"Dying Detroit;" The Impact of Globalization, Social Decay and Destruction of an Entire Urban Area
By: Li Onesto
The above picture depicts where
countless numbers of Americans are heading - contrary to the
belief that many still hold with regard to the "Gospel
And in all of this, you are being
tested: How does a rich man ever know that he is truly loved?
The sad truth is, he doesn't so long as he retains his wealth.
But should he lose it, then he will find out. Great crowds
of people followed Jesus so long as he fed them and healed
them of their diseases. But when tribulation arose because
of the Word He spoke, the crowds disappeared. Oh, to be loved
because of whom you are, and not just because of the "things"
you have! This is the love that God desires from those who
follow Him. It is the love that Ruth gave to Naomi, and this
even after Naomi had asked Ruth to depart from her because
she [Naomi] had nothing further to give Ruth - she no longer
possessed any "things" with which to "purchase"
"But Ruth said, 'Do not urge
me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where
you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your
people shall be my people, and your God, my God. "'Where
you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may
the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts
you and me'." (Ruth 1:16-17)
The Lord is looking for such to
follow Him - those who will follow Him long after the "things"
are gone, the crowds have left, the popularity faded; when
the clothes are tattered and torn, there is no food on the
table, and persecution rages all around. These are the disciples
of Jesus - with such people one can repose trust and friendship,
true love is here to be found!
These are the disciples who can
say with the prophet Habakkuk:
"Though the fig tree may
not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor
of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though
the flock be cut off from the fold, And there be no heard
in the stalls - YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD, I WILL JOY
IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION." (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
A YouTube video titled "Dying Detroit" takes you
on a tour of "neighborhoods literally falling apart"—through
streets that look like "a hurricane has recently swept
through, destroying nearly everything on its path." Thousands
of houses have been abandoned—in many areas 50-60% of the houses
are in foreclosure. Some blocks have only a few homes left standing.
A thousand people a month are leaving what has been called "
America's fastest dying city."
NO! - THIS IS NOT A SLUM IN NIGERIA; IT'S DETROIT – 2010!
Please see the following video:
There used to be almost 2 million people in Detroit . Today
the city's population is just under a million and 85% Black.
Many thousands are living the city's slow death:
1 in every 3 people live below the federal poverty level.
Almost half of the children live in poverty. (2004 figures)
The unemployment rate among Black people, especially the
youth, is over 30%—city officials say it is actually closer
There is NO public hospital for the uninsured
and, due to budget cuts, public health departments have largely
eliminated programs providing direct health care services.
29 schools were closed the summer of 2009. An additional
32 schools—almost 20% of the city's schools—were closed the
summer of 2010. Detroit's dropout rate of 68% is the highest
in the country (along with Indianapolis and Cleveland ). The
illiteracy rate is close to 50%.
Michigan state spends more on prisons than it does on higher
education and has the second highest incarceration rate in the
AN OLD GM FACTORY IN DETROIT;
A NEW GM FACTORY IN MEXICO
Only in America would a corporation's executives have the nerve to close factories and relocate them to Mexico to exploit cheap labor and still crawl to the government weeping and crying when it needs money.
For many decades after World War 2, big auto plants and other
factories that once hired tens of thousands of workers moved
to the suburbs and overseas. And more recently, over the last
15 years, U.S. imperialism has forged a globally integrated
cheap-labor manufacturing economy, with huge labor reserves
from China, India, and other parts of the Third World.
These larger workings of global capitalism/imperialism have
deeply impacted Detroit, leading to further de-industrialization,
loss of jobs and many people moving out of the city. In 1992
the big Chrysler plant moved, and overnight 4,500 people were
left unemployed. More recently, when the sub-prime bubble burst,
a wave of foreclosures displaced an estimated 5,000 people.
Today, Detroit has at least 80,000 empty houses.
The federal and city government has responded to all this by
basically throwing the city and the people to the dogs. And
meanwhile all kinds of schemes are being proposed to find new
ways to exploit the people and "rebuild" the city
in a way that will be profitable insofar as the rich are concerned.
The twisted and cruel logic of current federal and city policy
in Detroit is that since fewer people now live in the city,
everything must be "downsized"—which means cutting
back on health care, education, city services, etc., and abandoning
whole neighborhoods where people still live. And in line with
this, DTE Electric has been heartlessly cutting off power for
non-payment to tens of thousands of people in poor neighborhoods
even in cold weather—making it even more difficult and dangerous
to remain in these areas.
Turning off power to the poor in Detroit
The government has an "urban policy" to deal with
"shrinking cities" which the Mayor of Detroit, David
Bing, is following. Bing is using a $40 million federal award
for "renewal work" to carry out a plan which amounts
to expelling poor people from "desolate" areas:
"There is a nothing-left-to-lose quality in Detroit
, much like there was in New Orleans after Katrina."
Mayor Bing has said he will use studies to determine who the
"winners and losers" will be and put it this way:
"If we can incentivize some of the folks that are in
those desolate areas, they can get a better situation. If
they stay where they are I absolutely cannot give them all
the services that they require."
The city is reportedly planning to use eminent domain laws
to physically remove people who resist and then seize their
homes and bulldoze them. The city's argument is that a single
house in an abandoned neighborhood is "blighting"
the city because it requires fire and other services to the
detriment of the larger community.
"Mayor Bing" A black "toady" to Detroit's rich.
"There is just too much land and too many expenses for
us to continue to manage the city as we have in the past...
You can't support every neighborhood. You can't support every
community across this city. Those communities that are stable,
we can't allow them to go down the tubes. That's not a good
business decision from my standpoint."
Think about it: The city and the people are dying an accelerating
death and the Mayor justifies massive cutbacks and the abandonment
of whole communities by saying these are "good business
Good business decisions is what has led to tens of thousands
of people in Detroit losing their jobs. Good business decisions
is what's behind the killing cutbacks in healthcare and education.Good
business decisions is what is killing the city and the people
This is a system that develops and brings together vast productive
forces, including masses of working people. It organizes and
utilizes great resources that have great potential to benefit
society and people. But when these things and people cannot
be profitably used by the capitalist system—factories are shuttered
and left to rot, people are tossed aside and left with no way
to feed their families. Cities are devastated and left to decay.
[Please see our articles, "Capitalism
and Christianity" and "The
Deceitfulness of Riches: The Marxist Paradigm."]
This doesn't necessarily mean a place like Detroit will be
left to completely die. But as long as capitalism is running
the show, any "re-invention" or "revival"
of the city will be because new ways have been found to extract
profit from the people and the city.
The productive forces in society—natural resources, technology,
the creativity and knowledge of the people—are all held back
and constrained, by the private and exploitative nature of capitalism.
They are fettered by the need of capital to constantly produce
for profit—not to meet the needs of the people.
This basic rule of capitalism—that the whole point of production
is to make profit—means that people are treated as things to
be used or tossed aside. It means the system considers thousands
of Black people, especially the youth, as just so much surplus
that can't be profitably employed. It means the system, through
its armed enforcers, must come down with even more repression
against this socially combustible and potentially rebellious
section of society. And it means poisonous ideological assaults
that justify such attacks and blame the people for the oppressive
situation the system has put them in.
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