MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson argued Sunday that racism is to blame for Detroit’s financial woes, after the once-booming industrial metropolis filed for bankruptcy last week.
Host Ed Schultz asked if race could be responsible for the city’s downfall.
“Of course, it’s an 85 percent black city,” Mr. Dyson replied. “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. The perception is that there is a massive takeover of resources and materials and properties, basically being occupied.”
“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,” he continued. “The service industries hemorrhaged jobs in the inner city, depleted that city of its economic infrastructure and left it to its own fate.”