‘Dumb, Lazy ...’ Detroiters
Kevyn Orr Gets Offensive
Published: August 7, 2013
“I resent the ‘lazy’ comment,” said Cheryl Johnson, who worked for the city’s Department of Water & Sewerage. She told us how she was able to use her city job as a way to get off welfare and pay for college classes as she sought to better her life.
“I was so angry at those comments,” said Faye Davis, who put in more than 30 years working for the city before retiring. I thought the comment was an insult to auto workers, fast food workers, workers for the city of Detroit — saying that we aren’t intelligent.”
While Johnson, Davis and others stood outside holding placards that said things like “I’m not lazy” and “I earned my pension,” a group attempted without success to meet with Orr and extract an apology from him. They also, according to AFSCME Local 25 representative Ed McNeil, tried in vain to meet with Mayor Dave Bing to find out why he hadn’t stepped up to challenge Orr’s comments.
As for the pretzel-like verbal contortions displayed by Nowling as he attempted to justify his boss’ characterization of Detroit, retiree Davis observed that Orr is catching “a lot of heat for what he said, and now they are trying to clean it up, which is what they always do.”
Perhaps predictably, Nowling also tried to play one version of the race card in an attempt to provide Orr some much-needed cover.
“For someone who grew up in the segregated South, as Kevyn did,” wrote Nowling, “Detroit was held up for generations to African-Americans and others looking for a way out of poverty and injustice.”
So there you have it: The dumb, lazy, happy and rich people of Detroit are only looking for a way out of poverty and injustice because they are African-Americans and others, and their champion is a bankruptcy lawyer who moved here from Washington, D.C. because he is really one of them.
We hope that clears everything up.
News Hits is written by Curt Guyette. Contact the column at 313-202-8004 or NewsHits@metrotimes.com.
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