Media tries to blame Detroit’s demise on racism


George StephanopoulosWhile interviewing Detroit Mayor Dave Bing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos managed to connect the racial discord over the death of Trayvon Martin with Detroit‘s financial woes and question if racism is behind the city’s struggles.

Stephanopoulos mentioned President Obama comment’s made on Friday regarding race, before referencing “an African-American reporter” from the Washington Post who wrote that “hostile white suburbs” did little to prevent Detroit’s demise.

“And it comes against the backdrop – we saw the president’s comments on race on Friday. Over the last 50 years, Detroit has gone from more than 80 percent white to more than 80 percent black city,” Stephanopoulos said.

“And Keith Richberg, an African-American reporter from the Washington Post points out Detroit is one of the most racially polarized cities in America.”

Stephanopoulos then quotes from a column Richberg wrote:

“Older Detroiters are correct that the city was surrounded by a ring of often hostile white suburbs in a largely conservative state that had little time for a poor, destitute, Democratic and black city. The governor’s appointment of an emergency financial manager is again seen as a hostile racist takeover by the state over the city’s elected black leadership.”

To his credit, Mayor Bing was having none of it. “Well, I don’t want to make this a black and white issue,” he responded. “It’s a financial issue. And it’s green.”

Bing then added that he didn’t want to “stir the pot and bring up all kinds of historically racial issues,” saying that “we have got to get beyond that.”

“You know, the polarization between our city and our suburbs is something that’s been going on for the last 60 years,” he continued. “We have got to change it.”

The exchange begins at the 6:30 mark in the video below.


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.
Tom Tillison


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles