It didn’t take long: On Thursday, Michigan governor Rick Snyder and Detroit emergency-city manager Kevyn Orr said the city would file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, and by Sunday, an MSNBC commentator blamed it on racial issues.
“Of course, it’s an 85 percent black city,” said Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson when host Ed Schultz asked him if race has been relevant to the city’s bankruptcy process. “We have to acknowledge that part of this has to be the racial animus that has characterized that city for the last 50-some-odd years.”
“It’s been perceived as a colony of black people who are ringed by suburban white areas that are now going into the city to plunder it,” Dyson explained, referring to the bankruptcy process, apparently, as “a massive takeover of resources and materials and properties, basically being occupied.”
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