The City of Detroit is in serious financial problems, projected budget shortfall of $300 million dollars, so the mayor is looking into ways to save money. And one of the ideas is to cut the yearly funding for the zoo and turn it over to the zoological society to find it. This only amounts to about $5 million a year, but every bit helps the city. The city would maintain ownership, but the zoo would just find funding in other places.
So guess what happened? The state said that it would pick up the funding! The city council just needed to decide if they want to cut the funding and let the zoo find it’s own funding. Sounds great, right? Of course! So what do the geniuses at city hall do? They decide that they want to continue the pissing contest with the mayor and vote it down, even though the mayor said that would mean having to close it down.
But it doesn’t end there….. One of the city council members decided that the states offer to help the zoo was racially motivated! WHAT?!?!?!? Why is the state saying that they see the zoo as an important part of community and so they want to keep it open, racism? Here is what Barbara-Rose Collins said…..
“This is not a plantation,” Collins said. “We are not owned by everyone else. Black folks are not owned by white folks anymore. I made the point Saturday that the state Legislature was pimping the City of Detroit, and that we should not play the role of prostitute. That upset a lot of people, but I stand by my words. The symbolism is that Detroit is a black city, and we’re not able to govern ourselves. It’s a racist attitude and I resent it.”
I don’t get it! Why is the state wanting to preserve our zoo, racism? But it proves my point from this post! I believe racism is propagated more by black people than it is by white people. And Barbara-Rose Collins proved my point once again.