Tuesday, February 21

Mental midgets with issues deciding the fate of our Detroit Zoo?

Can someone please explain this to me:
"The symbolism is that Detroit is a black city and that we’re unable to govern ourselves. So we need an overseer, the state legislature, or what have you, to step in and tell us what we must do and how to do it."
The common perception of Detroit is that it's a black city and we're unable to govern ourselves. (a well-earned perception, thank you, Kwame) So we need someone to step in and tell us what to do? That line of reasoning makes my head hurt.

She said she will not sign off on an operating agreement until it protects Detroit’s interests and the state should not try to force them with a funding deadline.

Protecting Detroit's interests would be keeping the goshdarn zoo OPEN. If the Zoological society is stepping in to help and is asking for a certain amount per year to keep it running - the appropriate answer is "okay, let's negotiate" not "no way we're giving you money unless we get some of the revenue". You don't make revenue if the zoo is closed. Am I right? Yes, I am.

"That ["forcing" the city to essentially turn over control to the zoological society or close] is a racist attitude. I resent it very much. I’m trying not to let it color my judgments, but we’re not a plantation, blacks aren’t owned by white folks anymore," said Collins.

Um...WHAT? This is a race issue...how?
If anyone wonders why a great city like Detroit is so ramshackle and hopeless...look to our fearless leaders who are stuck on stupid.

After browsing around Technorati, it appears that the Zoological society's offer to take over operations (not ownership) prompted the "race" comment. The perception by this particularly moronic individual (Colllins) is that the "man" is taking the zoo away from the "people".

Yes, the same Zoo that isn't even in the city of Detroit to begin with. It is situated smack-dab between lily-white Royal Oak to the north and equally lily-white Pleasant Ridge to the south. Bordered west by half jewish, half black Southfield and to the east by half Billy Bob and the Klan and half Boys Town Ferndale.

Don't have anything useful to say? Pull out the race card. Nobody will challenge you for fear of looking like a racist themselves.

Will the last person to leave Detroit please turn off the light?

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