We all know what would happen if a black union representative went before a white city council and got this kind of treatment. But, in Detroit, it is the other way around. Whites were told to "Go home" because they did "look like" everyone else.
This isn't a joke. It really happened. From Nolan Finley at the Detroit News:
|It was a tragic circus, a festival of ignorance that confirmed the No. 1 obstacle to Detroit's progress is the bargain basement leaders that city voters elect. The black nationalism that is now the dominant ideology of the council was on proud display, both at the table and in the audience. |
Speakers advocating for the deal were taunted by the crowd and cut short by Council President Monica Conyers, who presided over the hearing like an angry bulldog; whites were advised by the citizens to, "Go home."
Opponents were allowed to rant and ramble on uninterrupted about "those people" who want to steal Detroit's assets and profit from the city's labors.
A pitiful Teamster official who practically crawled to the table on his knees expressing profuse respect for this disrespectful body was battered by both the crowd and the council.
When he dared suggest that an improved Cobo Center would create more good-paying jobs for union workers, Conyers reminded him, "Those workers look like you; they don't look like me."
Desperate, he invoked President Barack Obama's message of unity and was angrily warned, "Don't you say his name here."
So much for the unifying character of Barack Obama. The racist Detroit City Council just swept that away with one sentence.
BTW, Monica Conyers is the wife of Congressional Representative John Conyers.
Racism and race-baiting are alive and well in Detroit, Michigan. Don't that make Motown proud?
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Elect A Crazy Council, Get Crazy Results
March 1, 2009