Or else the inner cities would really be screwed.
Michigan made it official this week: Detroit can no longer survive without adult supervision. Michigan’s governor named Kevyn Orr, a DC bankruptcy lawyer, to handle the city’s affairs on an emergency basis as the deep blue city makes a last ditch effort to avoid the biggest municipal bankruptcy in American history.
During the long grim slide, much of Detroit’s population fled the implosion; those who remained suffered through declining city services. Schools, police, fire, infrastructure: all the vital services cities are supposed to provide have gone into steep decline.
But while the city’s mostly low-income and mostly African-American residents struggled to survive civic decline, the ill wind from Detroit blew somebody good: well connected Wall Street firms have feasted on the Motor City’s carcass.
Democrats are shocked, shocked by the news that there is gambling going on in America’s blue cities. They do their best to avert their eyes from the close political ties between corrupt urban political machines and exploitative Wall Street banks. In the lame progressive mindset that characterizes these decadent times, Wall Street is bad, and urban politicians are good. There can’t possibly be some sort of symbiotic relationship between them. How could something so good, so honest, so dedicated to serving the poor as the Detroit Democratic machine be engaged in a vicious conspiracy with Wall Street to bleed the poor and suck the city dry?
I used to marvel at the wonderful investment that were tax-free municipal bonds. Everybody benefited—the investor, the bond issuer, investment firms. But then, as happens with most liberal pipe dreams, reality intervened. The bonds are too easy a source of money, and cities way over-borrowed; investors got jobbed out of their promised returns, having to take cents on the dollar; and Wall Street still gets paid.
Good for Wall Street: a fool and his money are soon parted.
When will black people get as outraged over a gang-banger killing innocent people as they do when a police officer kills an unarmed black man?
After police in Brooklyn’s East Flatbush neighborhood fatally shot 16-year-old Kimani Gray last week, mobs of teenage protesters went on a rampage, smashing windows and throwing rocks.
At issue are eyewitness reports that claim Kimani did not have a gun, although a gun was found at the scene where two plainclothes police officers shot him seven times.
This is not a Rodney King incident.
One of the officers involved in the shooting is black and the other is Hispanic.
Additionally, according to police, Kimani was a gang member with a criminal background. The dead boy’s mother denied her son had gang ties but admitted her son is “not the public’s angel.”
“[H]e’s my angel,” she said.
Now compare the upheaval over Kimani’s shooting death in New York to the fallout behind the brutal murder of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins in Chicago.
As expected, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy publicly condemned the appalling act. Also, a couple of African-American aldermen joined Ald. Willie Cochran’s (20th) call for gangs to stop harboring people who shoot innocent bystanders.
“Innocent victims are unacceptable. They are out-of-bounds. They’re off limits,” Cochran said.
But where were the other 47 aldermen?
An undisputable innocent was killed on the streets of Chicago, and our City Council treated the heinous act as if it were just another bad day in the ghetto.
[W]here are the clergy, activists and agitators who usually show up en masse when police are accused of shooting an unarmed person?
Police believe this unidentified shooter was targeting the baby’s father, Jonathan Watkins. Watkins is a reputed gang member with a hefty arrest record, according to police.
Most would agree that when a 6-month-old baby is shot and killed on the street, that’s as bad as it gets.
The person who shot Jonylah should have been turned over by now.
But so far, no one in the community has given police enough information to make an arrest.
The writer is outraged at the community, as well she should be. But if the community has different mores by which it operates, the community will mete out its own justice. Hence, rioting when a gang-banger is shot by a black and Latino police officers in Brooklyn, and silence when a six-month baby is shot by gang-bangers in Chicago.
Hey, I don’t get it, but as long as they’re… happy?