Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:17 PM
Purveyor (20,508 posts)
Michigan Gov. Snyder’s Expected Move To Name ‘Emergency Manager’ Of Detroit Draws Charges Of Racism
By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 4:41 EST
Residents of Detroit, a US city which has long been a poster child for urban decay, may lose the ability to govern themselves if their city council is replaced by a state-appointed technocrat.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is expected to name an emergency manager in the coming days in an effort to stave off the bankruptcy of the Motor City.
The move by a white, Republican governor to take control of a predominantly black and Democratic city has drawn intense criticism and charges of racism.
“Has Michigan become the new Mississippi of our day?” said Reverend Wendell Anthony, invoking the history of attacks on black voting rights in the South.
Detroit needs a partner, not an “overseer,” Anthony, head the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told a press conference Tuesday.
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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:26 PM
KamaAina (53,872 posts)
1. Duer amandabeech had a nice suggestion
appoint Mayor Bing as the emergency manager. Basically, he'd be getting the power to do what he was elected to do.
Of course, if you believe Snyder would ever do something as sensible as that, I've got a bridge I'd like to show you, and it ain't the Ambassador.
edit: On the other hand, it's a bit premature to play the race card. If Snyder is bright enough to pound sand -- admittedly a pretty big "if" -- he'll pick an African American who he trusts to do his bidding. One name that has been floated is Robert Bobb, who ran a similar number on the Detroit Public Schools a few years ago.
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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:56 PM
amandabeech (9,210 posts)
3. Thanks KamaAina!
You are right, Snyder won't pick anyone remotely acceptable to the people of Detroit.
That lame duck legislative session was just disastrous in every way.