holder Should go to Detroit and investigate the city councilnan. Detroit has been going downhill for years and the people kept electing these crooks.
    Now it’s time to pay the piper for the mismangement by the cities politicans.
    So sad this used to be a great city…..

    • get the criminals out of office – local, state, and federal

      Eric “my people” Holder said when first in office that he would not be trying any casees where whites are the victimes. Incredible that black people didm’t protest that — no justice, no peace, right? He should have been impeached at that moment, followed by BO for running guns to Mexico and every country where the muslim brotherhood is fighting to overthrow the government.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.mealy.9 Steven Mealy

    The struggle continues by all means. We as Detroiters resist this Unlawful take over by these racist republican pigs who have stolen our rights as citizens. we will fight them in the courts in city hall and smash these raciest Republicans down .prepare for War.

    • Disgruntled

      AHAHAHA Keep drinking the cool aid Steven! The fact of the matter is Detroit is in trouble. The people in charge regardless of race or creedance have not a clue as to how to fix the situation. Its time for outsiders or at the very least fresh blood to attempt a fix. It is quite obvious that those in power are lacking in either initiative, knowledge, or foresight to repair the city’s finances. Simply pulling the race card at every opportunity shows how very low your IQ really is. Race is not involved with this problem in the least bit but sure is an easy scapegoat isnt it Steven? Shame on you sir. Shame on you.

    • http://contentofcharacter,notoutdatedlabels vladdy

      Once again, it is not black vs. white or Dem vs. Repub. It’s individualism vs. collectivism. You’re fighting the wrong battle going around shouting overused cliche’s (stereotype much?) like “racist Republicans.” Dems are just as racist, as their down-the-line votes to keep affirmative-action, rather than merit-based hiring and college admissions goes. If we don’t drop the silly labels and decide if we want to be a free country or not, the elites are going to do it for us….laughing all the way to the bank as they do it.

    • greg

      It’s amazing that people don’t want their city cleaned up with functioning Police,
      working streetlights, fire Dept, etc. Live in your shithole and keep running it down the tubes along with that crrupt city council. Total ignorance and you deserve what you get. Stupid uneducated people that love to have any excuse to riot. Have fun scumbags!!

  • http://gravatar.com/parapacem J (parapacem)j3

    Now – just wondering – what if a white guy had said all this? Would Erkl Holder and his Clown Buffoon Parade send in Homeland Security and a S-TWAT team to drag the guy out, like that guy in California who was marched out for the nedia by the SS goons for making a stupid video?

  • http://copsproductions.com M. McNulty

    My Black Brother and Sister Americans all,
    If your going to step off the edge of this cliff, and tall cliff it is, I would only ask two questions: Got guns? Got Ammo? Because what your suggesting won’t be responded to with Tear gas, dogs and fire hoses – not this time. God Bless and good luck. I hope you win and keep your right to govern your own city. However, try a different way to govern, should there be a next time, the current method didn’t work out so good..
    From a white brother American out west.

    • Lee

      City already is over the cliff.
      And most of the people wont do a damn thing unless someone threatens to turn off their Obama phone or cut off the welfare check.For most Detroiters Work is a bad four letter word….Prove me wrong

  • Yank lll

    Radical Blacks, Unionized marxist’s and Corrupt Politico’s and the infrastructure they created have left one of the nations most productive cities in the world and turned it into a third world zoo comparable to Berlin after the war or Poland..

    This is the future of Obama marxism combined with corrupt underlings.. bulldoze the whole thing.

    Yank lll

    • BM

      Yank III, not my neighborhood you don’t! I wish folks would stop making these inclusive, blanket comments about this city. You would think that it is one huge war zone! Stop jumping on the bandwagons and believing all that you hear. Find out for yourself.

  • talljohn777

    A microcosm of all things run by Democrats and Unions…. You cannot blame a single Republican for your demise…. Turnout the lights the party is over….

    • http://gravatar.com/mingthemerciless mingthemerciless

      Black Detroit IS a war zone…one of the ugliest settlement on the planet…but just drive a bit out of it and you see only wealthy neighborhoods of arabs, of white and of blacks…as the Chinese say, “interesting” times ahead…just wait, after Detroiters burn their city and see how “they” are received by the suburbans!

  • Arby

    Great discussion points. KK and KK have an assist in the Detroit Game of Thrones. Too bad they caused problems and offered no solutions.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/myonie.payton Myonie Payton

    On one hand the people who don’t want the new EM will have the opportunity to protest and possibly shut the city down (reviving it the next day hopefully) all the while adding more money to the city by stacking up Y2k style. But what’s the true motive behind this protest? If Kenyatta is orchestrating this for his personal power kicks before retirement then what will the people gain? I’m not from the D’ but can’t help question what do the people(not just Kenyatta) plan to gain as a city from this protest, what’s the deadline for the people’s demands, what backup plans are working govt officials who side with Kenyatta (Kenyatta including) really planning to do if all fails with the protest and what plans do the govt that opposes Kenyatta’s protest readying to do to protestors (the people of Detroit)?

  • Lee

    What this guy i scared of is the EM getting his hands on the books and seeing the level of theft and stupid himself and others have committed.I believe out of the whole bunch only one actually cares about the direction of the city Charles Pugh the rest are a waste of oxygen.
    Also he should be locked up asap for trying to incite a riot.

    • Detroit Explorer

      Agree’d, ESPECIALLY with the last line!!

  • http://1321432 Percy

    I bet now that there’s a black guy as the manager, there will be no revolt. hahahahaha, god I hate this place.

  • http://1321432 Percy

    I hope anybody involved in these ‘revolts’ dies. Seriously, the reason we can’t move forward is because of ignorant people like that.

  • http://kensettlephotography.com Ken Settle

    Well, let the citizens of Detroit be forewarned, if anyone attempts to harm me or my own, I will defend myself to the fullest extent of the law, and if you’re blocking the street is keeping me from getting to where I need to go to make a living, you’d best get your ass outta the street or you may suffer the consequences. I urge Detroiters to use their heads and see this racist sham for what it is. These “Leaders” have been riding on your backs for years. They have been picking your pockets for years, they have denied you and your families safe, snow-plowed, lighted streets for years, they have denied you adequate 911 response time for years. And they have danced out of the way of getting the boot by continually drawing out the race card. Are you going to allow yourselves to be used by these disrespectful, self serving idiots any longer? The choice is yours.

    • Detroit Explorer

      VERY WELL put Ken, I stand behind and applaud EVERY word!

    • http://gravatar.com/kmooreplease kmooreplease

      Well Stated Sir!

    • Tim

      Well said Ken.

    • Tim G.

      agree 110%

    • OBSERVER

      They had better put a Black person in charged or there will be race riots.

      Now, that is a rayciss statement, but true.

  • Mindy

    So what, there are no white Detroiters Kwame? That is what your comments infer. I live in Five Points and I pay my taxes like all Detroiters. I want a governent that represents me and that provides the services we pay for thru taxes.Black or white, all citizens deserve that. I don’t want you to revolt. I want you to do you job.

    • Ken

      Here Here Mindy

    • Gladys B.

      Mindy, over 45% of Detroiters do not pay property taxes on their property.

      Some non-paying Detroiters, when asked, said they weren’t going to pay taxes because the city isnt providing any benefits to speak of.

      Detroit teachers are unwilling to educate Detroit students, there are feral black gangs running wild, Detroit cops don’t respond to calls, and Detroit ambulances take over a half an hour to get to an accident or crime scene.

      Detroiters are having to take matters into their own hands by hiring private police to patrol their neighborhoods, and self-defense/justifiable homicide killings have jumped by 70 percent.

      You see similar problems all over Africa. Fortunately, over there they lynch their thieves right on the spot (as black folks used to do in the USA).

      I figure its time for Detroiters to follow the lead of their fellow Africans and start dealing out street justice.

      Twenty-five years ago, the ANC discovered that “necklacing ” was a wonderful deterrent for black crime, black corruption and black race traitors. It is so effective it has since spread to Haiti and other African countries.

      Black folks know what they have to do to take back Detroit. They just have to grow a pair and do it like Mandela’s ANC discovered.

      I promise I will look the other way while you take care of business.

  • gc

    Of course Kwame Kenyatta wants Detroiters to riot. He and the rest of the city council depend on a poor, angry, uneducated electorate to keep electing them over and over again even though they have no idea what they are doing.

    Keeping the city in a state of chaos ensures that it never makes any progress. That ensures that Detroit remains largely poor and angry and uneducated. And that ensures that Kwame gets to keep his job.

  • al manfroni

    They refuse to accept their failure to lead. They have had decades to set the city right and look at it ! They are more interested about losing their cush jobs than about the city. All they want to do is point Fingers and try to place blame somewhere else. They need to shut up and accept that they have no idea what their doing ! They just keep making the city more of a laughing stock than it already is by their ignorant comments.

  • Jimmy

    The Feds should check out Marie Thornton. DPS board members are renowned for their corruption and Marie has crook written all over her. Kwame? He’s too stupid to steal.

  • Jimmy

    Too bad Kwame wasn’t as passionate about paying his mortgage. Instead, he makes six figures and loses his home. This guy is so stupid that:

    He has to get naked to count to 21.

    It takes him an hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes.

    He thinks an innuendo is an Italian suppository.

    He tripped over a cordless phone.

    He has to go into a dressing room to change his mind.

    He stole a free sample.

    • Alan

      HAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!! Awesome.

    • BM

      Why don’t you quit clowning and comment on the issue at hand?

  • Jimmy

    Empty barrels rattle the loudest. And there aren’t any barrels emptier than Kwame and Marie. They are talking through their hat, and they are all hat and no cattle.

    Even though their threats are harmless, the Feds should arrest them and charge them for inciting riots.

  • Bassmeant

    “We are going to shut down freeways and we are going to disrupt the economic system.””

    no your not. that’s domestic terrorism. you’ll be gunned down or hung from a tree. quit whining and take what you have coming, city council. you and your corrupt and incompetent racist ways have been given to much slack for too long. i never did mind seeing chickens coming home to roost. that’s a malcolm x quote.

    oh yeah. there will be peace.
    “by any means neccessary”

    another malcolm x quote.

    keep it peaceful or get buried.
    and don’t bitch when the city sends your family the bill for your funeral.
    you brought it on yourselves with your insurgent attitude.

    Peace

  • http://thepeopleofdetroit.com The People of Detroit

    Idiot politicians like this and the idiot populace that habitually elects and re-elects idiot politicians like this, are the reason why Detroit is in a financial crisis

    • OBSERVER

      Why don’t the people of Detroit ever vote for a white mayor or such? Why only Blacks? That makes it look raycisss.

  • Bob

    You are absolutely correct. The only reason these “officials” are upset is they are going the finance books will be opened and many of them will be called to account for all the money they have been stealing.

  • South Lake

    The disparity of rational behavior between Detroiter’s is over whelming. I’m moving far away when I graduate. Not my mess to fix, maybe the feds will write a black check, either way good luck.

  • http://www.mindofgod.info Dennis Spain
    • http://www.facebook.com/myonie.payton Myonie Payton

      That was very informative. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tom

    It’s good to see the council uniting for something. If only they were as dedicated to improving the city as they are attacking outsiders, perhaps an EFM wouldn’t be necessary.

    All the talk about democracy is a red herring. Council and other “leaders” won’t be satisfied until the city goes bankrupt and they can blame the region and state for letting it happen by not giving the city more money. The problem isn’t the loss of population or the city’s illiteracy, it’s the failure of the welfare system to support an entire city government.

  • james

    You qoute him as saying the bloods in the hood. His interview on fox two was ‘those in tje hood’

  • FACT!

    fight for eveything he has!? he walked from his house morgage

    • David G

      because people like him are idiots using the race card ooo feel bad for me. You reep what you sow

  • Bettye Chase

    I cannot believe what has happened to the city that I loved as a child…what’s wrong with you people ? Get it together and make our city proud again !

  • http://www.facebook.com/monica.l.patrick.3 Monica Lewis Patrick

    The TRUTH is that Council Member Kenyatta, did NOT call for rioting or any other form of violence and anyone that says he did is not telling the truth!
    Citizens stated that they will be using civil disobedience to combat VOTING RIGHTS disenfranchisement and the blockage of self-determination!

    • http://Yahoo Mark Stock

      “blockage of self-determination!”….the citizens of Detroit and the officials they have elected and never held accountable is a result of their own brand of “self determination” and we all see how well their collective wisdom has worked out.

  • http://gravatar.com/justicewarrior justicewarrior

    ‘JUST SAY NO TO THE EFM – FACT SHEET’

    The State of Michigan has been in charge of the City of Detroit as of April 4, 2012 (Consent Agreement signed) with key staff & high priced consultants responsible for the oversight & implementation of the Financial Stability Agreement (Consent Agreement) & “Milestones” (Costs to the City over $14 million)

    The Financial Review Team Report (FRTR) provides no justification fro the appointment of an EFM, especially when it makes no mention of $800 million in accounts receivable owed to the City & confirmed by State Treasurer Andy Dillon. One prominent business owner owes in excess of $200 million of the $800 million.

    The City of Detroit has no immediate financial emergency! We have “NOT” missed any payroll, failed to make any of our bond interest payments or principal payments and State Treasurer Dillon agreed to this in a meeting held March 5, 2013.

    The State of Michigan owes the City of Detroit $224 million in revenue sharing & the documentation/proof is available but only the Mayor can demand the funds!

    We have “NOT” drawn down our $137 million being held by the State of Michigan to make payroll.

    The City’s water department (DWSD) has over a quarter billion of unrestricted cash!

    The FRTR incorrectly reflects the 36th District Court as a City of Detroit entity failing to collect $279.3 million when in fact it is a State entity that owes the City of Detroit $100.9 million! And the State failed to collect its $76 million from the Court.

    The City has adequate operating cash (and does not have a financial emergency) as it has not drawn down on the remaining $60 million being held in escrow by the State of Michigan.

    The City of Detroit negotiated over $105 million cost savings with the unions in December, 2011; verified by State of Michigan accounting firm. Governor Synder advised Mayor Bing NOT to submit these contracts to City Council for approval.

    The State of Michigan revoked the City of Detroit Residency Ordinance in 1999 bleeding the City of up to $11 million yearly totally $154 million and counting.

    According to Tom Barrow, CPA the FRTR improperly depicted the City’s long term debt according to Governmental Accounting Standards; causing the financial picture to look much more grave than it actually is!

    The City of Detroit’s General Fund has had operating surpluses for a number of years except for “Transfers Out” affirmed by Treasurer Dillon.

    The “Financial Emergency” is based on flawed reasoning, misuse of accounting rules and contrived to enable an appointed EFM to privatize the city’s bus system, public lighting system, bust unions by privatizing city functions, laying off Detroit’s workforce & destroying thousands of city households under the phony guist of rightsizing.
    Facts Compiled from the work of Council Member JoAnn Watson; Attorney Crittendon & Tom Barrow, CPA.

    • Kell

      So, with all that money “due” Detroit, why can’t they keep the lights on? Pay the police? Provide for trash removal? Clean up the parks and playgrounds? Clean up the schools? Or stop the mindless violence a specific race of people seem to believe is normal? Y
      our all fighting over nothing at all! Your killing each other over dirty, almost uninhabitable plots of land that look no different then then those you just killed, live in? One block of Detroit, to me, looks no different then any other! Burned out stores, houses, buildings? Trash filled streets, parks and neighborhoods?
      You should be ashamed of yourselves for what YOU allowed that city to become, rather then blaming everyone other then yourselves for what its become!
      Why does Detroit look like a bombed out Beirut, today?
      Why have the mayor and most of the cities “council” been indicted for fraud?, embezzlement?, misappropriation?, intimidation?, corruption?, mismanagement?, and soon to be indicted for what’s going to be found when Detroit’s books are audited?
      You can blame the states “failure to share revenue” but you never address the issue of ‘why’ citizens who don’t live in the city proper or even the county have to cover the costs of that cities expenses? You mentioned laws passed but never touch upon the ‘why’ those laws were passed to begin with, which is as I understand it, an attempt to wake the ‘officials’ of Detroit up to the fact that they were broke a very long time ago?
      The state stepped in to help the city and the city then saw that help as just another entitlement, to be used for themselves but not to pay the cities bills, which is exactly why most of the city is in the dark, to be given to those who’ve shown they can manage themselves!
      And now you have the audacity to demand more of what you’ve not earned, yet wasted?
      You have a lot of nerve, my friend!
      There’s a trend you also failed to mention, where ever liberal, black democrats run a city, and it doesn’t matter which city in America you choose, the very same things always happen!
      Black, liberal democrats are incapable of running anything except their mouths, and when the crap hits the fan, rather then find solutions for cleaning the fan, you threaten to riot, forcibly occupy, or disrupt the lives of those who’ve supported you in apparent perpetuality as a threat to get more of what you haven’t earned and certainly don’t deserve!
      Maybe having your city finally collapse around your heads might wake you folks up, but I sincerely doubt it!
      If it were up to me, you’d be on your own, the decent, law abiding folks would be given the opportunity to be escorted out, and y’all can make due with what evers left!

  • Elleymae

    Isn’t he the councilman who has a car & driver at his disposal? Should I wonder why he is against anyone cleaning up the money issues in Detroit? For the most part he has invited that criminal element into Detroit to burn down whatever they missed in ’67. Have at it – it will make development that much easier…. and he will be out of a job

  • http://hypestyle.wordpress.com hypestyle

    Part of the challenge is that African American leadership (and activists) have to learn how to evolve in scope and agendas. Being (over)reliant on a circa-1970 black-power archetype in all forms of leadership is myopic at best.
    I respect Cory Booker for being genuinely progressive and responsive, though I’m sure he’s not perfect.
    Detroit/Michigan became overreliant on the automobile-related factories as a jobs pipeline for those who were high school graduates (or even dropouts). The pathway for the unskilled or semi-skilled to get hired into middle-class-enabling jobs just doesn’t exist anymore. Entry-level jobs in various service sectors (retail, food, hospitality, etc.) aren’t going to cut it. Just saying “shame on you, Chrysler/Ford/GM, you should be building 10 more factories within city limits!” isn’t going to cut it. Detroit’s traditional kingmakers in its political consultants and pastors (especially the megachurch types) have proven to be just as ineffectual as anyone else in cultivating genuinely forward-thinking leadership. So much of all you have to do is to talk the right churchy talk to get the bishops (and the devout congregations) in your corner, and you almost have it made. In Kilpatrick’s case, he was able to hit all the right notes to get religious folks on his side; he was able to talk a good game with the Pan-African folks to get them on board, and since he was Gen X/hip-hop, he could talk the right lingo to get the “street” and youth demographic on his side. Unfortunately, he was mentored by some of the worst in old-school machine profiteers. Kilpatrick continued Archer’s arc of bringing further redevelopment investment downtown and midtown, but the broader swath of the city’s neighborhoods languished. Bond debt was repeatedly sought out to plug holes in the annual budget, and late filings became a regular trend. Despite all of the bizarre misadventures and public scandals, a significant demographic of folks continued to openly support him– hello, cognitive dissonance– based in part on the notion that black leadership are supposed to be “high steppers”/wealthy in all forms, in order to hold court with the mainstream (white) culture. Kilpatrick reinforced this notion in select statements, defending exorbitant expenditures on city credit cards as simply what you have to do in order to attract investors. His police bodyguards rivaled the Presidential secret service in their proliferation. All in all, it was a glaringly self-serving administration, paying lip service to looking out for its citizenry while “can’t stop the hustle” was the real mission statement. Amazing.

  • Eric

    Only the people with their hands in the pocket of Detroit would protest. There will be no riots.

  • http://www.curefordetroit.info Alonzo Fleming

    The ONLY life that boogerhead Kenyatta has sacrificed has been the lives of innocent Detroiters!
    If there is to be any kind of revolt, it shoud be a revolt against the stupidity that fills the ONE brain cell still clattering around under that otherwise empty skull of boogerhead Kenyatta!

  • Thom

    And this is why detroit fails.

  • bebow

    Such words are intended to incite a riot among the neighborhoods’ street folk. There will be violence and destruction if this doesn’t stop. Detroit’s “unselected” residents will be the ones left facing the consequences. The bourgies will step off unscathed after their dirty work is done with “Who is you?” once again falling from their lips. If the bourgies want to riot in Detroit, let them do it for themselves. The rest of us would like a little peace and a return of our services, which were diverted elsewhere to enhance the lives of “selected” residents.

  • Dan Tatarian

    I sure Mr Kenyatta has his reasons and I am sure they are valid. If the rest of Detroit would stop listening to the media and think for themselves they would see that The emergency manager is against the people of Detroit. If I wanted to free up money immediately in the City I would cancel all leases w/developers and put the offices in City owned property. If everyone remembers Mr Kenyatta is the one who started the removal of Kilpatrick and would applaud him as a leader and visionary. I am sure if we look at Hamtramck and see that the emergency manager didn’t resolve anything and they asked to go bankrupt again. The Governor is in the pockets of the developers who want to line their pockets w/ our tax dollars. I will protest at Mr Kenyatta side and work for the freedom of Detroit residents and businesses. Power to the people!!!!!!!!

    • Toka313

      Thanks for talking some sense. I’ll be there whenever I can. And I’m white. This is a law that is racist in its application, and I have no business allowing it to happen either as I’m a resident as well.

    • s

      The only racism found in the application of the EM is the fact that you are not welcome in Detroit if you are White. Just ask the hood rats that run the worst parts of the city. “Go back to the suburbs” is a common theme running in most parts of the City.

    • james

      If the city stops all leases with developers (a negligible amount of money ) then they would probably leave and take there tax dollars elsewhere.

    • Chris

      I’m a detroiter. I live here, I own property and and a business. I don’t support comments like this. He and some others are the reason we are facing a state take over. We all need to work together and help the EM and what common sense councilman remain and make this next chapter in detroits history work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.lazlo.3 Tim Lazlo

    Kwame Kenyatta should be embarrassed! Because of his and the rest of the city council’s incompetence, we as Detroiters find ourselves in this mess! The clowncil needs to stop making excuses and look in the mirror!

    • http://www.curefordetroit.info Alonzo Fleming

      Well said!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pam.messbarger Pam Messbarger

    When you vote by the color of someones skin and not by their character and values this is what you get. Wake up people it’s not a black/white thing anymore, it’s about responsibility, honesty, and values, that all cultures possess, so vote for a person who can do the job, that has been the failure in Detroit for decades, starting with Mayor Young and ending with Kwayme whathisname. UGH!

    • http://twitter.com/fuzzytek Stephen Boyle (@fuzzytek)

      You must never have heard the values, character, and dedication to serving the people that Kwame Kenyatta has carried. The job of running the city is Mayor Bing’s and his staff. People that hold CLOSED meetings and shun transparency of government. It isn’t just Bing now or Kilpatrick or Young… the cronyism and misappropriation continues for decades. The state has planted people into positions in Detroit determined to move assets away from the people’s interests. Those people whom I know and trust in local government are doing their best to work for the people in serving the city are the ones frequently served up as obstructionists by the corporate lead mass media. The reporter for this story had his run in with that agenda being served. At some point you say – I WILL REPORT THE TRUTH. Because hiding behind lies will have you making sure nobody steps on your tail as it grows longer and longer.

    • OBSERVER

      Detroit IS a Black city, so it is a Black thing.

      No White city is disfunctional. Not a single one, but every majority Black city in the US is a disaster. Don’t take my rayciss word for it. Do your own research.

      Blacks and White do not behave the same. Even Blacks know that. It is the foolish White who don’t see it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hector.vonduffy Hector Von Duffy

    Sounds just like the Teapartiers with all their talk of a revolt if Obama won the election.

    • booger Bob

      You’re an idiot.

    • AmericanSheepdog

      Sounds like you have been told what to think about what the Tea Party says. How many revolts have there been since Obama won a second term?
      Why don’t you tune out the Ministry of Truth media and see what is really going on in the world.

  • Blair

    Why on earth would you ever screw other Detroiters trying to get to work by shutting down freeways. Just cut it out. Sincerely, a person who works in Detroit and NEEDS TO GET TO WORK!

  • http://gravatar.com/cattgirl0813 cattgirl0813

    I used to support Mr. Kenyatta when he first ran because he seemed to be rational and willing to think before speaking. As time has gone on, he’s proven otherwise. Today, he crossed the line with these incendiary words. He should be ashamed.

  • http://hurlco.wordpress.com Tim Hurley

    Councilman Kwame Kenyatta is a punk and wanna-be gangsta’ idiot bitch who ought to keep his ignorant, race-baiting pie-hole shut.