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Detroit: Which way is up?

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The people of Detroit are at a crossroads.

After the election of 2013, will they continue to fight for the right to cut a path of uncertainty? Or will they return to a bright future that makes it a part of the world created by the dream of men and women that believed in Dr. M.L. King Jr.?

There is now – and has always been – two social tracks that called black people to action: 1) The Booker T. Washington track and 2) the W. E. B. Dubois track of the early 1900s.

There was also the track of self-determination offered by Black Muslims under the honorable Elijah Muhammad and those who also followed the path of total integration led by Dr. M.L. King Jr. To a lesser degree, there is a more radical and militant track that draws those who believe that fairness can’t be achieved in a land where money rules – and those without it suffer the will of those that do.

The person elected Mayor of Detroit will send a signal to the community and Metro Detroit. Detroit has received the good will of some people who hope for the city a new life that reflects the General Motors comeback. As GM continues to sell off government shares, good people that want to see Detroit on the right track have done some things that invite people to stop leaving the city.

The things that are being done might convince others to move to Detroit.

There has been substantial land investment downtown and in neighborhoods. These lands, for housing and business, will make Detroit a place to be by the year 2020. The old communities with the best housing opportunities have caught the attention of many outsiders and investment companies. Home Depot and Lowe’s have new competition as other home improvement companies move in to take advantage of the renaissance.

There have been police cars and other emergency vehicles made available for the use of Detroit – and the maintenance of these vehicles will be done by those who made them available. They are going the extra mile to make the city safe. It also means they are trying to avoid the chronic political dysfunction that has become a part of what politicians, from Detroit to Washington, are known for.

Who will vote and who they will they vote for is the question. The young people that know only the dream of Dr. M.L. King Jr. can vote for any candidate they feel will do the best job of getting the city on the right track and keep it there. Those over 60 that were a part of the fight for the right to MLK’s dream have scars and wounds that make it hard to vote for any person that doesn’t have the same experience.

When people vote, are they voting for a philosophy that formed in the ’60s or for a future that will keep Detroit on the comeback?