A wise person once said, “…One should rather remain silent and thought a fool than to speak aloud and remove all doubt”.
In answer to a question as to how Detroit might fix its financial problems, L. Brooks Patterson was quoted as saying: “I made a prediction a long time ago, and it’s come to pass. I said, ‘What we’re gonna do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it, and then throw in the blankets and the corn.’ ” http://www.freep.com/article/20140120/NEWS03/301200130/L-Brooks-Patterson-s-Detroit-bashing-in-New-Yorker-draws-fire
Patterson has finally removed all doubt as to how the one-dimensionality of his mind malfunctions. He voiced other statements that were just as nonsensical during the same interview.
Patterson speaks without reason or research. He is Oakland County’s loose cannon and his antics are too irrational and asinine to be taken seriously by the majority of Detroiters.
Patterson: the real bogeyman
As a lifetime Detroiter, I have filled up my gas tank in the city for decades; as a-matter-of-fact, I filled up my gas tank last week on Gratiot Avenue, right in the city. So for Patterson to tell his off-springs that getting gas in Detroit is liken to a carjacking lacks minimal reasoning on his part.
My six year old grandson knows how to practice basic safety procedures in the city and the suburbs—stranger danger is everywhere. And speaking of danger, Patterson was in the City of Detroit last week speaking on a panel with other local politicians.
Patterson is dangerous because he lacks vision, knowledge, or wisdom. To spread the type of venomous racial prejudice that he spews contaminates the minds of people that would rather rely on second hand fact-less speculations instead of researching first hand based accounts.
WANTED: Medium Size Reservation in Oakland County
If words indeed convey ones’ heart, then Patterson needs a bit in his mouth like a horse and every time he forms a phrase to pronounce a word, the Indians and African Americans could take turns pulling the bit in order to control his conduct. An even better scenario would be to rope off Patterson’s home, designate it as a reservation, build a very high fort that is manned by Indians and African Americans who were born and bred in Detroit. Patterson leaving his reservation to venture to Detroit would be considered an act of sabotage.
To be sure, the entire matter is way too unfortunate to be amusing. Furthermore, reading some of the commentaries regarding Patterson’s dialogue one comes to understand that he actually has a following that echoes his sentiments.
Unite the States
The United States has always been a racially divided country. Yesterday, most Americans observed Martin Luther King (MLK) Junior’s birthday. L. Brooks Patterson is the night mare on the flip side of King’s Dream. Patterson’s hate rhetoric should not be taken lightly, as he is moving like a slow tide with irreversible damage.
Patterson frightens this Examiner on various levels. Oh no, I do not think that he would carjack me, but he would rather leave my bloody beaten body on the side of the road. I do not think that he would physically harm my grandson, but I do feel that he would vote to deny him an education.
Patterson’s archaic thinking about race and society is a very scary proposition. He is keeping the divisive campfires burning in the name of institutionalized racism. He is fueling the fire for hate groups and hate crimes to formulate a more vicious game plan. This is not a game where the winner takes all. For that reason, the following quote by MLK is very applicable.
“If Western civilization does not now respond constructively to the challenge to banish racism, some future historian will have to say that a great civilization died because it lacked the soul and commitment to make justice a reality for all...” MLK