Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle
By Sam Riddle
Special to the Michigan Citizen
No one should be surprised the federal judge ruled Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy. Hell, you’ve been eligible for full freedom, full citizenship and full democracy going on four centuries plus (that’s 400 plus years). Fulfilling eligibility is one hell of a process in America.
Several constitutional amendments, a Voting Rights Act, even a Black president, and things have not shaken out yet. I’m sure something will shake out in this bankruptcy and a few lights will come on, but for the majority of Detroit citizens it will be more of America being broken for Black Americans despite the window dressing.
The unions and those about to suffer because pensions are deemed contractual still have it within their power to rock the world of the bankers, Wall Street slicksters and the conflicted of interest Jones Day law firm of the Negro proxy EM of Governor Nerd that have benefited from Detroit’s misery.
Unions and their supporters need to rediscover their roots and shut Michigan down with a state boycotting general strike and civil disobedience not seen since Gandhi. Unrealistic? This shutdown of democracy with union-busting Right to Work, privatization and just the whole damn GOP Koch brothers-fed agenda is the most radical crap ever seen in this nation since Reconstruction as those seeking to install drone democracy the world over turn a blind eye to the disenfranchisement of Black Detroiters with snickers. KMA.
Playing by the rules of the oppressor only ensures more oppression. One problem: You don’t know you are in a state of oppression and won’t until the checks are really reduced, jobs are taken, schools still won’t work and the fat cats get fatter — then you might get it.
The holiday season is a time of great conflict for me. On the one hand I have a Grinch-like analysis that dogs out a white Santa, those damn reindeer and Santa’s little people helpers as perps in a racist plot to empty the pockets of those who spend what they don’t have. I mean everyone can’t be like big government. On the other hand those three wise men came bearing gifts for the poor little savior in a manger that some local preachers wouldn’t bless because the child’s mother wasn’t really married. This whole giving thing? It’s complicated.
Over 60 percent of Detroit’s children live in poverty. Those children will not be found in Midtown or downtown. Tis’ the season of giving and taking. Kids don’t care where Santa Claus gets the money from. And there is tremendous pressure on Santa to deliver. Problem is Santa has more kids in need of toys than Santa has toys. Poverty needs an emergency manager because Santa is bankrupt. Any takers?
We must never let haters cause us to lose hope or dislike ourselves and never let haters make you weak in your faith. Keep the faith. Stay on the battlefield.
Sam Riddle is political director for Michigan National Action Network. Follow him or Facebook at facebook.com/sam.riddle or Twitter at twitter.com/samriddle.