Detroit, MLK and today’s African-American slave masters

Sunday, I drove back to Central Ohio from an area just outside of Detroit, Michigan. It is only a four-hour drive, if that, yet I have never been to Detroit before this last weekend. I was interested to go and see what the city was like given all of the depressing news we hear coming out of the city.

The first sign of a decaying society was that the city had obviously reduced or laid off the street cleaning crews. I probably could have put together an entire car from the parts I saw on the shoulders of the freeway, including bumpers, car doors, windshields, hoods and other parts. There was a head-board of a bed that was half-way in the left lane. Trash littered the sides of the roads, and the roads themselves were not well-kept. The overpasses and bridges were getting rusty, and some looked like they had not been repaired in a while. The only saving grace was the 70 mile per hour speed limit, and the complete lack of police patrolling the Michiganders flying down the freeway.

Deconstruction - The tearing down of the Lafayette Building. PHOTO CREDIT: John Cruz,

Deconstruction – The tearing down of the Lafayette Building. PHOTO CREDIT: John Cruz,

In the late 19th century and 20th century, Detroit was referred to as the “Paris of the West.” Its architecture was admired world-wide, and many areas of the city are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and include National Historic Landmarks.

Since 1962, Detroit has had all Democrat mayors. Of course, the mayors in Detroit seem to be prone to getting in to trouble, but they also seem to make decisions that continue to run the city in to the ground. As I was in Detroit, I noticed the high population of African-Americans and foreigners — minorities who undoubtedly would like a chance to achieve the American dream. But, is it possible under the governance that the leaders of Detroit have provided? With the last few mayors being minorities themselves, wouldn’t they want to do more to help the downtrodden in their city?

An abandoned school on Detroit's west side. PHOTO CREDIT: John Cruz,

An abandoned school on Detroit’s west side. PHOTO CREDIT: John Cruz,

The ten poorest cities in America have all been run predominantly by Democrats over the years. In Detroit, the 2009 statistics show that 44 percent of the population earned an income below the poverty level. In fact, 18.5 percent had incomes that were below just 50 percent of the poverty level. The despair is fairly equal across racial lines, with African-Americans having only a slightly higher percentage of those in poverty versus whites. Bad economics are color-blind.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for civil rights for the African-American community. He fought so that they could be treated equally and have the opportunity to be recognized at the same level as white Americans. In fact, MLK, who was a Republican, was fighting the Democrats for equal rights for education, jobs, housing, pay, voting, and more. A 2006 article from Human Events explains:

During the civil rights era of the 1960s, Dr. King was fighting the Democrats who stood in the school house doors, turned skin-burning fire hoses on blacks and let loose vicious dogs. It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools. President Eisenhower also appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court, which resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending school segregation. Much is made of Democrat President Harry Truman’s issuing an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the military. Not mentioned is the fact that it was Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end segregation in the military.

When MLK was fighting for black people, slavery was only a few generations — 100 years or so — away from his current struggle. Today, as we grow closer to the 200 year divide, African-Americans are still enslaved. What did MLK fight for if not to break all of the chains of slavery in the African-American community? Unfortunately, today, the same people for whom he fought in the 50s and 60s are again enslaved — but now, it’s by the Democrat government that keeps black people under their thumb and prevents them from achieving all they can.

Regardless of whether the Democrats are doing it on purpose — and let’s assume for a moment that Democrats are well-intentioned and are not purposefully hurting black people — the policies of Democrat mayors, governors and even this president only keep the people for whom MLK fought down-trodden without upward mobility. When you look at Detroit, where many minorities live, the Democrat leadership in that city has turned some areas in to war zones, other areas in to the wild West, and some parts of the city are ghost towns.

Back in December, Detroit Councilwoman Joann Watson said that President Obama should bail out the city.

Why? What behavior is going to change to make sure that Detroit improves and doesn’t have to ask for money again in another year or two? Why isn’t the predominantly African-American City Council in Detroit attempting to change its policies to provide more opportunities for the minorities in the city? Remember the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. It appears that the city council members in Detroit may qualify as being certifiably insane.

I support giving equal opportunity to all, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or any other differential. Unfortunately, because the African-American community has been voting for Democrats for the past few decades, they are stuck in a time warp without any upward mobility or the opportunity to access equal education, high-paying jobs, stable family environments or thriving cities. In fact, it seems that all of the problems begin with education, which is another reason that school choice should be an option for all communities, especially cities like Detroit that are not attracting excellent teachers or producing educated students.

A project where artists covered a house in ice to raise awareness about vacant homes. PHOTO CREDIT: John Cruz,

A project where artists covered a house in ice to raise awareness about vacant homes. PHOTO CREDIT: John Cruz,

The civil rights movement of today is the same as it was in the 50s and 60s, except the slave-master has changed. Today, the masters are the Democrat elected officials, promising hope and a brighter future, and then squandering it all, all the while keeping the African-Americans and other minorities in the community under their certifiably insane policies.

Detroit, and similar cities, prove the point. Until we begin instituting policies that will provide for education equality, job opportunities, and individual responsibility, the Democrats will be able to keep these descendants of former slaves in servitude to the government.

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  1. Now that is what you call “the inconvenient truth” and it is a shame that more African – Americans are not aware of the realities. One of the first actions President Obama took in office was to dismantle the Republican led reforms in the D.C. public school system. With a wave of the pen he protected D.C. union bosses and teachers at the expense of the African – American and other minority populations. Disgusting! Shameful! And certainly does not move the issues of race, education, or the nation as a whole – FORWARD.

    • I am of the opinion that President Obama would like to dismantle the entire Republican party (Just like Democrat Andrew Johnson wanted to do right after the Civil War) and he has made sure that he has caused his “fair share” of civil unrest and has played his race card to the best of his ability. The history of the Democrats and civil rights is just fascinating. They did not vote for any civil rights act until 1964 (not because there were not any opportunities) and now Democrats are experts in detecting racism all over America. Slavery, secession, segregation, and socialism pretty much sums up the Democratic platform for the last 150 yrs.

  2. abaworlock says:

    I’m 54 I live just outside of Detroit, I have lived and worked there and as long as I can remember Detroit has always been a dump. Abandoned cars left in the middle of side streets for months, garbage, burned out houses everywhere. The population has dropped dramatically over the last decade. But they are enticing casinos and such to open to take their money with nothing to show for it. Their revitalization program is nothing more than slapping a cote of paint on the problum and calling it a job well done.
    The poor people are usually poorly educated so they don’t get the Jobs from the corporation that move in, they go to people from the suburbs. The backed up traffic leading into the city every morning will attest to that.
    Sorry, I just kind of babbled on.

  3. What people need to understand is Democrats want two classes of people those working and getting paid by the government and those who are dependent on the Government. Our founding fathers believed we are all born free, equal and independent. We need a strong, limited government to secure our rights through the consent of the governed. This means that We The People get to play(or not) a critical role in securing our rights. The Democrats do not believe we are all born equal and that to achieve equality the government needs to redistribute wealth to provide equal access to resources. I have been researching the evolution of both political parties from the Reconstruction era going forward. It is really fascinating history and I am learning so much. The Civil War is a critical part in American History, America could have been lost. I think the same could be said about America right now.

  4. Very good article Sara Marie. Should be wad by Blacks and Whites alike. Sadly that won’t happen Im afraid.

  5. Thank you for recommending my article “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s Dream” to your readers. I find it so difficult to wrap my mind around the progressive divide, economic destruction of our nation, and the intent of globalization.

    • abaworlock says:

      Globalization now that a really scary topic. Research “State Department Publication No.7277” signed by Kennedy in 1961 and “Agenda 21” signed by bush in 1992 and then by Clinton and by Obama. You can fined traces of it working its way down to your local governments.

  6. We must also acknowledge that the Republican Party (of which I am a member and Committeeperson) also has played a large role in the decay of places like Detroit and other urban areas. Why? Because our/my Party abandoned the voters of those cities decades ago and today, these cities’ citizens/voters have had no experience in meeting Republicans nor hearing their ideas outside of what the Media tells them. The Republican Party cannot reverse the ill fortunes of Detroit, etc., but it can start turning the tide back against the Democratic Party who owns such cities and their voters’ futures. It wouldn’t be hard to get started. Yes, it won’t happen as quickly as we would like but it will happen. Best, Kevin J. Williams, Director/Co-Producer of FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN


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