October 8, 2010, - 12:10 pm

Welcome to Detroit, Where They Go Out of Their Way to Screw Themselves

By Debbie Schlussel

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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16 Responses

Yup… let’s keep black people out of Detroit because they live in the suburbs!

In the old days, they’d call that redlining.

But when blacks do it to blacks its not news.

Bladerunner looks to be Detroit’s future: dark, scary and no hope of a renaissance in the making.

NormanF on October 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm


Conservatives are NOT your enemies…the jive-turkey, fool, racist JAW is. And she has her big, flapping, racist jaws on a positive step up because she is a selfish despot wanna-be who loves her power too much.

Skunky on October 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Seeing who they vote for it’s probably not a big stretch to guess that the “voters” in Detroit are “products” of the public schools.

People get the government they deserve. But even this one is stupid in capital letters. They get the opportunity of a prof. boxer, for $10/hour,

Wow! No wonder that Detroit as a city is living in a collective van down by the river.

Gayle on October 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I remember several years ago when some credit reporting agencies were threatening to lower the debt rating on the City of Detroit the Mayor at the time threatened to the credit reporting agencies for _race discrimination_. As if Black people should not be held to the same standards as everyone else.

I don’t remember if the credit reporting agencies capitulated or not.

I_AM_ME on October 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm

And unfortunately, hellholes like Detroit and California are setting the tone for the rest of the country, both socially and financially; the pathology in Detroit is most noticeable in the social area, and in California in the financial area, but both are present in both places, and the rest of the country is sliding down these two pits.

Thinking (sic) like that of Ms. Watson is sanctioned and promoted by the elite and is a manifestation of the decline of the US as a whole.

Little Al on October 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Detroit should adopt the slogan “Detroit-Where the inmates run the asylum”.

That would be far more accurate considering how far and fast Detroit has gone to seed and how messed up its city politics are…

UCSPanther on October 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm

G-d, I just wanna knock that fat ho’ out of her stupid kaftan & do-rag!

Graty Slapchop on October 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Keep the fools in Detroit! We have enough of them up here in Flint now!!

Yankee Will on October 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Can You imagine the outrage if this happened at a council meeting out in the suburbs? Sh*t, every satellite cable news truck would be in town! On the other hand, if Detroit does adopt this measure, maybe the suburbs should do it also.

Vote4Kwame on October 8, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Detroit tax dollars? Where do you think those tax dollars come from? From suburbanites who work and play in the city. Half the residents in Detroit don’t work, don’t pay taxes, and certainly don’t pay their utilities. Detroit neighborhoods will continue to crumble until there is no place left to live. Nice work Aunt Jemima. Stand proud.

Larry on October 8, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Hey! Why do you care?

    “I respect her feelings about it,” Strickland said after the meeting. “But I don’t fit the outside-of-the-city scenario. I’ve spent most of my life trying to make life better for people in the city.”

    Oh that’s right, because you need to find another reason to blame blacks for the social problems in this country.

    “Aunt Jemima”? Really?

    Heebster on October 9, 2010 at 1:20 am

It surprises me by how many black female dictators I’ve run across, especially lately, in all positions of “power” in banks, gov’t offices, utility companies, working for doctors, hospitals, old folks homes etc. Must be an ego trip or something. Just a bunch of Napoleons all empowered by hOprah I’m sure. The empowered woman crap is sooooo annoying.
Also surprising (or maybe not) is how many women HATE working for female bosses. Where I work the female staff is totally despised by the other women.

theShadow on October 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm

It is not only JoAnn Watson that is a problem. Apparently if you live in the 10th precient you are priviledged. Go to:
http://www.johnkbennett.blogspot.com/ and scroll down to read “A happy officer is a working officer”. For those of you who don’t know, Mr. Bennett is a police officer.

bgdh1 on October 10, 2010 at 9:31 am

It’s wrong but I know there are good coaches at Detroit’s Kronk Gym who can fill the bill without the city paying $10/hr.

There are good boxing coaches in Detroit. They do it as a hobby and maybe THEY are the ones you need to find because they are mentoring youngsters for free.

There is NO Santa Claus on October 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm

$10.00/hr is barely minimum wage. I think it was darn nice of him to offer. $1600/month is a hell of a lot cheaper than jail time for those kids.

Occam's Tool on February 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm

JoAnn Watson … What a piece of work she is.

William Cook on March 24, 2011 at 9:54 pm

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