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William Z. Foster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 04:56 PM
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I want to thank Hannah, madfloridian and starry messenger for their excellent work - as "out of towners" - on the assault on my hometown, the once great city of Detroit.

Thank you for caring, thank you for bringing this all to the attention of people.

And please, pay no attention to the people who are attacking you and claiming to be "from Detroit." Right. Like the British colonialists were "from India" and knew better about what the people of the Indian subcontinent faced than intelligent and compassionate people from elsewhere did who were in the same straits.

The story of Detroit is the story of the United States: organized Labor versus callous and arrogant management - and no one is more responsible for whatever sort of "middle class life Americans have enjoyed than the courageous and visionary Union leaders in Michigan - the haves versus the have-nots, racism - and not city is more racially polarized than Detroit, and racism permeates the thinking and attitudes of almost every Southeast Michigan suburbanite I have ever talked to over 50 years.

The Detroit suburbs are hotbeds of anti-Union sentiment, of racism, of "middle class" arrogance and callous and cruel attitudes. People should not brag about being from there, let alone claim some sort of special expertise as a result of that. Expertise at what? At white flight? At honing racist attitudes? At Union-busting? At privatization? At dismantling the public infrastructure? At justifying a polarized and fractured community? At creating wealth disparity?

As Detroit goes, so goes the nation. People had better pay attention.

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