Sunday, December 13, 2009
Is Detroit finally headed in the "right" direction ?
Since the race riots of 1967 and the narrow election of Coleman Young as Mayor in 1973, Detroit has been on a steady downward spiral. The city has had few bright spots, losing most of it's white residents who fled the crime and declining schools, and being recognized as "the murder capitol of America" for much of the last 3 decades.
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick took the city to new lows in the six-plus years he was the city's self proclaimed "Hip-Hop Mayor". He used his 17 "personal security" detail members to shuttle him around to hip-hop clubs and his girlfriend's condos on the taxpayers dime, and then he fired Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown when Brown initiated an investigation of Kilpatrick's misuse of the police Dept. and taxpayers dollars.
But although Kilpatrick was able to fool the majority of the voters of Detroit and get re-elected to a second term, he wasn't able to fool tough as nails Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. Worthy brought Kilpatrick up on charges for some of the many felonies he had committed while in office, and after assaulting a police officer who was trying to serve a subpoena on his friend and partner in crime Bobby Ferguson, Kilpatrick's reign of criminal and immoral behaviour ended in disgrace as he resigned and served 120 days in jail.
There now seems to be some hope for the city of Detroit. Former City Council President Kenneth Cockrel Jr. served as "interim-mayor" until an election could be held, and then he returned to his position as City Council President after being defeated by Dave Bing, who served the remainder of Kilpatrick's second term. Bing was then elected to a full term in the regularly scheduled election. He, along with Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, who was appointed by Gov. Granholm, and new City Council members, including Gary Brown, finally have a real chance to institute some meaningful reforms in Detroit and begin to turn the city around after over 3 decades of racial division, corruption and decline.
Thanks to the fearless, hard work of Wayne County Prosecutor Worthy, D.P.S. Emergency Financial Manager Bobb, Detroit Police Internal Affairs Chief Brown, Mayor Bing and others, Detroit may at long last be poised to make a "comeback."