Detroit residents are buzzing over incendiary threats from New Black Panther Party leader Malik Shabazz. What’s he so angry about, now?
Detroit’s financial review team, meeting Monday among disruptive residents, declared that the city is under a financial emergency, and no workable agreement between the city and state has been adopted. But it stopped short of recommending to Gov. Rick Snyder that an emergency manager should be appointed to supervise Detroit’s finances.
Under state law, Snyder would have to name an emergency manager within the next 10 days, but state and city officials say they are close to reaching an agreement that would avert such action.
But if the Detroit City Council approves recently ratified union contracts, it may be what pushes the city into the hands of a emergency manager.
For many in attendance, the state’s threat to appoint an emergency manager stirs bitter memories of unfair wages and forced segregation.
“This is white-on-black crime,” community activist Minister Malik Shabazz said during public comment. “This is white supremacy. Before you can take over our city, we will burn it.”