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years seem to have passed between Detroit’s June 17, 2013, bankruptcy filing
and the warning issued by the city’s newly elected Mayor Coleman Young in his
1974 inaugural address.
“It is time to leave Detroit. Hit Eight Mile
Road. And I don’t give a damn if they are black or white, if they wear Superfly
suits or blue uniforms with silver badges. Hit the road,” he said.
To the first African-American mayor of a major
U.S. city, equating the police with criminals was a way of telling his
overwhelmingly black constituency that he understood their concerns about
police brutality and civil rights.
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To the city’s white residents, it was a
message that he placed those concerns above public safety and civil order.
White flight, which began in the late ’60s, accelerated.
1970, Detroit’s population was 1.5 million. Forty-four percent was
African-American, 54 percent was white. By 1990, the city’s population had
fallen to slightly more than 1 million, with African-Americans accounting for
78 percent and whites only 20 percent.