Protesters Disrupt Financial Review Board Hearing in Detroit

Click On Detroit, March 27, 2012

The state-appointed review team tasked with combing through Detroit’s money troubles reiterated Monday that the city is facing monumental financial strain and wants Gov. Rick Snyder to continue consent agreement talks with mayor Dave Bing.

“We declared that the city of Detroit is under severe financial stress, that there exists within the city a financial emergency,” said review team member Conrad Mallett Jr. “We still, I think the majority of the persons on the emergency review board believe that an agreement can be struck between the state treasurer and the mayor that will give the city a go-forward path way that will provide the city with financial stability.”

Mallett said he and others on the team don’t believe an emergency manager is necessary for the city. Snyder has also said his end goal is not have one placed in the city.

“We believe that the elected representatives and the elected mayor in cooperation with the state of Michigan can do this work,” Mallett said.

Snyder has 10 days to accept or modify any recommendations given by the review team.


The review team faced a firestorm of criticism from more than 50 protesters who disrupted the meeting.

Chanting “no consent decree” and breaking into verses of “We Shall Overcome,” the crowd Monday essentially stopped state Treasurer Andy Dillon from speaking several times.


On March 13, Snyder unveiled a proposal giving a nine-member financial advisory board and its appointees sweeping power to restructure Detroit city government and control the city’s finances. Dave Bing and City Council would remain in office—but with reduced powers.

The state and city have been negotiating Detroit’s counter-proposal to a Snyder plan.

Mayor Dave Bing balked at that plan, complaining it took too much authority from elected officials. He had called for a seven-member board to “monitor” the restructuring.


[Editor’s Note: Be sure to watch the video which portrays one protester saying “This is white supremacy. We will fight you. And before we let you take over our city, we will burn it down.”]

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  • IstvanIN

    And before we let you take over our city, we will burn it down. 

    In Brazil they practice slash and burn agriculture to create fields for crops. Perhaps the same would work in Detroit, goodness knows there isn’t much “city” left worth saving.

    • 25 percent of Detroit is abandoned. Some have it as high as 40 percent. For several years now there were proposals to bulldoze and raze these areas and convert them to mega-farms, presumably ran by organization like Monsanto or Archer Mills Daniels as a works-program and job opportunity for blacks.

      It makes a lot of sense, but when you think about it, it is just cotton picking with pretensions and no blacks will ever go for anything that reminds them of the plantation days. Those were the days when blacks had to work for food instead of swiping an EBT card. The thought still traumatizes and infuriates, honest work for food.

  • Burn Detroit down! Anything but that! Anything but that.

    Oh, and when you’re finished, please don’t throw me in that briar patch.


    • Oil Can Harry

      If Detroit is burned down (again) how will we tell?

  • sbuffalonative

    “before we let you take over our city, we will burn it down.”

    I’ve long believed that the following quote from Milton encapsulates the ethos of the black man:

    “Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.”

    • saxonsun

      They’ve turned our nation into  hell.

    • It was Satan speaking, and he is, by definition-indestructible. Blacks- not even close.

  • Detroit_WASP

    He should have said, “We’ll burn it down AGAIN!”

  •  Why is it that every time blacks are staring the results of their own corruption and incompetence in the face, their response is to stage what might be called “gorilla theater”? And why were these demonstrators allowed to disrupt an official meeting concerning the future of their once great but now misbegotten city? Don’t they have police in Detroit any more? Or is it against the law up there to interrupt someone singing “We Shall Overcome”?

    • Why is it that every time blacks are staring the results of their own
      corruption and incompetence in the face, their response is to stage what
      might be called “gorilla theater”?

       To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “Gorilla is as gorilla does.”

  • xxxtonygunsxxx

    can you burn a vacant lot

  • I was thinking that this would not be the first time that the city of Detroit would be burned down. Wasn’t it burned down during the 1960’s riots after the death of Martin Luther King?


    I doubt that these blacks know what fire is.  

    • The_Bobster

      They do when they set White kids on fire.

  • JackKrak

    Why is it that meetings like this can inspire the, um, ‘protesters’ to get organized, motivated and inspired to do something but living in poverty in a hellhole of their own making doesn’t?

    Just easier to wait for the first of the month, I guess.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    “This is white supremacy. We will fight you. And before we let you take over our city, we will burn it down.”
    Except you have one major problem:  There isn’t much worth burning left in Detroit!!

    When nothing else is left and the facts are not on your side — bring in $harpton and Jack$on and scream “racism” or threaten to “burn it down.”   Yeah, that worked out so well last time you…


  • Executive summary:  The New Black Panthers will burn down the parts of Detroit that the old Black Panthers didn’t

  • saxonsun

    I once had an African student who said that without the British his people would have nothing and that his literacy was proof of that.

    • IstvanIN

      OMG! I once worked with a Nigerian woman who argued with our 1960s hippy white boss ver how beneficial British Colonial rule was to Nigeria’s development how they squandered it after independence, which is why she was in the US!

  • The_Bobster

    Our ancestors didn’t bring them here.

  • What has always cracked me up about Blacks is that when they are mad with whites, they do not go and burn up the white areas, they burn up their own. How stupid can that be?

  • haroldcrews

    Rioters typically attack fire fighters and EMS.

  • The_Bobster

    If I told you who the primary slave traders were, my post would be deleted.

    Hint: They still are to this day.

  • They act as if this would go down in history like the burning of Athens or Alexandria. First burning of a major US city and not one news article on it.