Reading yahoo news earlier, I came across an article about the so-called (or not) ‘African Town’ that is being planned in Detroit. You can read about it here. Using fund and loans by the city which would go only to black enterprises (how do you define black anyway – does the US still use racial typing in their ID’s – please enlighten me).
Now that is already troubling, I’d say. The fact that money is spent on certain groups to the exclusion of others on pure basis of race does not strike me as sensible. If you want to support poor blacks for example, a much fairer way would be to support poor people in general, not making the help dependant on the skin color of the one getting it.
What really shows where all this is going however, are the comments Claud Anderson, the black proponent of this scheme has given about the matter:
He does not use the term “African Town.” He says he is concerned only with the plight of “native black Americans,” or descendants of slaves. In fact, he says immigrants have taken resources away from black Detroit residents and contributed to black poverty.
Meaning: Give the money to US, not to them!
So really, is this guy an ***hole, or isn’t he?