Recently a conservative Detroit News columnist wrote a piece titled “Is Detroit ready for white mayor?”
He wrote the article because Mike Duggan, a white, political machine politician that has been around Detroit politics forever, just moved into Detroit from the suburbs and started talking about running for mayor of Detroit.
I will mention at the outset that Raymond Wojtowicz, a white, Polish guy that is a millions years old, has been the Wayne County Treasurer forever…why...I don’t even vote for him.
Duggan has been around
politics as County Executive, County
Prosecutor and recently he ran the
which was going bankrupt until he arrived and resuscitated it, sold it and made
it into a going concern. Detroit Medical Center
Yes he is a politician but he is definitely very competent and as far as I know, clean of any corruption; in other words someone
Detroit government has
not seen in years.
Dave Bing, the current mayor whom I have supported at the outset with genuine gusto, has been disappointing in that he was clean but his competency became a question. He had and has the heart and the determination to do what is right for the city but he was not a real executive and failed to surround himself with competent people and when things started unraveling and bankruptcy was inevitable; he started playing the race card as a means of defending himself.
Bing will run again because he likes being in the spotlight and likes the trappings of office and people in
Detroit that still insist on a black mayor
will elect him.
The Rev. Charles Williams, a Detroit pastor, on a local talk show talking about the Finley article did not think Detroit would vote for a white mayor because the city is 90% black and they want a black mayor who is culturally and racially connected to them which is, according to him, absolutely OK.
He added that this is not a racist position or a separatist position, it is just voting for someone you feel will represent you the best.
The moderator of the show asked about a black man as the president of a white majority country but Williams said that Obama could be considered white also…and he has a point there, although Americans believe your skin color determines what race you are and not the race of your parents as in Tiger Woods case who had an Asian mother and a father that was part African-American and part American Indian; Tiger is considered black…period.
The Rev. Williams then changed from the race issue and said that Duggan could not get elected because he is a part of the one (1%) and is not really from the community and does not understand the community. The current mayor of
Detroit was also not part of
the community, was a basketball player for the Pistons and then became a
businessman, a career few in Detroit
could relate to.
There is no question that race and power are key in
Detroit but are they key
to everyone or are they key just to the people that speak the loudest because
their welfare depends on the continuation of the dysfunctional but beneficial
to some, status quo.
It would seem logical that Detroiters are so fed up with the lack of service, the corruption, the rising lawlessness of the streets and the utter incompetency of their leaders to do anything about those problems that they would take a chance on a white guy with a proven record of getting things done?
Maybe Mike Duggan can sense that and maybe he can get black leaders that care about
residents and not their own welfare, to back him?
We may be in for a very interesting season…