Watson Emerging as Leader on Detroit’s Emergency Manager Appeal

Darren A. Nichols, The Detroit News, March 11, 2013

City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson doesn’t mince words when it comes to state involvement in Detroit’s affairs.

She’s called the consent agreement an “unprecedented right-wing gangster move.” She accused the state of wanting to turn Belle Isle into a “playground for the rich.” And the prospect of an emergency manager? “Constitutional assault.”

JoAnn Watson

JoAnn Watson

Watson—daughter of a Methodist minister, eldest of 10 children, lifelong civil rights activist—has become the public voice of Detroiters determined to hang on to self-rule as the city faces a prospect of a state takeover this week.

In a boardroom at the state Treasury building on Tuesday, the city gets its final chance to argue why Gov. Rick Snyder should not appoint an emergency manager to reverse Detroit’s financial crisis. {snip}

But for Watson, there’s no way the birthplace of the labor movement, the Nation of Islam, the Shrine of the Black Madonna and Motown will be taken over by the state on her watch.

“Someone said to me this week, they cannot believe that Detroit of all cities would be subject to this in-your-face constitutional assault,” Watson said during a recent rally. “We must hold true and recognize none of our freedoms were acted easily or comfortably. Nobody is going to come in and perpetuate a right-wing agenda.”

Watson, a Detroit native first elected in 2003, has encouraged city residents to fight the state’s plans. She sponsored a rally last summer on Belle Isle and packed a City Hall auditorium last week with a spirited anti-emergency manager crowd. Her activism has angered critics who say her racially charged rhetoric is misguided and does little to solve the city’s fiscal problems.

“To protest and calling people out for being racist or evil, that’s nice work, but it doesn’t change where you’re at financially,” political analyst Eric Foster said, referring to Watson and others who oppose state intervention.


Before joining council, Watson opposed plans to eliminate residency requirements for city workers, drop Recorder’s Court and close mental health facilities. More recently, she’s championed a Marshall Plan to fix Detroit and a bailout by the federal government, arguing that no other city in America has been hit as hard by foreclosures and the auto industry collapse.


Political expert Steve Hood calls Watson a tireless fighter who has stood up for Detroit residents. Still, he hopes her passion doesn’t get anyone hurt, pointing out protesters who snarled traffic on two freeways last week.

“In this case, I hope her advocacy does not incite something we cannot control,” Hood said. “People have the right to demonstration, but we don’t need them to be that crazy. We don’t need another black eye.”


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    • liberalsuck

      If we don’t help out, then we’ll be called racists. Yet if we do, then we’ll be accused of forcing our culture on them. Can’t win.

      • “If we don’t help out, then we’ll be called racists.” And…?

  • John

    Everything that Blacks come into contact with is completely ruined. There is really no delicate way to say it. It’s simply the truth and every metric in existence bears that out.

  • guest

    Just based on the picture, I know I wouldn’t hire that woman to clean my toilet.

    I was hoping they would get a Chinese person, like a CPA who is from China to come in and act as an overseer. That’s what they need. It’s proven to work in Africa, and it can work here.

    • MikeofAges

      I’ve noted that. Maybe we should give up in Africa and be happy the Indians and Chinese are giving it a try. Maybe there won’t be quite the same amount of antagonism there.

  • SargeInCharge

    Her wardrobe, her politics, her entire life is wrapped up with being antithetical to white America. And that’s why Detroiters elect her.

    • bluffcreek1967

      Good point Sarge! Her attire, her silly headdress, and her menacing facial expression is all manifestation of her hatred for whitey. Many whites can’t see sort of thing because they’re far removed from how blacks really are. Once they spend enough time with them – especially if they’ve become a victim of them – they start to see the subtle nuances which reveal how much blacks despise whites.

      • 48224

        Didn’t a major food company stop using an image of “Aunt Jemima” because the head dress was seen as a racist image?


      • Andy

        Why doesn’t she wear the authentic clothing of her ancestors (i.e. not anything that covers her fully or requires textile printing)?

      • MikeofAges

        It’s the silly head inside of it. Well, local officeholders. What do you expect?

    • JackKrak

      All true, but I also think there’s something else behind the hostility to the “takeover”. It’s not just the indignity of having whitey step in to (try to) clean up the mess, I think we’re going to find out a lot more about the spending habits of certain people who have been in control of the gubbamint bank accounts in Detoilet & that’s what it’s really about.

    • 48224

      I wonder how many baby-daddy she got?

      • guest

        She has four children. She is a single mom. She has (I assume) been dependent on taxpayers for every resource she and her four children have ever consumed in their entire lives. She hates white taxpayers but every bite of food she has eaten in her life has come from them. She is the perfect representative of Detroit.

        She’s also got the chicken-necking scowl and the faux Afrocentric garb, all of which ooze her hatred of us white taxpayers who keep her on life support.

        • MikeofAges

          The way you become a single mom, apart from divorce or the break up of common law relationship, in the normal course of events is by having affairs with men. Not one nighters. Not quickies. Not unwanted, impromptu or inadvertent encounters. Affairs. Maybe one beau at as time. Maybe juggling a bunch of them. But affairs. Has anyone ever had the never to ask a single mom, without naming names, to tell how she became a single mom. Or is “single mom” a one line garden wall between you and the mess your life was in. Kind of like bankruptcy, you know.

        • 48224

          She probably buys her costumes at black leftists R US.

  • 1proactive2

    Watson, like other black DIEtroit politicians past and present, is a one woman validation of The Bell Curve.

    • So CAL Snowman

      right tail or left tail? Ha, just kidding! How many blacks even know what a z-score is?

  • Salarino

    This woman is a joke on so many levels, but imo her make-believe African persona is the funniest. She doesn’t even realize she is making a fool of herself.

    • mike

      The absolutely scariest thing about most blacks is they are too stupid to know they are stupid.

      • So CAL Snowman

        The same can be said of white liberals.

        • a multiracial individual

          White liberals are not all dumb MTV types. Of course, for the more thoughtful ones, a good deal of confabulation is occuring inside their heads.

          • liberalsuck

            People who push liberalism for a living are smart people; people who follow liberalism are not bright people. The white liberals and jewish liberals generally don’t live around blacks or mexicans or muslims, etc. They generally live in rich, well-to-do neighborhoods with almost no diversity, unless you count the Mexicans mowing their lawn.

      • 48224

        Blacks like to say whites suffer from “the ignorance of privilege”

        I like to say blacks suffer from the ignorance of stupidity. Intelligent blacks like Thomas Sowell exempted

        • liberalsuck

          They accuse whites of having ‘white privilege’, yet when Hispanics, Middle Easterners and Asians come into their areas and set up businesses and make a lot of money, then the blacks accuse them of ‘exploiting blacks.’ Many blacks are unable it seems to fill up their empty stores on their own and better their own communities. The black leaders complain about being ruled by others, yet so many of the community won’t make the effort to make themselves independent. In the old days they said black neighborhoods had businesses, banks, apartments, restaurants, hotels, etc. What happened? Nowadays their young are busy killing each other and going to jail and blaming it on others, meanwhile other groups are busy working and trying to plan ahead for the future.

          • MikeofAges

            African Americans have never been able to establish an independent commercial economy. Everybody else seems to from the day they get here, whether European, East Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern or Latin American. Pretty quickly, they even get outsiders to buy at their businesses. Even in Africa blacks have a problem with this issue to the extent that a lot of (maybe almost all of) the commercial business is operated by Indians and Chinese. Without an internal economy and some interchange with outside communities, you depend one hundred percent on employment with someone else for your income. Not a good recipe for getting ahead in the world.

            Especially when your community is collectively short on employability in so many occupations in the first place. Maybe ending the insistence on a high school diploma would help some people. Reminds me of something San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll (yes, a leftist. But within limits, an independent thinker) said about giving money to a homeless addict or alcoholic. “Do you think that if you don’t give this guy a couple of bucks, tomorrow morning he’ll sober?” Same for ghetto and barrio high school dropouts. Do you think that if you somehow could keep these people in school till they graduated, they would come out literate, reliable and well-versed in computers skills and finite math (i.e. algebra, trigonometry and analytic geometry). A few would, of course. But the rest would be about the same. Cast down your buckets where you are, because you don’t have much choice but to work with what you’ve got. One of my dictums: “You may make the world better. But you’ll never make it any different.” An other one, I use it, but didn’t invent it. “If you want to change the world, change the animal.” Not going to happen either. In fact, if the”animal” is changing, it’s probably for the worse.

      • bluffcreek1967

        This is one of the major problems with blacks worldwide: They lack the intelligence, the depth and presence of mind to see their own stupidity. These people are both impulsively violent and horribly dim-witted at the same time – the worst of combinations!

  • The black people of Detroit have spoken. Whitey needs to butt out, and let them solve their own problems.

    • rebelcelt

      but give us your money,Honky

      • liberalsuck

        “Us white people will give you our money, but on the following conditions: you can’t come into white areas, you can’t impregnate our white females, you can’t attack white people and you can’t ask us for jobs or force us to do business with you in any way possible. Deal?”

    • Nathanwartooth

      Agreed. But sadly they will just beg for Federal money endlessly and call people racist if they object.

  • Robert

    Why is Governor Snyder pandering to blacks? He’s going to get none of their votes no matter what he does. He should show some courage and announce that he doesn’t care about hurting their feelings. Coddling them is what created the problem. Coddling them will not get them out of the problem.

    • Robert

      I think I read the headline wrong. Watson is emerging as the leader resisting the state takeover. It doesn’t say that Governor Snyder is considering her for the emergency manager position.

      I volunteer for the position! I’ll have Detroit running like a plantation within a month if I’m given enough powers.

      • Non Humans

        I wouldn’t even go as far with it. The easiest and best way to deal with it as “Financial Manager” would be to simply trim all of the excesses. Balance the city budget mercilessly. Cut all of the welfare programs and divert those funds to maintaining the infrastructure.
        So they will go hungry and without electricity and other things… Well necessity is the mother of creativity, is it not? If nonhumans see themselves as such a strong people, then we would expect them to pull through and be better off as a result of the hardship.
        That wasn’t a very liberal, PC, or democratic thing for me to say was it? (I’m not any of those things)

    • Sloppo

      Why do you imply that Detroit has a problem? Detroit is just another normal African community, just like Atlanta, New Orleans, Haiti, and Zimbabwe. The people who have a problem are the ones who think an African community is supposed to in some way resemble European civilization.

  • Tom Iron

    Blacks are like rabid dogs who will bite the hand that feeds them. The state of Michigan made a big mistake by sending a manager. I know full well what will happen. We here in N.J. did the same thing with our “little detroit,” Camden. When you have a state manager, they just gouge the state and if the manger says anything, they’ll scream he doesn’t like them because they’re black.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    Put a wall around the city and shut off all welfare. Then tell the undertow, it is yours to fix. MadMax / Lord of the Flies starting in 3….2….1.

    • MikeS

      600,000 negros enter, none leave

  • Barrack Osama

    They should follow her advice and let Detroit spiral even further. A worthy testament to its black administration.

  • bigone4u

    Cut off the flow of white taxpayer money to Detroit and let the blacks take sole responsibility for the messes they create. i assume the blacks would like this idea since everything white is so racist. Oh, white money isn’t racist? Well, excuse me.

    • Digitalis Purpurea

      Nah, white money is green. It’s all good. Dey beez fo repurrashunz an sheeat.

  • The__Bobster

    When a NAPA resorts to donning Afreakan garb, you know you’re dealing with a real scoundrel.

  • jambi19

    Here is a link I am posting that is a compilation of pictures of Detroit city council. Look through them and ask yourself if this council is more reflective of the USA or Zimbabwe.


    • My God! Just think what the photos of the women would look like minus the wigs and horse-hair weaves.

      • MikeofAges

        New old saying. Remember the line from the Townes Van Zandt ballad Pancho and Lefty? “He wore his gun outside his pants, for all the honest world to feel”.

        Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t, metaphorically in this case. Maybe the turban-hat-and-fake-hair get up is just cover for being a sneaky person.

  • Robert Binion

    Beggars can’t be chiselers?

  • a multiracial individual

    They want the cash, but not the sass.

  • Grim Jim

    We have the Midas touch on one end, and the negro touch on the other. End of story.

  • mike

    She reminds me of that loud mouthed lard bucket city council woman Conners they shipped of to prison for corruption and stupidity a couple years ago.

  • Quintricious DeMarco

    Please allow Detroit to die a rather slow and ungraceful African-style death. Thank you. That is all. Carry on.

  • Quintricious DeMarco

    Just given that large woman’s photo with no subtitle or story and she would fit in any African country on earth except for pygmi regions.

    • IstvanIN

      She would probably love to have a pygmy for dinner.

    • Andy

      Not North African (you know, the white or white-ish people that actually accomplished stuff), Horner, or Khoisan, based on her physical appearance. And natives, I’m sure, could narrow down her ethnicity much further. Her clothing would make her stick out in any “wild” (naked/ loincloth-wearing/ grass-wearing) or “domesticated” (western hand-me-down-wearing) community. She’d have to be an upper-class deluded whiner like she is here to be dressed like that.

  • Son of Abraham

    “Watson said during a recent rally. “We must hold true and recognize none of our freedoms were acted easily or comfortably”
    “acted easily?”
    Does she not mean “enacted?”
    Apparently her language skils are on a par with your average NBA forward.

    • Son of Abraham

      I meant skills, not skils.

      • IstvanIN

        You really meant “skeels”.

        • Digitalis Purpurea


  • haroldcrews

    By wanting a ‘Marshal Plan’ for Detroit is she acknowledging Black rule is as destructive as total war? If she is then she and I are in agreement on that one point.

  • Tinfoil A22hat

    What a poster child for “negro fatigue”.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Oh my god, it’s Aunt Jemima!

    The idea that a woman who doesn’t even wear modern, first-world clothing could help run a city in a supposedly modern, first-world country is the biggest laugh of all.

    • Andy

      That is modern clothing. The ancient West Africans that she’s trying to evoke certainly didn’t dress like that.

      • ken

        She needs to wear a cow dung hat that is occasionally moistened with hyaena urine to keep it supple and fetching.

  • Paleoconn

    By all means, the State should not take it over. Cut them off completely. Whites are not wanted there, let the blacks finish off the job on their own without a dime of White taxpayer money ever again being wasted on these hopeless people.

  • KittyAmerica

    I did not know about a Shrine of the Black Madonna; this is an abomination. I dont even want to look it ip online because it will be more than I can bear to know.

  • Digitalis Purpurea

    Lol, so this is a rayciss Republican thing again. Every time we’re forced to clean up their messes behind them, they scream racism and point their fingers at the GOP to save face – like we don’t know what’s really going on or something. What are they going to say when Libertarians are forced to intervene in affairs of mass black failure? Racist? Even if it’s true, what does that tell you? Answer: Everyone recognizes black incompetence. No amount of damage control or magical TV depictions will breathe life back into rapey slumlands like Detroit. It will take nothing short of non-black intervention. If you want to stop a fire, you don’t pour more gasoline on it.

    • SargeInCharge

      You’d be suprised how many white people fall for the “it’s all scoio-economic” lie. Just today I saw white people saying, “Kwame got convicted. The financial manager was appointed. Time to get Detroit up and hopping again!”
      I pointed out that Detroit will not be up-and-hopping again until their is a demographic overhaul which is highly unlikely.

  • IKantunderstand

    Ms. Watson is the perfect example of Negro leadership; which is to say, that she is a sterling example of advocating for White slavery. The Negroes of the Detroit City Council, say that an EM is an abrogation of their constitutional rights, but they have no problem with forcing the White slaves of Michigan to pay for their very livelihood and upkeep, with NO SAY on how the money will be spent. These parasitic Negroes don’t care that Whites’ constitutional rights are abrogated. Who cares? They’re slaves! As far as Belle Isle is concerned, Ms. Watson, are you F’N kidding me? What completely out of their mind rich White person, would be willing to drive through no man’s land to visit Belle Isle? Oh, wait, did the evil Rick Snyder propose a helipad for Belle Isle? Along of course, with the complete disappearance of all other islands in the entire world.

  • Shattered

    She’s using her “African tribal wisdom” to deduce that.

  • libertarian 1234

    “Nobody is going to come in and perpetuate a right-wing agenda.”

    By all means give her what she wants.

    Just as long as she understands she’s got to either swim or sink…..And that relocating when the trash and garbage builds up to mountainous levels is prohibited.

    She’s too stupid to understand it was incompetents like her who brought the city down.

    The only solution to every failing black-run city in the country is to build fifty-foot walls around them, drop in care packages by air and let them fight it out with each other, just as they have been doing all along.

    Otherwise they’ll have to be cared for like imbecillic children, while they continue to drag this country down to third world levels.

    • liberalsuck

      The conservative talking heads will blame Detroit’s failures on liberalism; the liberals will blame it on discrimination, both past and present.

  • RHG

    One thing you can always count on, anyone dresses like that you can bet is going to be an incompetent, race-baiting ignoramus.

  • Why the hell are Americans from other communities bailing out their city? We’re not slaves, pay your own goddamn bills or suffer the consequences.

  • bubo

    Blacks like this are so used to getting their way I have doubt as to whether she has ever heard a white person say the word “no.” That’s what needs to happen, big time. The adults, namely white people, need to tell the children NO! You’ve had it your way but that time has passed.

    As far as I’m concerned whatever the state does is not nearly enough. The entire Detroit city council and Mayor’s office should be disbanded and a coalition of whites take over.

  • Remember what General Colin Powell said to President George W. Bush when he wanted to invade Iraq? “If you break it, you own it”.

    The black folks broke Detroit…

    • MikeofAges

      That’s a positive side to blacks in America. A kind of pragmatic directness whites of seems incapable of with all of the nuancing and calculation that goes on. How many thousand of lives and trillions of dollars later, and hard to say we’re better off. The goal of every faction in the Middle East is to create an institutionalized one party system. One man, one vote, one time. If even that.