Well, if people already didn’t think that Detroit City officials were wacky, this is sure to change their mind. I heard about this driving home for spring break this weekend, and decided that I HAD to write something about this.
On Febraury 24th, the Detroit City Council voted against transferring Cobo Hall to the Detroit Regional Convention Authority. Cobo hall is in need of expansion and repair (the roof leaked on some VERY expensive cars this past weekend at Autorama). On March 4th, Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr. vetoed the council’s vote. On Thursday, the council called an emergency session (president Monica Conyers called the session) to override the veto. Well, that wasn’t legal, so nothing really got done there. An injunction against that veto will most likely be submitted, probably today, and the Council is meeting again tonight.
Now, on to the fun part. The first video I have for you is from WDIV (Channel 4-NBC). This is Councilwoman Barbara Rose-Collins going off on how Detroit cannot give up Cobo Hall to the Regional Convention Authority (a group of 5 people – 1 from each of the counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb, 1 person appointed by the mayor of Detroit, and 1 appointed by the Governor):
Next we have the video of Councilwoman Barbara Rose-Collins singing “Onward, Christian Soldiers” (and she’s joined by Councilwoman Martha Reeves), courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:
Here Collins defends what she said in the meeting and accuses Oakland County L. Brooks Patterson of being a racist, courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:
Finally, here’s L. Brooks Patterson defending himself and sharing his views on the situation, courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:
Now, this just goes to show how sad of a state the Detroit leadership is in. Barbara Rose-Collins is pretty much the very definition of a racist idiot. She claims that Brooks Patterson called her a monkey. He never did that. He said that “instead of making decisions about the zoo, they ought to be in the zoo.” Collins and other racists on the Council took that to mean that he was calling them monkeys, and Collins refuses to work with Patterson today because he won’t apologize. Well, he has nothing to apologize for in my opinion, because he did NOT call anybody a monkey.
If he had compared the councilmembers to monkeys, even I would demand an apology from him. Do you know how heartless and mean of a thing to say that is? If I were a monkey, I would have been devastated! All joking aside, Brooks Patterson did nothing wrong – he simply stood up to the council and showed how ignorant they were. But he’s white, and most of them are black, so that makes him a racist in their eyes.
I have one other factual error to correct. Collins talks about his involvement as a lawyer defending bus bombers in Pontiac. She claims that he defended NAG, who bombed school buses. Well, that’s also untrue. For more about that, see the Detroit News piece on that: http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/index.php?id=161. I’ll go into quick detail – NAG was the National Action Group, and they opposed busing in Pontiac. Well, the Ku Klux Klan bombed some school buses. Patterson represented the head of NAG, Irene McCabe, but neither NAG nor McCabe were ever involved with the KKK bus bombings. Collins here again twisted the facts to make Patterson look like a racist, but it is COLLINS who is the racist.
It’s not secret that I have great respect for L. Brooks. Oakland County is one of the most successful counties in the nation, and it’s a county in one of the economically worst states. Sure, his humor gets him into trouble, but it makes me laugh – I liked his jokes about Collins.
Anyway, I hope that Cockrel’s wish comes true, and Cobo is handed over to the Regional Convention Authority. We’ve seen before that Detroit leadership ruins more things than it fixes, and I think Cockrel sees that here. Hopefully his veto stands, and we can move on to fix and expand Cobo Hall.