I’ve written before about what an embarrassment the state of Michigan is turning out to be, given its long list of crises: Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, the fast-approaching financial collapse of Detroit Public Schools, the entirely preventable Flint water crisis, the miserable condition of our roads (and even worse fix), etc.
Now the national media is starting to look askance at our fair state.
First the Los Angeles Times published an altogether too-short story headlined, “Why Michigan has been lurching from crisis to crisis.”
Now the Rev. David Alexander Bullock, a past president of the Highland Park NAACP, called Michigan a “third world state” live on RT America. He was talking about Detroit’s plan to cut off water to 20,000 non-paying residential customers.
“We actually have a third-world state, if you add the Flint water crisis, with the destruction of public education, with the amount of water shutoffs in the city of Detroit, it’s not just a third-world city, it’s a third-world state, and we need relief,” Rev. Bullock said.
We’re living in extraordinary times here in Detroit. The bill is coming due on more than half a century of state- and federal-sanctioned urban disinvestment and neglect.