Is There Room for Black People in the New Detroit?

Suzette Hackney, Politico, September 28, 2014

On a sunny Tuesday earlier this month, I watched from the picture window of one of Detroit’s new and hip West Village eateries as children whizzed by on scooters, smiling couples walked their designer dogs and tattooed millennials chatted among themselves while smoking both electronic and tobacco-laced cigarettes.

The corner of Agnes and Parker streets is a vibrant microcosm of Detroit’s so-called urban pioneer movement. And inside the restaurant named Craft Work, the long high-top tables and bar stools were nearly filled to capacity with folks sipping on specialty cocktails and noshing on warm chickpeas and fish tacos. The whole scene was a far cry from when I lived in the adjoining apartment building in the early 2000s, when darkened gas lights helped obscure the vacant store fronts of the former retail strip. There were no pop-ups to attract people, and the limited foot traffic was mostly from those who lived in my building or the one across the street, and were walking to or from the secured parking lots.

But this is the new Detroit.

I’m not writing this letter from afar; I live 45 minutes south of the city in Toledo, Ohio. Detroit is where I lived, worked and played until two years ago, when I left the city to accept a journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan. I was a newspaper reporter in Detroit from 1996 to 2012. I worked for both dailies, but spent most of my career at the Detroit Free Press covering City Hall, crime, neighborhoods and the run-up to the appointment of the city’s emergency manager, who in July 2013 filed bankruptcy on behalf of Detroit and last week handed back management of the city to the mayor and city council.

I still own a home in an inner-ring suburb, less than a mile from the city proper. My network of friends remains in Detroit, and in many ways I still consider the Motor City my home base. But I must admit that leaving Detroit has given me a chance to step back and observe with a journalistic eye the city’s transformation, a luxury often not possible when I was reporting on murders and the city’s budget crisis every day.

Every time I return to the city, the landscape has changed: Where once was a vandalized shell of a building, there’s a new coffee shop here or a high-end clothing boutique there. Whole Foods opened in Midtown last year, the first national food retailer to invest in the city in years. The market is boosting local businesses by carrying Detroit-made products on its shelves. And the upscale Shinola hawks its thousand-dollar watches, leather goods and bicycles in a renovated century-old automobile warehouse near Wayne State University. A new hockey arena, entertainment district and streetcar system are coming online. Most of this development is occurring in downtown, Midtown and Corktown–areas that have seen significant progress in the last decade–and trickling into neighborhoods such as West Village, located on one edge of the city’s central business district. There’s a palpable energy; Detroit’s decades of urban decay are finally giving way to reinvestment and revitalization.

Still a question looms: Is there room for low income residents to benefit from the dazzling reinvention of their city?

Newlyweds Michael and Tia Hilson are long-time Detroiters, living in the low-income MarketPlace Court apartments near Eastern Market. Michael is 29, has a 5-year old daughter and works as a manager for various musical acts from metro Detroit and elsewhere. He questions why millions of dollars are being spent on a streetcar system instead of investing in education and job training for future generations.

“They could take this money and put it in [Detroit Public Schools],” he said. This development “is for the white folks and tourists. It ain’t for us.”


Detroit is now a place where, in its most bustling parts, the faces are often young and white. Eighty-three percent of Detroit’s 688,701 residents are African American, according to the latest Census figures–the city has been majority black for more than three decades–but you’d be hard pressed to believe those numbers because, well, the black population seems less visible now. National media outlets have been criticized for parachuting into the city, and only showing white Detroit. But if we are painfully honest with ourselves, the growing majority of startups, businesses and restaurants attracting such broad attention, are mostly white owned. Dispatches from Detroit as the latest urban comeback story don’t often include scenes from deep inside the city’s distressed neighborhoods. Such ruin porn, as it’s called, would defeat the purpose.


I’m excited about this new Detroit, but I am also deeply troubled. I am concerned that there is not more of a conversation about Detroit’s poor, black and under-educated residents. I’m worried about the widening gap of segregation by income. I’m fearful that in our desire to see one of the world’s iconic cities remake itself into an attractive hub for the tech savvy, the artistic and the upwardly mobile, we’re losing perspective of the need for sustainable jobs and an affordable quality of life for the majority of those who don’t live in downtown or Midtown and will never have more than a tangential connection to those areas.


Billionaire Dan Gilbert, a name that’s becoming as synonymous with Detroit commerce as Henry Ford’s was back in the day, has purchased 60 buildings in downtown Detroit. He’s creating an incubator of innovation, anchored by Quicken Loans, his online mortgage company. Gilbert has hired his own security force to ensure that his employees are shielded from violent crime and his properties protected from graffiti and vandalism. And instead of waiting on state funding, Gilbert is financing a $1.25 million road construction project that will help improve access and traffic flow to the downtown area and to Greektown Casino-Hotel, which he owns.

“It’s not an illusion that these parts of the city are getting more resources,” Trent said of downtown and Midtown. “The question becomes, Is it the chicken or the egg? Are these places now getting more attention because the racial makeup has changed, or are the racially-diverse residents commanding more attention?”


“Detroit is making progress, but I think the question is ‘progress for who?’ and ‘who is being left behind?’” Michael Whitty, a retired University of Detroit Mercy professor of management and labor relations, and a city researcher for the past 40-plus years, told me. “The positives from the city filing bankruptcy won’t reach the most disadvantaged stratum of Detroit. They won’t even get the most entry-level jobs.”

{snip} What makes Detroit so complex is its history. {snip} Metropolitan Detroit became and remains the nation’s most segregated–a black and poor city surrounded by white and more affluent suburbs. Now there’s a new ring of white affluence in the city, creating almost a reverse Oreo, with black Detroit as the filling.


{snip} I’m frustrated and angry–both at residents for not working to be better, and at a city that let so many of them down. I don’t know what the long view is for Detroit, but I don’t see substantive policies that will do anything other than make Detroit a nicer place to live in poverty for most residents. Urban pioneering alone will not change Detroit, and I can’t shake my feelings of unease. For so long, even as I helped expose all the problems of the city, I wished and prayed for a better Detroit. I just always hoped it would be a better place for all.

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  • propagandaoftruth

    “They could take this money and put it in [Detroit Public Schools],” he said. This development “is for the white folks and tourists. It ain’t for us.”
    Well, you guys did ruin the place, you know…

    • AmericanCitizen

      Took the words out of my mouth.

    • TruthBeTold

      The Dunning–Kruger effect.

      • Mister_Carson

        hadn’t heard of this, so I looked it up. Describes many melanin-enhanced folks to a “tee”. Thx. I always learn stuff from the comments.

      • Augustus3709

        Haha the Wikipedia articles says on top: “This article needs attention from an expert on the subject. The specific problem is: verify that all material is correct.”

        Translation: This article needs to be vetted and edited by a left-wing propagandist.

        • George Costanza

          Go to the David Dinkins page on Wikipedia, if you didn’t know any better, they would have you believe it was him not Rudy Giuliani who saved the city from its “dark” undertow..

      • R L Buds

        That’s why (c)rappres are always going on about how relevant they are, because they if fact aren’t at least not in any practical sence.

        • nukethedems

          Ever notice that the first thing successful rappers do is move “out” of the hood or the ghetto? Usually to a mansion in a safe upscale white neighborhood. Sort of like Chairman ObaMao’s spiritual adviser, Rev. Jeremiah (wrong is) Wright, did when he retired from the, um, clergy.
          Reminds me of that old Bernie Mack joke: “What’s the first thing an NBA rookie gets after he signs his first contract? A new car and a white girl friend!”

    • proud white

      Black people were and always will be Pawns. Just like during slavery when we showed them where to work and how to work. We also showed them how to eat and speak properly. The problem is we have no control over these monsters today. Yes many benefit from heavy affirmative action and artificial intervention has made many of these monsters our bosses BUT the vast majority cannot survive in this civilized word of ours and almost all cannot survive without artificial intervention carrying them through

      • Whitetrashgang

        Yes notice how WT has to take care of them like you would a child or a dog, or everything goes back to the stoneage.

      • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

        Negroes are our racial inferiors. Years ago, they were properly controlled by Whites, although they were still known to create many problems. When Negroes moved North, they were allowed to act however they pleased. This made the Negro problem into the Negro nightmare. They should have been left segregated, and left in the South, unless they were being resettled in Africa. Northern elites hadn’t a clue how Negroes should be handled.

    • 48224

      I was born and raised in Detroit. 48224 is the zip code of the east side neighborhood I grew up in. I watched that neighborhood go from white to black and from beautiful, to a crime ridden disaster with failing schools and burned out homes.
      Whites are moving back into certain areas of Detroit, a THINK there are two white people on the city council now….first time in a while. We now have a white mayor for the first time since the 70s.
      Mark my words…..when enough whites move back into the city and blacks feel like they are losing their death grip on the city… will be 1967 all over again, riots, burning, killing. Something will happen to spark another riot. A cop will shoot a gentle giant, a white homeowner will kill some black kid trying ot come in his bedroom window….and all hell will break loose.

      • propagandaoftruth

        Hey, good stuff but disqus is borderline retarded like your average bush bantu in Africa.
        You have to go back in it and space “paragraphs” out or it makes you look borderline retarded.
        I hate disqus, but what can you do?
        Your assumptions are pretty logical

        • Whitetrashgang

          Moonraker, except this time I play James Bond and help Jaws and Drax industries, Its all I have left to hope for.

          • propagandaoftruth

            I’m hoping to win the lottery which will prove I’m the late blooming antichrist for once and for all. I’ll nut up, use the rest to start a process that will result in Ragnarok.
            You in? I know you are.

      • Chris R

        That’s what I’m afraid of. A few SWPL surrounded by feral blacks is not a good combination. Luckily this Gilbert fellow has hired private security. Some of these richy rich types are getting that blacks are bad for business and are pushing them out.

        I honestly think in the future we will have to wall ourselves off from them like Brazil.

        • cherrie greenbaum123

          It’ll happen, but the elites will wall us off with the blacks. If you’re not in the 1 to 10%, you’re not in the club.

          • jayvbellis

            Those Elites need tough, skilled working class Whites to upkeep their buildings. Ex Yugoslavians run all the buildings in my upper middle class University neighborhood.

      • jayvbellis

        Maybe not.

        Blacks might continue to move out of Northern central cities – think Section 8 new slums like Ferguson MO are more ripe for riots than places like Detroit

      • ThomasER916

        Are they actually “White” or do they belong to the Culture of Critique?

      • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

        The 18-25 demographic of Whites, at present, takes naiveté regarding racial differences in behavior to a whole new level.

      • LHathaway

        “failing schools and burned out homes”.

        The ole insurance money trick in desperate times. Every street has an empty lot I imagine, but I can’t say about Detroit myself. I imagine some of the homes caught fire by accident.

        • 48224

          LHathaway… a white neighborhood, a burned out home is fixed up or replaced. In case you never noticed, black folks don’t build things. They only occupy buildings that others have built.

          • They occupy countries that others have built.

          • LHathaway

            I’m not so sure this is something you can’t blame on race. ‘whites’ don’t build homes, building companies do. You know, I was having a slightly hard time explaining my comment, which is you can’t blame race on this one, and then it hit me, and you say it yourself, surely some of those homes written off were owned by white landlords.

          • 48224

            Hathaway….LOL, seeing a black guy on a construction site is as rare as seeing one playing in the NHL.
            I am in the consturction business, used to teach it, I have a masters in vocational ed. YOU are wrong. White people and Mexicans build homes today. The white guys start the companies and the Mexicans generally work for the white guys but I have seen a few Mexican guys start their own….never a black guy. Back in 1927, it was all white guys that build my neighborhood in Detroit.
            Blaming white landlords is just leftwing nonsense, most of the homes are OWNED by blacks, they bought them with NINJA loans in recent years, you obviously don’t understand the process of a declining neighborhood. Most white landlords bend over backwards to keep the properties decent but they cannot keep up with the damage the blacks do and they let go. The white slum-lord is a stereo type 99% of the time.
            At first, whites put up with the few blacks coming in to the neighborhood because they don’t want to be “racist” but as time goes on, and crime goes up, property values go down, schools turn to crap, everyone who can afford to……leaves. All the whites leave and all the decent blacks leave. The last whites to leave must give their homes away to just get out in one piece.
            You are rally speaking from ignorance if you are white… and if you are black you are in denial. Blacks with a brain know I am telling the truth…..I’ve heard them say it.

      • Alexandra1973

        I’ve lived in Detroit (on Trumbull and Selden) and in the suburbs (48237–Oak Park and 48220–Ferndale). We moved from Detroit to the suburbs in the mid-70s, and it was bad even then. I was 3 when we made the move. Probably because my parents didn’t want me and my sister going to Detroit’s schools.

      • Reva Williamson

        I was thinking the exact same thing. They will get angry with the fact that nobody came to clean up “their” neighborhood, and they’ll decide to ruin everything again. It’s inevitable.
        What’s interesting about the “clean-up” is that it’s being done by private parties. The Negro is sitting on his porch with a beer waiting for the government to come in and do something. Never once giving any thought to possibly cleaning up the trash out if his own front yard.

      • MBlanc46

        I hope you’re wrong, but looting and burning are standard consequences of black anger and frustration. And blacks are easily angered and frustrated.

    • Alexandra1973

      As if throwing more money at the problem will solve it.

      I bet the minute Detroit public schools is all White, they’ll do better.

    • Mack0

      Blacks don’t want whites to improve their neighborhood because its a sad reminder of their own failures. Whites will accomplish in a year what blacks have been trying to do for decades.

    • ThomasER916

      The best thing we could do is destroy those Whites.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Blacks ruined Detroit, along with Cleveland, Buffalo, Baltimore, and Philly. You are absolutely right. Blacks deserve to be castigated for destroying nice neighborhoods where Whites had lived peaceably for generations, not fawned over. My Grandparents had to flee from a neighborhood that went Black in the late sixties, a neighborhood that had been clean and safe for years. Their neighborhood had been clean and safe not because of the residents having tons of money, but because they chose to keep it nice.

      • benvad

        They were decent civilized People from Western Culture. How can you expect savages 180 years removed from being cannibals in the darkest part of Africa, to be anything resembling a person in the truest sense.

        The mind boggles from utopic images of Sesame Street propaganda. They are no different from a rabid chimpanzee and I’m always amazed that they aren’t throwing their feces.

        • brior

          CHICAGO (CBS) — The cold weather has created an unpleasant trend on the CTA’s Red Line.

          Human feces.
          A CTA spokesman confirms there have been a “handful” of complaints about people using train cars as a toilet.

  • AmericanCitizen

    Whites create, Asians imitate, blacks desecrate. It’s the same everywhere. Have no fear, little Tyquon and Lakeisha, you’ll grow up one day and ruin the city even further, the whites will leave again, and you’ll be content like the pigs in filth that you are.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      You insult the noble pig, sir!

    • jayvbellis

      Nah. America is going towards the French model – central cities are prosperous and White, lower class non Whites pushed out to industrial suburbs.

      • Valhalla

        Indeed, this has already started here in Minneapolis/St Paul. Last year Minneapolis Public Schools saw an increase in the number of white students for the first time in decades. St Paul neighborhoods are rapidly gentrifying with new housing and trendy restaurants. Meanwhile, the inner-ring post war suburbs are now mostly older folks and (increasingly) non-whites, as the existing housing stock gets older and starts to lose value.

        That’s all fine by me. My generation (Gen X and Millenials) has finally decided that the beautiful old houses, the parks, the ‘urban forest’ neighborhoods full of old growth trees, and the ability to walk/bike around the neighborhood are things worth preserving. This is all something you can only achieve within the traditional big city limits. Let the mongrels have the run-down 70’s era apartment buildings, the strip malls that are always just a bit too far to walk to, the empty box stores, and the other rapidly failing suburban detritus.

      • benvad

        I’d like to push them into the sea.

      • AmericanCitizen

        I think you are 100% wrong. Our cities are slums. Whites have left in droves over the last 50 years. Check out a demographic map of America and get back to me.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Very well said!! Hispanics are also improving some former Black ghetto stink holes, but still not creating White neighborhoods. Mestizoes are of a higher quality racial stock than Negroes.

      • benvad

        They don’t bother me that much and they are good cooks. I spent time in Mexico and I never had complaints. They try overcharging you but it’s really pathetic, I let them feel like they got one over on me.

      • ElComadreja

        Not much higher. You don’t want them to become a majority in your area. They share many of the traits of blacks.

        • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

          So I have been told. Formerly safe and clean Cicero, Illinois, which was nearly 100% White in the sixties, has been wrecked by the Bronze hordes. Cicero was nice when it was Czech/Italian. Now it is a gangland barrio.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Hey black people. If you want whites out of Detroit, all you gotta do is play the “knock out game” a few times. Trust me, nearly all of white people with “designer dogs” and “Millennials who smoke electronic cigarettes” are of the Democratic Party persuasion. They will NOT be carrying any weapons.

    • B.A_2014

      I shudder to think what I would have done to that primitive shaven monkey if I has been on the scene. In saying that, the young lady propably would have woken up and called the police and the equality commission.

    • proud white

      Keep up the good work DB. And you are right. The people you mention are only concerned with the black guys fists being injured

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Sadly, the surprising thing is he didn’t rob and rape her as well.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Probably is hating himself right now, slipping slipping.

    • benvad

      Knocked out a Desi girl from behind. I’m for just cracking their heads with bats for no reason whatsoever. Got to put the fear of slavery into them like a damn dog.

    • The victim in your sequence of pictures was a young Muslim woman in Britain.

      • ElComadreja

        No big deal then.

        • It is a big deal. I don’t want Muslims anywhere except the bottom of the ocean, but I certainly don’t bop them onto the pavement.

    • bavieca

      that guy is clearly insane, that girl is beautiful! why injured a beautiful girl? if it were me, my palms instead of my fists will be all over her gorgeous physique.

      • Why not just leave her alone?

        • bavieca

          that certainly is the only noble & right thing to do but i’m certainly no saint and won’t pretend otherwise.

          • ElComadreja

            I couldn’t care less what blacks, mestizos and Muslims of any ethnic persuasion do to each other. A pox on all their houses and anyone that pities them.

  • MekongDelta69

    This was a JOKE article, right?!? Tell me it was.

    You’ve had fifty years of room for blacks Suzette Hackney, you blank-blank mental midget. Are you blind, deaf, and stupid? – Or just all ‘three’?

    • benvad

      No she’s not an idiot, she knows this question will work on bleeding heart white liberals. It always has and it always will.

  • Stiv44

    Leave blacks alone long enough and they will collapse on their own. I think Obama may have been their high-water mark.

    • leave them alone but carry a big stick . . . . humm, sounds familiar ..

    • Whitetrashgang

      I would go with twerking myself, I guess I am just old school.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Obama ended up identifying more with fellow half-breeds, the Latins.
      Half way to human.

  • Easyrhino

    If blacks in Detroit had an once of ambition they’d start pooling resources, get some black/minority only loans, and start to buy these homes you can pick up for a song and start flipping them.

    But alas, that’s a big “if”.

    • Ike Eichenberg

      Ambition without intelligence rarely leads to success for blacks outside of athletics and possibly rap music.

  • Dave4088

    I wouldn’t make room for blacks in Detroit. But if by some miracle whites partially revive the black dystopia that is Detroit, the whole process of decline will start over again since whites never learn when it comes to race; they will allow blacks to move back in and make endless demands and burn, kill and loot when those demands aren’t met.

    • ejXinMI

      In my lifetime, I have seen this act several times: A gaggle of 20/30-somethings think they are cool and hip enough to rescue Detroit from the ignorant and racist white folks who callously abandoned this jewel. “Blacks? No problem for us… we’re not racist.” And then, babies are born, cars are stolen, homes burgled. They fortify their domicile, but soon realize it has become a prison for them. Their friends and family stop visiting. Sometimes their urban homestead is sold, sometimes it is simply abandoned. Again. And the erstwhile do-gooders move back into whiteness where they can bray about systemic racism in safety. For most, the truth of their Detroit experience is ignored. Yes, Detroit occasionally lightens, but it is always overwhelmed by its dark inertia.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Social engineering is indeed the definition of insanity.

  • Four years ago I wrote this parody news story. It reads a lot like this real world story today. Though I don’t pass myself off as some sort of clairvoyant.


    Sudden Peace Outbreak Afflicts City Neighborhood

    DETROIT, Mich. (FNN) — A metro area neighborhood is in shock this evening after peaceful serene tranquility has suddenly overtaken it.

    It started with a local couple, Mr. and Mrs. Blake and Cynthia Duggan, moving in to their house on which they closed two weeks ago. Immediately upon settling in, they planted an inviting garden, placed other accoutrements in the front and back yards, and grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.

    About an hour later, the Duggans, their two sons, 9 and 6, Mrs. Duggan’s lesbian sister from Austin, Texas, and officers of the Detroit Police Department were happily cavorting on and near the premises.

    This Detroit City neighborhood, about two miles due west of Downtown, is normally a loud, rude, inhospitable, violent place. Many residents are amateur pharmacologists, professional personal entertainers, clothing escape daredevils or urban contemporary music artists. Most of the households are non-traditional and broken, and most of the residential domiciles are dutifully ill-maintained. About 97% of the residents in three census tracts indicative of this neighborhood hold kindergarten degrees.

    “A day without a shooting, stabbing, murder, armed robbery or carjacking is unheard of around here,” said Marquese Smith, a neighborhood resident and four-time convicted felon whom the Michigan Department of Corrections describes as a man who is doing life on the installment plan.

    Other befuddled denizens of the neighborhood have, with the city councilman who represents the area, and Mayor Dave Bing, have organized an emergency meeting to discuss the sudden wave of nonviolence at City Hall on Monday. “This is just crazy,” said Yolonda Wilson, who lives across the street from the scene of the peace. “There goes the neighborhood. First one moves in, then it’ll be another, then another, then another. Pretty soon, you’re gonna have calm all over the place. I don’t know if I can stand it, or even if I’ll be able to sleep at night through all this silence.” A woman who chose not to be identified told Fake News Network that if the current trend continues, the neighorhood runs the risk of gaining a clean, full-service big box grocery store. “I mean, it’s gonna wreck the fabric of our community if all those Arab-owned corner snack shops and liquor stores all of a sudden got theyself some competition.” Sources tell FNN that legislation has already been drafted prohibiting “For Sale” signs to be placed on residential lawns in Detroit, to prevent city neighborhoods from gaining unseemingly positive reputations.

    Dr. Drake Audrain, the Lamar Lemons Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, says that the sudden proliferation of nationally known grocery and dry goods big box retailers isn’t the only long-term negative consequence of peace breaking out in an urban neighborhood. “You don’t see as much crime scene tape, the test scores of the schools tragically start going up, failing students and bad high school athletes become acutely vulnerable to falling in with the right crowd, and corruption has a hard time flourishing in the local political process.”

    Mr. Duggan disagrees that all the ramficiations will be negative. “We’ll be able to park our Prius on the street, and never have to worry about it getting ripped off. So it can’t be all bad, right?”

  • TruthBeTold

    If anyone is hopeful about this White urban pioneer movement succeeding, they better hope there’s no room for blacks.

  • B.A_2014

    A better place for all?

    If it’s a better place for the white man then that is fine with me!

    • LHathaway

      How can it be?

  • 1stworlder

    Got banned form politico in only 10 min.

    • Ike Eichenberg


  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    This author obviously does not understand that poverty is not cast upon these blacks, it is their lifestyle choice created by all the behaviors these people freely engage in. When you choose to have babies with no financial means of support, fail to take your schooling seriously, get involved in stealing, dope and street gangs, waste your money on booze, cigarettes and lottery and on and on, then you get to live in poverty. It’s all up to the individual. The choices you make determine the quality of your life. Poor people generally are the product of their own poor choices.

  • DaveMed

    “They could take this money and put it in [Detroit Public Schools],” he said. This development “is for the white folks and tourists. It ain’t for us.”


    To be sure, I’m not sure what the context is for the insertion of the bracketed words. But if that was the thrust of the remark…

    Pouring money into urban-American schools is approximately as useful and efficient as attempting to teach snakes to perform surgeries.

    • This is what “putting money in the Detroit Public Fools” gets you:

      • Glaring monkeyshines, loud-mouthed, hand-jive, finger-pointing, excuse-making, continually reaching out for gibs, . . TNB

      • propagandaoftruth

        See now. Look at that stark, dilapidated, Italian Fascist style building. How can we expect poor darkie angels to learn in such a run down, oppressive structure?

        You hate children, QD.

        • I have a book entitled To Serve Black Children.

          A cookbook.

          • I believe PropagandaOfTruth was being sarcastic.

          • ElComadreja

            It must have a good recipe for ghetto lobsta in there.

  • dd121

    No, and for the usual reasons: low IQs and low motivation.

    • proud white

      true. can you imagine, a kid is born with a birth defect. everyone tells him “son it is a tough life out there suck it up and get through. Another kid is born black “omg your ancestors endured slavery and jim crow you poor thing affirmative action for you now and forever. keep playing the video games and basketball all day, we will take care of you

      • dd121

        Just like Massa in slave days.

  • Ike Eichenberg

    “They could take this money and put it in [Detroit Public Schools],” he said. This development “is for the white folks and tourists. It ain’t for us.”

    Detroit public schools spent over $15,000 per student in 2010.

    The national average was $11,600 in 2013.

    I don’t think there is a lack of money causing Detroit’s education failures, it is an abundance of sub Saharan genetics that is the issue.

    • LHathaway

      “I don’t think there is a lack of money causing Detroit’s education failures, it is an abundance of sub Saharan genetics that is the issue”.

      That’s why the newspapers, and ironically, the schools themselves teach that inner city schools are underfunded compared to whiter suburban schools, when this is not true and in fact the opposite is true. It’s not because they enjoy lying to people, as part of a ‘good cause’, it’s because they don’t want people to, in the end, compare inner city schools to zoos. Who knew educators and news reporters read AmRen? Oh my.

      • bubo

        If the media repeats the lie, it becomes truth. The reason why black districts spend so much per student is the fact that it is a jobs program for black women. Even in small districts you will have hundreds of make work black administrators raking in 60-80k per year to do nothing.

        • LHathaway

          Lately on an occasion or two the media has become so brazen with their lie it’s as if the whole point of the supposition IS the lie. It’s as if the lie out front and center is a naked display of power. The fact that is is untrue only serves to pull in the reigns tighter.

        • benvad

          Thats why I heard them say on 20/20 that they lack money and more is always better. Just welfare for Maude’s maid just before she became JJ’s Mama.

    • bilderbuster

      That quote was from a man who works as a “manager for various musical acts from metro Detroit and elsewhere”.
      In other words his wife and 5 year old daughter live with him in a low income apartment and he books no talent aspiring rappers who most likely preform at “Stop the Violence” and other such “community” events.

  • Chris R

    The whole time I was reading I had one question: “why should it be someone’s job to uplift blacks?”

    • proud white

      It is lose/lose. you help them, they say they didn’t need it because they are just as good. If you don’t help then you are a racist white privileged monster who let them try to succeed on their own and let them fail

      • Chris R

        I really don’t care what they think.

      • Ron Cheaters

        They didn’t fail. Detroit is the Negro Shangri-la.

    • ElComadreja

      I’m damn sick of carrying the white man’s burden.

  • Ron8200

    I grew up in Detroit, bought my first home there. Coleman Young became mayor, services went down, taxes went up, my home was broken into took cops 3 hours to respond. . Later the gang on kids breaking into homes were not prosecuted. I moved my family out in 1981. Democrats have been in control for 50 plus years, Young, Archer, Kilpatrick failed the city and its people. Dave Bing did his best. Congressman John Conyers will be reelected again, his wife embezzled city funds. The people in his district have had the worse economic performance in the nation yet they reelect him. I am amazed people are willing to invest.

    • Alexandra1973

      When was Young elected, mid-70s? We got out of there in ’76.

      I remember when they put Young’s name on the Detroit Zoo water tower…which is in the suburbs, at 10 Mile/Woodward/I-696. There was quite the hoopla. Most people didn’t like it.

  • Tarczan

    This urban renewal will never happen. Once these people have children they will soon realize the truth of Nancy’s story.

  • libertarian1234

    “Is There Room for Black People in the New Detroit?”

    Not right now.

    They’re going to have to build several more jails and penitentiaries. The existing ones are filled to capacity.

    • Sloppo

      Perhaps President Ebola will chip in some federal money for that building program to ensure that Detroit always has a place for people who look like they could be his sons.

  • IstvanIN

    Gilbert has hired his own security force to ensure that his employees are shielded from violent crime and his properties protected from graffiti and vandalism.
    Did Henry Ford have to hire private security to protect his workers and factories when he was building the Model T?

  • Puggg

    There was plenty of room for black people in the old Detroit.

    Didn’t work out so well.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      I heard there are thousands of Iraqis colonizing one section of Detroit. They are likely scamming the Refugee Act of 1980, just as the Cambodians have done for decades when they colonized Lowell, Mass. with American tax dollars.

      If that’s the case, Detroit will be little Baghdad in no time. 30 years ago, Lowell, Massachusetts was predominantly Italian. Now there isn’t a goombah left.

      • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

        Not defending Iraqis, but they are better than Negroes. The Iraqi Catholics are actually decent people for the most part. If they have endured Islamist persecution in Iraq, they are locked and loaded, and not afraid to shoot Negroes in self defense. Kind of like Sicilian Americans until recent years. LaCosa Nostra was never afraid of the Negroes.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          I don’t know that the Iraqis invading Detroit are “refugees” necessarily because they are Catholic. It would be nice to know those full details. But, of course, Obama Bin Laden’s promise of a transparent administration was that fattest lie of them all.

        • “they are better than Negroes”

          That’s not hard to do.

  • Ed

    “They could take this money and put it in [Detroit Public Schools],” he said. This development “is for the white folks and tourists. It ain’t for us.”

    Black people really have no concept how finance works. They think someone just drops some money around and presto it works! No you have to work at it. Good schools have little to do with money but the community the kids are coming from. Are the kids being socialized well before entering school? Is their parental support? Will parents back teachers when an issue arises?

  • George Costanza

    I sincerely believe people who are born black are punished, because of some karmic debt that needs to be settled from a previous life…

  • baldowl

    When they finish New Detroit, let me know. I might want to move there, to get away from all the black people.

  • ViktorNN

    In a sane society, those who are educated, hardworking, creative, and productive would be supported, lauded, and thanked.

    Instead, articles like this suggest that the young whites who are literally risking their lives to revitalize Detroit are racists.

    This society is not sane, and it is anti-white.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Or maybe they aren’t “White” at all? Maybe they are Iraqis. The gummint still hides the European losses by mixing in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA). None of whom identify with “White”. Nor would you or I let them. <;-D

      If there are "refugee" populations, they are likely flush with cash from scamming the Refugee Act of 1980. That bill is full of loopholes that foreign scammers enjoy. They pay mother hundreds of dollars per child, per month–up to 3 children. It's an institutionalized "puppy mill" system. Probably designed to displace "Whites"–with White money.

      • ViktorNN

        Depressing info, but you’re probably right.

  • willbest

    Unless it literally is a new City with its own defined city limits, the flesh eating ants will be by soon enough to pick it clean.


    “Michael is 29, has a 5-year old daughter and works as a manager for various musical acts from metro Detroit” – Being the “manager” of various “musical acts” yet some how he still has to live in “the low-income MarketPlace Court apartments”? With such a sure thing like “managing” a couple gangster rappers < "musical acts", please. ) I can't for the life of me figure out why he's still living in low-income apartments. He should be raking in the dough, hand over fist, right? Especially since there's such a short supply of black "youths", just 8 out of 10. Who are planning on becoming rich and famous gangster rappers these days.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Those evil White people trying to resurrect western civilization again. They are tenacious buggers.

  • Robbie Cheney

    No point in throwing any more money at public education for negroes as its been shown over and over to be a complete waste of resources. Most, if not all racial ‘truths’ are coming to fruition in Detroit (and elsewhere). Recalling the tragedy of not long ago where the Australian property developer was murdered by the Postal Worker father of a female squatter at one of his properties.

  • Raydonn


  • KyraNelson

    More fatuous liberal reality-defying gibberish. Po’ folks in San Francisco were adamant about rejecting gentrification. Black school administrators deny the horrific and violent nature of their zoos-er-I mean schools and REFUSE to support any white teacher to keep order or even that radical notion, teaching. So stop whining. Stop throwing your own birthright in the trash. Stop calling each other n i * * a. Have a little self respect.

  • RacialRay

    Blacks move in, we all lament, ‘There goes the neighborhood.’ White hipsters move in, coffee shops follow, and we all rejoice, ‘Here comes the neighborhood’.

    So it goes.

  • ZB01

    Blacks in the “new Detroit”: Meet the New Detroit; same as the Old Detroit.

  • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

    Suzette Hackney’s Leftist rhetoric is “hackneyed”, to say the least (pun intended). Typical hypocritical Leftist rhetoric. If Ms. Hackney loves Negroes so much, why is She now living in Toledo?? We all know the reason. Toledo is predominantly White, and has the resulting lower crime rate. A few years back, the mayor in Toledo was an older White gentleman with a nice German name, Carty Finkbeiner. “Carty” was a beloved Toledo mayor, Toledo’s version of the Daleys in Chicago. Ms. Hackney obviously prefers life in mostly White Toledo to mostly Black Detroit. Typical hypocritical Leftist rhetoric. It is a wonder anyone gives a shred of credence to this “Hackneyed” rhetoric anymore.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Read ejXinMI’s comments to Dave4088.

  • stonepillow

    “the need for sustainable jobs and an affordable quality of life…” has no meaning. What beyond a government job is “sustainable” and if you can’t afford something and want it then go make enough money to afford it. If Detroit is going to boom then Black people should ride it to prosperity like other residents.

  • disqus_irCdmAu8It

    Sorry to say this, but, it is the truth – Blacks are to blame for Detorit’s situation. They commited the crimes, they elect corrupt officials and they hate whites.


      Why be sorry to say what any and everyone with an honest eye can see?

  • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

    Blacks as a people can only do well when they are directed, and limits set for them with consequences applied from without. They are far better off-as Africa was during the Colonial Period-when others are their masters.

    In the 1950s, the standard of morality was WASP, in everyday manner and behavior, and well into familial and business venues. It was the flower of European Judeo-Christian norms and customs. Blacks were expected to adhere and act in this concordance.

    Today, of course, the fiction is that Blacks can act according to their own internal mores and norms and manifested customs. Just as in post Colonial Africa, this presumption has proven stupendously wrong and preposterous. Todays Black behavior is the manifestation of the Cultural Marxist Jews dismantling and disassembling of White Euro-Christian morality, values, and historical legacy.

  • 4321realist

    “Other than that, what a delightful batch of citizens you have over there, Mr. Hilton. ”

    Yes, they make Forest Gump look smart.

    “They could take this money and put it in [Detroit Public Schools],” he said. This development “is for the white folks and tourists. It ain’t for us.”

    More money won’t solve the problem of being too dumb to learn at an acceptable level, Bro.

  • Whenever Detroit is in need of mass demolition, there will be room for Black people ..

  • thegodsofeden

    “The Black community used to do this in some places.” But these days in most Black areas, doing that means you’re acting “White” or being an “Uncle Tom”. Sad, but true.

  • nukethedems

    Ah, the myth of the “Noble Savage”. First exposed and lampooned by the great Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. “Mark Twain”. Only back then he was pointing out the absurdity of glorifying American Indian culture and Indians in general. “Dirt Worshippers”, as they were sarcastically referred to on the HBO series, “Deadwood”.
    Abortion, gang violence, illegitimacy, illiteracy, drugs, poverty-entitlement-welfare-food stamps-free I phones, prison, Islam conversion and homosexuality. i.e. The Chairman ObaMao administration and leftwing democRat version of black urban renewal.
    All of it imposed on us through a Gestapo IRS, unconstitutional civil rights legislation, the fascist left, the gutless republicans, hate crime laws, thought crime laws, speech crime laws and communist thug labor unions.
    Promoted under the guise of equality: Affirmative action, racial quotas, equal opportunity, multi-culturelism, tolerance, the great society, the war on poverty and political correctness.
    Shoved down our throats, day and night, by the subversive liberal media, television, music industry, increasingly left wing and feminized never ending sports programming and Hollywood. Given credence by the ungodly introduction of irrational male sensitivity and illogical effete emotionalism
    And, we paid for it! Noble savages indeed.
    Go Tigers.

  • MBlanc46

    The unstated assumption is that blacks cannot participate in economic development. From which she concludes that economic development is unfair. I suppose that she’s right in her assumption. I just wish she were honest enough to state it. It would be a beginning to the honest conversation about race.

  • MBlanc46

    We used to have plenty of jobs for the low-skilled and unskilled. Those jobs are mostly gone now, or done by Mexicans. If we’re ever going to get blacks back under control, we’ll have to create jobs that they can do (even if it’s only digging holes and filling them back in) and then see that they do them.

  • Paleoconn

    Gentrify. Restrictive covenants. Reclaim the Paris of the West, Whites. And keep the blacks out. There will be no more black riots. If it happens, the Whites will fight this time and it won’t be pretty for the blacks.

    • MBlanc46

      Whilst I have no principled objection to restrictive covenants, they would be a political liability. Just keep driving up property prices so that only gainfully employed people can afford to live there and the riff-raff will be kept out (provided we can keep the feds from mandating residential integration, in which case it would be time for rebellion, not gentrification).

  • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

    That is correct. I live in an area with few Hispanics, but a couple of really good Mexican restaurants. I’ve spoken to Whites from Chicagoland, though, and heard the horror stories about what happens when Bronze hordes move into an area en masse. Horrific gang problems. Drug gangs bribing Hispanic police so that there are gang wars that police ignore, as well as police ignoring sex trafficking. Absolute horror stories. A couple of mostly Caucasian descent Mestizos opening a good restaurant in a small town, with excellent food and fair prices, in no way foreshadows the misery that the Bronze hordes can bring to a formerly safe and clean community.

  • benvad


  • benvad

    Very true.

  • benvad

    Yes you’re right, I am a hypocrite but like I said before “What is right and good, is what I SAY is right and good”.

    I’m not a guilty white creature, I’ve immunized from that form of WHITE AIDS.

  • benvad

    They like the climate of the south west far too much to be convinced otherwise.

    They claim you invaded their land, so take it up with them anonymous tough guy.