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Response to TeeYiYi (Reply #121)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 06:00 PM

124. I was wondering how long it would take reverse-racism to show up.

Anyway, it's clear to me that you're not apprised of the racial and geographic politics of the Metro Area of the time.

Just after the riots, Detroit experienced an accelerated period of White Flight to the surrounding suburbs. The northern border of Detroit, known as Eight Mile, represented a start dividing line of segregation between the most Black residents of the city versus their mostly White counterparts of suburbia.

For much of time, the suburbs represented an exclusion zone against Black residency. Redlining, police oppression, even White vigilanteism occurred against Blacks who were caught in certain suburban neighborhoods by their fearful residents.

On the other hand, Whites could come into town for work and play at anytime without any fear of exclusionary reprisals. Instead, their concerns were mostly fear based as potential victims of crime.

Now, if you'd ever take the review the layout of the city, you'll note that Metro Detroit resembles a kind of funnel, in which surface avenues and major highways facilitate transit between the city center and the adjacent suburbs.

I make it clear in noting that the incident happened on one of those particular transit corridors, which direction that they were traveling in and the implications of what kind of people who would live in those particular suburban areas.

Now, by changing my narrative where Black is White and Up is Down, it completely misrepresents the meaning behind what I wrote.

White people have ALWAYS had freedom to roam Detroit at will. You'd NEVER see Detroit Cops pulling over White drivers IN the City for ostensibly driving around the wrong neighborhoods, as you would have seen suburban cops pulling over Black drivers in THEIR neighborhoods during this period.

You'd NEVER see Black city residents excluding Whites from Detroit, as many Whites took it upon themselves to move out into the 'burbs in droves.

In the City, Blacks had absolutely no reason to regard Whites as objects of fear and suspicion, whether they come from the 'burbs or from the City itself. Across Eight Mile, if you were Black at that time, then you were closely watched by Whites and some would even scream epithets at us out of their car windows, which actually happened to me out there on more than one occasion.

Simply by switching things around, as you did, it doesn't resemble anything approaching what those conditions were. This role reversal is just a fantasy contrived by you.

IF this so-called Black racism that you're talking about actually existed here, it would be reflected in the interaction between Black and White City dwellers and the mostly White residents of the suburbs. But it didn't.

Which only says to me that only thing that you're doing here, by engaging in this rhetorical exercise, is simply doing the same things that others would do when they're seeking to diminish the sordid history of racial politics in this country through a tactic of accusing a Black person of engaging in so-called "reverse-racism".

It doesn't work that way.



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