August SnowLarge Print - 2017
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Much to the delight of Lutherans, Baptists, the affluent Catholics of Oakland County and atheists, the Archdiocese of Detroit has closed or merged nearly sixty Catholic churches in the past year leaving the city's downtown black, Hispanic, elderly and poor Catholics feeling abandoned by a church they had prayed in and tithed to for years. Now, the people who'd suffered the most during Detroit's perpetual slide into financial insolvency felt even more marginalized and afraid.
Contrary to popular belief, Detroit's "white flight" didn't start in the '60s. Gringos have always been "flying" out of the concentric circles of Detroit. All in an effort to avoid--well--everybody: The Germans. The Italians. The Irish. Greeks. Swedes. Finns. Blacks. Mexicans. Vietnamese. Now the influx of Chaldeans and Middle East Muslims.
All of us have our angry and fearsome ghosts in this mad America.
"Eating at a damn lunch counter or sitting at the front of the bus are the little tokens that would have you believe progress has been made," she said. "The lines are still drawn in black and white. Even for the president of the United States. They're just drawn in mostly invisible ink. Especially in Michigan. In Detroit. This place--these people--corrupt black politicians and bigoted white business people--it is Louisiana 1965, only with better lakes and more Starbucks."
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