Does Detroit need people like Malik Shabazz? Take 2

The original post – Does Detroit need people like Malik Shabazz?

This  is a second look at a post I wrote  a while back. What prompted this second look was actually a couple of  events. First was a recent surprising reply from Rev. Shabazz to my original blog entry asking if I thought he was still needed and that he was tired. The second was a  car show event that I attended at Roosevelt Park in Detroit’s oldest community Corktown.

Part 1 – Rev.Shabazz

Speaking his views

We in the Metropolitan Detroit area are all watching Mayor Bing and the City of Detroit battle it’s way through the financial issues. And as this wasn’t enough the city has once again reclaimed the title of Murder Capital of the US.  [ Actually we are #2 behind our ugly step brother Flint!  Minor technicality!  ]

Rev. Shabazz,  besides being in everyone’s face during recent days in Detroit, after you weed through the vocalizations of white supremacy, has always been an energetic engine to get things done. He acts on what he believes. Not a bad thing actually. Sadly many surviving residents of Detroit are numb to all the events around them.  Daily shootings, theft, robberies, car jacking, fires involving all spectrum’s of  neighborhoods is mentally daunting. Their only concern is to simply make it through the day without some major trauma. Sometimes it takes an outspoken, controversial “character” to get people thinking and to get them motivated in order to focus on the problems at hand. Kinda like a slap in the face.  Usually when that happens you react. At what point do the citizens of Detroit get tired of the crimes against themselves, their families and their neighbors? I would think it is past due but apparently not. Kinda like a slap only nastier!

Once again, in my opinion, despite whether you cater to his political/religious views you cannot deny that he has taken it upon himself to organize others for the good of the community as a whole. He reacts! Even if some of the groups he has helped to create have had some controversy, The Detroit 300, what group is not? He did bring them in to play here in Detroit. With the issues of Detroit evolving as they have I believe he may be a very needed individual to help motivate the residents of Detroit to play a part in stopping the violence and to stop the further decay of what is left of a “city under siege” so to speak. They need all the help they can get.

When asked by Charlie Langton in a March Talk Radio 1270 interview after the vocal outburst : Are you still excited to live in the city of Detroit?

Shabazz: I love Detroit, I’m Detroit bred, Detroit led, and Detroit fed, I think we are the greatest city on the planet. I fight crime, I see poor people, I register people to vote, I close down crack houses, we capture criminals, we do things every day because we believe in this city.

I would hope that Rev. Shabazz continues his quest for improving the conditions in the City of Detroit. If it takes the power of his religious / political views to get people moving so be it. While the powers that be battle it out in council chambers to whatever end the residents of the City of Detroit still have to take on life as usual. And if Rev. Shabazz, and others like him, need to step in and do what they can to help residents make it through these treacherous times a bit easier and more comfortably, I say Have At It!

Part 2 – Corktown in the next edition

Once again the “church” speaks out!

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Notre Dame (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Well, not really the “church”. Just a cranky bishop who really needs to pay more attention to his flock and flock off! Oh yeah, and since when did the “church” in Illinois start giving historical insight lessons and political commentary to the rest of us?  I am sure he was thinking out loud and apparently didn’t get any good divine guidance before he opened his mouth. And that is the same mouth that he prays with! Whatever! Well, good luck with that bishop.

Keep in mind that the same government that he is railing against is the same one that lets him engage in the freedom of speech without getting thrown in jail!

Bishop’s linking Obama to Hitler enrages Notre Dame professors – Yahoo! News.

Does Detroit need people like Malik Shabazz?

“Minister” Malik Shabazz is part of the problem. A big part! But also could just as well be part of the solution. You can’t have it both ways! Can you?

Metro Times – News Views: A new breed of Panther.

Let me say up front that while I don’t agree with his revolutionary thinking I do agree with his aggressive activities in and around Detroit. If coupled with other activists and organizations Detroit will survive. A bit bruised and a bit leaner but it will survive. It always does.

With all its problems and the looming specter of a state financial manager it gets increasingly obvious, to me at least, that it could actually survive, and return to it’s prior glory as the “Motor City” if it weren’t for people like “Minister” Shabazz making circus spectacles of any event that fits his New Black Panther Nation/New Marcus Garvey Movement agenda of spouting “white supremacy” at every turn. In this case during a town meeting on the cities financial problems.

This is white on black crime,” community activist and Minister Malik Shabazz said from a microphone during public comment. “This is white supremacy. Before you can take over our city, we will burn it down.

At first sight and sound my reaction to the news clip was one of moral outrage. Could this guy actually be saying this as a spokesman for the citizens of Detroit? I must say it was a spectacular outburst that will no doubt get some media attention. And I know this is a heated issue but white supremacy?

Burn down the city? I guess that’s one solution! What’s left of the million plus residents of a burned out shell of a city would have someone like Shabazz to thank for having no home or business in the former Detroit wasteland. Oh! Wait! NO CITY! Oops! My bad! And I am sure he will be more than resourceful enough to get it rebuilt with … what? The other guys funding or a government handout? Pleeese. His splinter party and their rhetoric is funded by a BBQ sale. Why don’t the people of Detroit see these so called “community activists” for what they are. Media hounds!

Burn down the city? I guess the simple oversight of Detroit having had over 4 decades of black mayors. I guess the fact that Detroit evolved and survived many years of black leadership by the likes of Coleman Young [20 years] and Quami Kilpatrick [6 years]. Both black and both nefarious figures in Detroit history. Split by a couple of terms by another black mayor, Dennis Archer. How come now, under Bing, who is also black, it is a “white supremacy” issue? How about accepting the fact that while Young and Kilpatrick seemingly helped Detroit they also helped themselves, and their cronies, to bilk the city of millions of dollars in assets. In my opinion, they created the death spiral of Detroit to it’s current state of affairs. Kinda hints of black on black crime to me. Couple that with the unfortunate but forgotten fact that because Detroit is predominantly black, the overwhelming number of crimes are black on black! Doesn’t fit the agenda but is a stark reality. Not “white supremacy” in my opinion.

But could they actually be part of the solution? Maybe.

There is an upside to his inflammatory rhetoric. An upside?! Well, yes, actually, he has been an engine in Detroit and surrounding communities to assist with some of the pressing issues with community decay. Drugs and crime. Is he loud? Yes! Is he vocal? Yes! Can he get things moving or done as a “community activist”? Yes! Do I believe in his culturally divisive views? No! But, in my opinion, he can be an engine for Detroits’ survival if he could tone down the “white supremacy” rhetoric by asserting some “black supremacy” leadership in a mostly black Detroit!

Having grown up in Detroit in the 50’s and 60’s I must say I have a personal affinity for it. It was a great city. And having survived the riots of the late 60’s to see it return was great. Unfortunately after returning to the area in the early 80’s I chose to land in the outer fringes of the city. The city even with all it’s flaws has always had it’s strong figures. And now is when it needs them the most. Not as inflammatory agents of destruction but as vocal agents of positive change! Leave the politics and personal views aside.

In times of need, help can often come from the most unlikely of places. Detroit is a city with exceptional challenges, many of which the government has been ineffective at combating. But controversial minister Malik Shabazz, the black nationalist who has nurtured and energized the New Black Panther Nation/New Marcus Garvey Movement for 15 years now, says he has exceptional solutions. A jack-of-all-trades community activist, Shabazz organizes everything from youth empowerment workshops in schools to food and clothing drives to voter registration. But the revolutionary also does more dangerous jobs, jobs typically thought of as work for the city police department. Alongside other Marcus Garvey Movement members, Shabazz sniffs out and confronts drug dealers, inspects suspect business operations, provides security at public parks, and searches for suspected criminals.
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With all that being said, even though I get greatly agitated when someone throws out “white supremacy” during a crisis that involves mostly black participants, I believe that “Minister” Shabazz should be looking for ways to stabilize the Detroit community during these upcoming hard times. His continued efforts are actually needed now and should be channeled into helping the community survive this hardship.

As a follow up sidebar- The Black Panthers offering a bounty for George Zimmerman won’t help any black/white community relations in any way. Just an opinion!

Angry Afghan Lawmakers Demand Shooting Suspect Be Tried In Afghanistan | Fox News

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More outrageous Afghan buffoonery!

They are demanding that the US soldier be detained and tried in Afghanistan. Say what? And they threaten not to sign a “strategic partner agreement” unless we do. And they can do what for us? I missed the significance of this “strategic partnership”. Karsai and the Taliban are mouthing off all over the place. The Afghan militia is killing US and NATO soldiers,
Angry Afghan Lawmakers Demand Shooting Suspect Be Tried In Afghanistan | Fox News.

A very funny, well at least to me, piece of this article was this section

Haji Abdul Ghani, a tribal elder from the area of Panjwai district where the shooting spree occurred warned the U.S. move would cause “people to rise up and increase the hostility between Afghanistan and America.”

And this is new… how? It has gotten to the point that the more they talk the sillier it gets. I really have no respect for them or their way of life. And I really am getting a wee bit agitated at all the BS we are putting up with to keep them as a “strategic partner”.

And another little tidbit from the article …

His visit was marred by a bizarre incident in which an Afghan man crashed a stolen truck at an airfield in southern Afghanistan as the defense secretary’s plane was landing and then exited the vehicle in flames.

It appears that he was an an interpreter working for foreign forces, and died of extensive burns after the incident. I hate to appear to be unfeeling but sucks to be him and I hope Allah accepts his sacrifice. Cause from this side he’s an asshat.

And why in the hell are we even “negotiating” with the Taliban? What’s there to negotiate? I hope they aren’t being considered as a “strategic partner” too. Let me guess.. we will give them some sort of aid to stop attacking. Well… seems to me I have a simpler solution is this. Tell them you attack us and we will hunt you down and blow your stuff up and kill you! That’s their operative mode. Fair game as far as I can tell. Why give them aid? Appears they are pretty good at lying through their turbans to get free stuff.

Karzai Wants US Troops To Pull Back To Military Bases | Fox News

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Basically Afghan president Karzai not only wants the US troops to pull back to their bases but also wants all the NATO troops to do the same thing! And now we are getting flak from the Taliban! Are you kidding me! Guess they must also be speaking for the Afghan people. Oh! Wait! I thought they weren’t in control anymore? Now, with that done it would leave a majority of the country in the control of the Afghan militia and the Taliban. And we already have a good idea of what they are capable of! Right back to the old ways, only now they have better equipment. I say give them what they want, pull out and cut off the aid. Tag your it! You asked for it and you got it!

Karzai Wants US Troops To Pull Back To Military Bases | Fox News.

These guys are getting a whole lot of arrogant and telling us what we should and should not do. I say cut them loose! Pull out now! Why aren’t we all over Karsai to apprehend and prosecute the killers of the US and NATO troops?! My guess… he can’t because he’s not in charge of his militia.

It really is sad that we spent so many lives and money to get these asshats a “new” country. Apparently they are happy in a stone age culture based on bloodthirsty secular stupidity! But they do make a lot of noise for a bunch of goofies!

APNewsBreak: New case of Afghan killing Marine – Yahoo! News

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I guess the Afghans are just not ready for the real world!

While there is outrage and all sorts of mouthing off by the Afghans about the Koran burnings, there are an alarming amount of stories about the Afghan militia killing US, and other, soldiers. These asshats just don’t get it! And it appears that our government wants to continue dealing with these asshats on a normal level.

APNewsBreak: New case of Afghan killing Marine – Yahoo! News.

F@#k Them! Now it is our turn to be outraged! Just one mans opinion. Mine!

Stepping up when we should be buzzing off!

Once again I say, it is really a constant annoyance to me that even when the Afghan government can’t seem to control it’s own people, they constantly kill and protest outsiders, that in a time of disaster the US is a major contributor to their efforts despite the asshat mentality of the locals. And we are the first ones to be labeled inhumane.
As far as I am concerned I really would not feel one bit bad if we didn’t contribute a damn thing!

UN says 145 ‘presumed dead’ in Afghan avalanche – Yahoo! News.

They just don’t get it! They are so wrapped up in being religious secular asshats they don’t have a clue how to function as a country. And it appears to me they don’t want to. So …. why bother? We got our own disasters here. Lots of homeless from the tornadoes. Are they helping us? NOPE!

Just one mans opinion.