I have been receiving love/hate mail over the past few days about my recent blog on Detroit. Some felt that I have promoting self-hatred while other felt that I was way off base.
This is ridiculous.
I am teaching and practicing the truth. I have no reason to lie about the conditions in Detroit. I have said for the millionth time that Blacks, Whites, and other races of people SHOULD move out of Detroit.
I asked my son why would he move out of the city if he had a chance. His response? SAFETY.
I asked my one of my god-daughters why would she move out of the city? She said Detroit has fallen by the wayside.
I am not making this up. And what kills me is that Blacks call me up on my cell phone and say that I should not be saying this because this is exactly what White folks want me to do. White folks can drive down the damn street in Detroit and see for themselves what is going on.
So let me give you, for the millionth time, solutions to the social ills in Detroit. Since everyone is begging me to support Detroit, a city where I cannot find OR create a job because of the lack of support here are the solutions to a Next Detroit.
Real conservative principles.
1. Detroit is the most liberal city in America. Our mentality here is so liberal that we are killing each other. If I had to point fingers it would be largest corporations that have not been doing their job: the Black Church. When you have churches that form PACs within their structure that to me is a red flag. Why? Because Black Churches are easily bought off by union entities to support the Democratic Party. In return, we continue supporting high crime and failing schools.
We have to change the mentality of the way we think first before we do anything. I would not march down Woodward with a bunch of drunks, porn and drug addicts because they are marching for emotion not for change. They are caught up in the hype not the transformation.
I have said time again that the Black Church must retain traditional values and reinforce those values in the community. What do I mean by traditional values?
Right To Life not Right to Death: If Detroit wants to come back we must start striving for life from conception. We are raising our children to be hoodlums and enjoying death in our community. Detroiters must begin to believe that every human deserves the right to life and that we do not have the right to kill unborn children nor to murder the elderly through active euthanasia.
Fidelity In Marriage. This is very important because Detroit leads the nation in producing Baby Mamas. The Black Church in the community do not stress marriage like they did 40 years ago. Marriage is to be a lifelong commitment. I also feel that the key to rebuilding our families in the community is understanding that fidelity in marriage is essential. I am saying this because Black Nationalists/Socialists are running around here producing illegitimate children outside their marriages but claim that Black men cannot be in one relationship for long periods of time because it is not in our blood.
We should know, more than any other race of people, that the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases running rampant in this city alone is evidence of the failure of the sex education movement. We support the God-ordained institution of the family, which is a union of a man and woman, with or without children—and is based upon marriage, blood, or adoption.
Homosexuality, Bi-Sexuality, Transgenderism, And Other Deviant Sexual Behaviors. I have no clue why people even practice such a decadent lifestyle. In Ferndale, it is Gay heaven and this type of behavior is on the rise in Detroit Public Schools.
Pornography: The spread of pornography in our culture is a threat to the stability of families and frequently results in family break down, child molestations, and spousal abuse. Black political and social activists are extremely silent on this issue. Almost on every liquor store in the hood sell porn to underage children. yet, the Black Church are silent on this. Is it because the preacher is addicted to the same thing? What about the parishioners? Detroiters must oppose this threat because it destroys families and it destroys the person who has become addicted to it. Pornography is a progressive addiction that ruins the conscience of the person. Frequently, this person acts out his sexual fantasies by molesting children, raping girls, and committing other sexual crimes—including murder.
Patriotism, Loyalty To Country, And Political Involvement: How many Black Churches in the community are teaching their congregation to vote their values? Most of us are urban conservatives but vote differently. Why Because the church has (and will not) make the connection between our values and how it aligned with the Republican or Democratic Parties. In other words, they have failed to each their congregation to place the both Democratic and Republican platforms side by side and see which party is more aligned with their faith.
If we did this the Democratic Party would collapse overnight here in Detroit. Remember those young State Representatives and State Senators who were elected to office last year from Detroit? They would convert to be Republicans.
We believe that we are to be good citizens. This means we are loyal to our nation (not blind loyalty, however); we are to support our Armed Forces, law enforcement officials, and we should participate in the political process. We live in a free country but we will not remain free if we do not exercise our rights as citizens. Most Detroiters have this anti-American attitude because Blacks feel that they have been oppressed. I am so tired of hearing this racist junk coming out of the mouths of our people. Racism is alive because ignorant people keep it alive.
Detroiters should get in the habit of supporting free enterprise, limited government, low taxes, and personal responsibility. Blacks here should believe in self government, not self indulgence. I cannot understand why Blacks here in Detroit believe that the federal government should extend its power over every aspect of our lives. We should feel that the best government is the one that governs the least.
Religious Freedom: We are advocates of religious freedom. We believe the First Amendment to our Constitution gives all of us the right to freely exercise our religious faith and that religious faith is the cornerstone of freedom in this nation. Our Founding Fathers supported religion, purchased Bibles, established congressional chaplains, and sent missionaries to witness to the Indians. They enacted the First Amendment to protect religious freedom, not to stifle it. We are opposed to any movement in this country that will strip away our constitutional rights to freedom of religion, speech, and association.
Elimination of Addictive Behaviors: It was a mistake for Detroit lawmakers to open the doors of legalized gambling in our city because this behavior frequently leads to addictions, the destruction of families, and the abuse of children. This is one reason why teachers were striking last August. They wanted more money to support their gambling habit. Churches should oppose the legalization of addictive drugs and support strong law enforcement efforts against this societal scourge. We believe it is self-destructive and destructive of our culture, for individuals to become addicted to such behaviors as gambling, alcohol, smoking, pornography, or the use of drugs.
Discrimination And Tolerance: The Black Church should be teaching Blacks to be tolerant of behaviors that destroy individuals, families, and our culture. Individuals may be free to pursue such behaviors as sodomy, but we will not and cannot tolerate these behaviors. They frequently lead to death. We do not believe it is loving to permit someone to kill themselves by engaging in a self-destructive behavior.
We believe in “discrimination” in the good sense: choosing between good and evil, right and wrong, the better and the best. We believe in discrimination in the sense of being discerning between good and bad choices. Popular culture maintains that all forms of discrimination are wrong. This is incorrect. A person with “discriminating taste” is one who uses wisdom in making choices. In short, we believe in intolerance to those things that are evil; and we believe that we should discriminate against those behaviors which are dangerous to individuals and to society.
Love And Hate: The biggest thing living here in Detroit is how we love to hate other people. We hate Koreans, Chinese, Chaldeans, Arabs, Whites, Hispanics and successful Black people. Yes, we even hate each other. The solution? The Bible teaches us that we are to love our enemies and do good to those who persecute us. We believe it is a loving response to oppose behaviors that destroy individuals and families. It is not loving to allow someone to kill themselves or other individuals. It is not “hate” to fight against such cultural forces as pornography, drugs, abortion, and sodomy.
2. Regionalization. I have said this a billion times that Detroit must consolidate its resources with Wayne County. Those who opposes this will blow my phone up and tell me I'm wrong but will not give solutions. My solution? Support Sen. Buzz Thomas SB 17 to create a regional transportation authority. This includes light rail not some wasted proposal to have Amtrak deliver services from Ann Arbor to Detroit. Also consolidating Detroit Police with Wayne County Sheriff Department. We do not need two police agencies doing the same thing. I support Wayne County Sheriffs on city buses and not Detroit Police Officers. It makes fiscal and philosophical sense to have Wayne County Sheriffs on city buses since it would save the city dollars. Also I would like to see a more regional authority over water and schools than what we have been going through.
We should hire a city manager to handle the day to day affairs of the city and consolidate the city council with the county commissioners. Term limits should be enforced on a local level. If you do not like that idea then we need to reduce the number of council seats from 9 to 5 due to population loss with council by districts.
Merge Detroit Parks and Recreation with Wayne County Parks. Have you seen Hines Park lately?
Sell Belle Isle to Metroparks and charge a fee to get on the island. Maybe the park will look as clean as Lower Huron Metropark.
Sell Public Lighting to DTE Energy. The streetlights are not on anyway.
Create a Wayne County Fire Authority to consolidate fire services in Wayne County. This would save money.
Eliminate Detroit's income tax. This is illegal anyway since Detroit is under 1 million people now.
Selling Cobo Hall would be a good move for Detroit.
3. Privatize City Services: Trash pickup should be privatized. This would save the City of Detroit millions. I have no clue why the Detroit Fire Department is in the EMS business. We need to privatize EMS services here in Detroit.
4. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: It is ridiculous for the City of Detroit to fund the MAAH. Turn this over to private donors like the Detroit Institute of Arts.
5. Establishing Political Balance for Detroit. I have said this one billion times that it is hurting Detroit politically to overwhelmingly vote Democratic. Black people in this city do not understand how the political game operates. We need both Black Democrats and Black Republicans at the bargaining table. Other groups and races have done a stellar job in doing this. We cannot even elect a Black Republican to state office as a strategy.
6. Allowing Wayne County Community College to authorize charter schools. More than ever parents need choice. Wayne County Community College can help in that process. Also, we need vouchers as well as universal tax credits to help Detroit Public Schools become more competitive.
These are REAL solutions to help Detroit. Pass this on to your connections. Again, I have laid it out for Detroit and Wayne County It is very interesting that we say the same thing every election cycle when someone runs for State Representative (lowering insurance, predatory lending, fixing Detroit Public Schools, fixing neighborhoods, stopping crime and repopulating Detroit). I will say this right now. Not ONE person running for state representative or county commissioner will bring up these concrete solutions I have presented. They will stick to the same lame platform mentioned above because it is easier to follow the crowd then research the issues. If you want revolutionary changes then support BOTH BLACK DEMOCRATS AND BLACK REPUBLICANS FOR STATE OR COUNTY OFFICE. Again, we need to vote our values not vote on behalf of the unions, Council of Baptist Pastors or some interest group.
I know by the end of the day the haters will blow up my phone or e-mail and calling me all kinds of names but they cannot come up with anything better. I have answered your requests of giving solutions. No hate, no bashing, straight up solutions. Some will even say it is unrealistic. Hell, it was unrealistic to re-elect Granholm for office again as well as raising taxes. If you want to start a movement you have to be educated first. If you are stuck on Black vs White I wonder where your heart is because if you hate White folks then who else do you hate?
This is how we begin to establish a urban regional base from Detroit. When Detroiters understand how no one wins the race in racism then we will begin to move as one force. Until that time comes(and it probably will not until we can get the population under 500,000) Detroit will continue to be a laughing stock of the Midwest.