I read an online article posted by Fox 2 concerning the likelihood of a person that was not black running for the office of mayor of the city of Detroit. My first thought is my, how Detroit has changed. No one would have posted that article in 1993.
There were many people on all sides of the color and political line that wanted to run a person that was not pro-black or a person that wouldn’t be a black mayor, but the mayor of the city of Detroit. So the closest thing to having a white mayor was to have Dennis Archer become mayor of the city. He was the firm’s mayor, as the insiders would have it.
He brought hope to despair and told blacks to clean up the city and he invited whites “to come and do business and make a profit.” He had a good eight-year run but somebody at the top said enough and he didn’t seek a third term.
Then the city went hardcore black and elected the hip-pop mayor that was set to do great things for his people by being positive and smart. Well, he was elected to a second term, but landed in jail.
That was the breaking point for the pro-black moment. The voting people of the city elected the man that was not in any way connected to the pro-black leaders of the past; not someone connected or close to the late great Coleman A. Young, a five-term mayor who made the little man in the streets feel he was not only a part of the government, but he owned the city.
So blacks in Detroit have been saying our water board, our jewels, our city and we ain’t going to give it back. Well, the tone has changed enough for a white man to think about running for mayor of the city and no one is saying it belongs to blacks any more.