October 8, 2010, - 12:10 pm
If you live in the Detroit area, stories like this are a dime a dozen. But they illustrate exactly why Detroit will never recover from its desperate situation and why things will only become more desperate. The people of Detroit elect bigoted Afro-centric racists like JoAnn Watson over and over and over again. And even with a reasonable Mayor like Dave Bing–who is essentially a Republican in Democratic clothing–nothing good will ever happen because people like Watson run the show. In this case, even a Black man, Claude Strickland of Motown Boxing Club, can’t win because he doesn’t live in the right decrepit zip code for Ms. Watson.
Claude Strickland Not Black Enough for JoAnn Watson b/c He Doesn’t Live in Detroit
It was supposed to be a knockout deal for Detroit youths.
Veteran boxing instructor and former professional boxer Claude Strickland had applied to coach the sport for children ages 7 to 18 for Detroit’s Recreation Department.
But when the $10-an-hour contract reached a City Council committee Thursday, Councilwoman JoAnn Watson said she wouldn’t support spending Detroit tax dollars on someone who lives outside of the city. Strickland lives in Sterling Heights.
Watson said it wasn’t enough that Strickland, who coaches amateur boxers across the country, served 26 years as a Detroit police officer before retiring in 2004. He has also taught the sport to children on his own time.
“I’ll change my mind if he moves to the city,” Watson said. The committee tabled a decision until Thursday.
So, Strickland is supposed to buy a house in Detroit to make a measly $10 per hour (before taxes) for giving young boys in Detroit something positive to do? Absurd.
With more than 70% of Detroit boys born to single mothers, Strickland might have been a great father figure–the ONLY father figure–in these kids’ lives. But, hey, why give Black kids on the streets of Detroit something to do with their time and their lives that doesn’t involve crime, drugs, or having kids out of wedlock, when we can just keep things as they are and shun those who want to help because they don’t live in the People’s Republic of Detroitistan?
By the way, in the past, Ms. Watson, a former employee of Congressman John Conyers (D-Marxism), has supported Black-only contracts and empowerment zones in Detroit. The woman is not only a racist, but now even race is not enough and she’s stepped up to a more elite(ist) level: zip-codist.
And, actually, my headline is wrong because they don’t only go out of their way to screw themselves in Detroit . . . but also to screw us. When the Detroit “leaders” behave in this way, the crime and other social problems they help breed cross over the Detroit border. And the whole country pays in tax dollars thrown at the problems.
Yup, the people who run Detroit are of the same mindset as the government officials in “Brazil.” And there is no Robert De Niro around with a black market to fix your heating and air conditioning vents. D-Mecca . . . It’s Orwellian.
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