Reality Zone. It is a report on the current state of affairs in Motown. What struck me while viewing it was not the financial trouble Detroit is having. That has been an ongoing problem for like forever. It was the video itself.
The news voice, a pleasant sounding woman with a Brit accent, tells us the population back in the hey day of American dominance in the auto industry was around two million. Factories churned out cars, mills baked and bent metal, and Detroit existed happily as a show piece of American economic power.
Now the population of Detroit hovers around 700,000 and is close to being declared DOA. The video is shot as the current residents go about their day. There are moments in the city council room. There are moments at the bus stops, there are shots of pedestrians on the streets.
Maybe I missed it, but I saw absolutely no white people.............until a snippet was inserted of the recent Dodge commercial exalting some high end cruising gas eater. Who is behind the wheel of this over priced petroleum guzzling machine as it winds through the byways and highways of Detroit? Yeah, that's right, a white guy looking all cool and hip with his hand draped at the wrist over the top of the steering wheel.
The white people have left Detroit. That says more about where this country is headed than anything else I can think of. Those who could leave have left. Those who can't leave are stuck with the mess left behind.
And to add insult to injury, this video was put together by al jazeera. So this image of an America in decline is being downloaded, uploaded, reloaded throughout the Muslim world. Not the image we want to project when we visit their part of the planet with our guns, tanks, and ammo. The smart ones in our enemy camps know that all they have to do is wait and we will burn ourselves to the ground. Can anyone say Ho Chi Minh?
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