Detroit is paying the price for its factories all closing down. Detroit led the nation in hiring black people in her factories during those supposed racist years of 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. You have a bunch of statistics, but no real knowledge of Detroit. Coleman Young was, in fact, put in power by the black panther movement in Detroit. He was their clean as a whistle politician, but he put forth policies that were everything the black panthers were fighting for. Coleman Young rinsed the police force of all whites, completely changed the force to all black in less than a decade. Trust me, those new black officers were not even close to capable police, and the city paid the price, 1976 was a frickin' jungle. My clear instructions, at the tender age of 17, was to get off the John C Lodge at all costs, if I got a flat tire, my dad said to just run of the rim, he didn't care if I destroyed the car, but get off the Lodge. The state police would not even pull you over for speeding right next to them, because if they did, they knew someone would be killed while they wrote the ticket... I drove 20 mph over the limit in front of a state police cruiser, he pulled up next t me and gave me a look that said, "don't press me, kid" and I slowed down, and he took off, no speeding ticket. I'm not sure what you are talking about with that statement about a far greater amount of blacks were killed in white suburbs than whites were killed in Detroit; there was no mix in the all white suburbs, to speak of, and we didn't kill niggers for sport if that's the picture you are trying to paint; for that you have to go to Pittsburgh. The black/white conflict was happening in the city, and the black panthers armed the gangs and they drove the white people out to the suburbs; white flight happened at gun point. And Coleman Young was all for it, baby. When Detroit was rioting in 1967, Coleman Young was on the "burn, baby, burn" side. Check out how many houses were torched under Young's administrations, there is no comparison in the history of the world, he out torched Nero, he was a radical black clergy that seized control of the city, had the full blacking of the black churches (the vote) and he reigned as king of that city, the only mayor to hold the same kind of power would be Daly here in chicago; but Daly was never the kind of racist that Coleman Young was. Coleman Young waged his own personal war with the white suburbs and fanned the flames of racism, eventually, the business community just ignored him and abandoned Detroit... I lived in detroit when Coleman Young was mayor, I cast my very first vote in America to vote against the idiot; so I voted for the Republican clergyman running against him that had no chance; but that younger black man had the right vision for Detroit; get rid of Coleman Young at all costs. We hired black and white people and here's the reason blacks were under employed; they grew up on ADC with no fathers, no education, no work ethic, and couldn't perform a single hour of work, let alone a full day's work. They knew how to get drunk and run drugs and steal from stores, but turn a wrench, or type on a typewriter? That has changed, the city has changed, I truly believe it will make a slow come back, but back in the 1970's and 1980's, a lot of factories went under simply because of incompetent work forces. Incompetence on a level you couldn't fathom, they moved into beautiful houses but had no clue how to keep them up and turned neighborhoods like Highland Park, the city of trees, voted the most beautiful city in america in 1960, into a hell hole. I lived and worked in Detroit, we were not racist people, it was the politics of racism that destroyed Detroit, before the black panthers seized that city, it was the most multi-cultural city on earth. Detroit embraced cultural diversity more than any city in America. Dearborn and Dearborn Heights was a reaction to the black panthers, the panthers instilled the fear, and they reacted in fear to them. That's how it went down. I used to visit camp Dearborn as a kid, Miss Furnier would take my oldest brother and I with her two boys of our same ages, the families were very close; and very liberal minded, Alice Cooper was first cousin to the Furniers, in my mid 20's I did land surveying for a Dearborn Heights company. In my late 20's I drove a moving van in the city. I saw both sides, the people didn't hate each other, it was all politics. You need to travel over the city border between the Gross Pointe "suburbs" and east Detroit. The streets all run together, there is no natural border, but never was a border more clear. On the Detroit side, every house was a crack house, stolen cars piled up in all the back yards,, every window broken, not all of them boarded, people hanging out in the street all day, every day, drunk as hell, attacking anything that moves to steal a dollar, killing for any amount of small change, hell on earth. The next street was completely clean, plate glass windows, the height of fashion, furs, gold, all on display... and not one resident from a detroit street would dare travel dare, because the police would pick them up immediately and beat them senseless if they did. Any other strategy would have resulted in the exact same hell hole in any place that didn't practice that. the black wave came west, and as it came, it cleaned up its act, but the shit that remained behind, in the streets where Eminem (M&M) grew up, try listening to some of his songs and you'll get the picture. There's no way to pretty up Detroit. Anyone who grew up there when I did, and saw the 67 riots, saw all those buildings on fire, lived in fear because the riot could move and would've moved if it weren't for the state militia; our homes all had rifles with ammo loaded in the chamber at the ready. When you take a city by force, it doesn't do wonders for the economy. When the mayor screams racist slurs at the white suburbs for 20 years and alienates the entire business community, it really doesn't help the economy. Detroit is paying dearly for that, the riots tore up some ground, but the wrecked economy destroyed the entire municipal INFRASTRUCTURE. That's why Michigan went from the richest per capita state to the poorest per capita state. I grew up in Oakland County when it was the richest county on earth; the US Open was held every other year at our golf clubs, the largest and best architectural firms in the world hailed from Detroit, same for engineering, they were still pouring over at the River Rouge plant, the business sector was capable of almost anything. Detroit colleges and museums are gorgeous, it was a beautiful city and the homes were beautiful. My parents would take us for rides just to enjoy looking at the houses. The politics of force changed everything. There were inequities, to be sure, but instead of making things better for Detroit's black population, the politics made things far worse. Those people pine for the good old days when they were supposedly being cheated. And the huge black flight took place in the past two decades, especially in the last decade. The city emptied out when all the factories closed down; I remember something like 35 auto factories operating 30 years ago; people moved when they lost their jobs. Same thing happened in Pittsburgh when steel failed. When i moved to pittsburgh in 1992, I tried to look up "steel" in the Yellow pages, it wasn't in there, not even as a reference.