This is an excellent summary of Watergate in Flint by Charles Blow. The comment I will reprint from the excellent comments is even more revealing. I want to ask Mr. Blow why he didn’t write about this earlier, or did he?
from NYT comments: Mark Thomason is a trusted commenter Clawson, Mich 5 hours ago
“Michigan’s split between parties is strongly reinforced by racist resentments. Gov. Snyder in particular has used this in an organized Republican attack on black Democratic controlled localities.
Key to this is his emergency manager law, which was revoked by referendum, then immediately re-imposed anyway in a party line vote. It allows the State to cut off revenue sharing, and then take over cities and school districts which “fail” because their money has been cut off.
This was done to Detroit, famously, but less known it has been done to many other cities and school districts, every single one of them black and Democratic.
What is happening is an overtly racist outrage. What surprises me is that it has gone under the radar until now, despite being done so publicly to Detroit. I’ve watched sneering “Young Republicans” doing an “inspection” of the Michigan Works offices that help the unemployed, openly insulting staff and people getting help. It was infuriating to watch. The attitudes are nauseating, and not at all hidden.
This isn’t the Michigan I remember growing up. It has turned nasty, as the hard core Republican crusade led by Snyder has turned into racial attacks too.
This would reward some good reporting. It screams and begs for good reporting.”
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