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Gaedel Donating Member (802 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 06:29 PM
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102. Totally Wrong

"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?"

The people who moved out of Detroit and into the counties were by and large UAW workers. In the fifties, Oakland and Macomb counties were solidly GOP. In many races, the Democratic party didn't even put up a candidate. The movement of union workers from Detroit into the counties changed Macomb County to a Democratic stronghold and made races in Oakland County very competitive. I do not have a reference to back up the assertion, but I would think that prior to the automotive meltdown, the per capita distribution of unionized workers was greater in the suburbs of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb than within the city of Detroit. Not every suburbanite lives in a mansion in Grosse Point or Bloomfield Hills.
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