Angry Black Man: Was Lil Duval Right?

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Apparently Sunday evening, after the game, Lil Duval posted the following message on Twitter:

This might come as a surprise to y’all but we having a city in America that look just as bad as Haiti its called DETROIT!

You know what? As much as I want to get mad at his statement, I can’t. I’m not going to even acknowledge the difference between Haiti and Detroit but I’ll state a few things.

Detroit is messed up, yes. We are suffering like all of the United States – possibly more because of the auto industry mishaps. Maybe now people will see the importance of buying American, but I doubt it. Doesn’t matter anyway because trying to keep prices down for you cheap bastards, most of those jobs have gone to Mexico. But that is a rant for another day.

But to say Detroit is as bad off as Haiti? Well, thats fucked up. But as fucked up as it is, its almost true. Detroit is not as bad as Haiti but we are getting there.  Look at the drop out rate. Look at the test scores Detroit Public Schools get. Those kids aren’t learning anything. Oh did I hit a nerve? I hope I really did because the truth hurts. Think about it like this – whenever a sudden tragic event occurs, celebrities gather from far and wide to show that they care and were moved by what happened.

How about these stats:

  • According to the America’s Promise Alliance, Detroit had the highest high school dropout rate in 2008.
  • USA Today reports that, in 2006, Detroit high school dropout rates were the highest among the nations 50 largest school districts.

I could continue but I think you get the point.

So, Hollywood, where is our telethon? Where are our donations? Oh, I forgot. In America, people don’t care about their neighbors. We can give millions in one day for a tragic event thousands of miles away, but for the past 50 years Detroit has been dying no one has cared. Its not news worthy because thousands haven’t died all at once.

Sadly, Haiti has a reason to be in the condition it is. I’m not taking anything anyway from Haiti, or its people who are in dire straits. They need all the support they can get right now.

What is Detroit’s excuse? Anyone? Someone?

Yeah, that’s what I thought. So when people try to compare Detroit to Haiti and say Detroit is as bad as Haiti, go ahead and correct them. Tell them, “Not yet but we’re working on it.”

Angry Black Man
angryblackman@whutupdoe.com

  • http://www.twitter.com/RandiRossario Randi Rossario

    Very good points!!

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  • Detroit Red

    This is interesting. The comparison is a little illogical if you ask me, but I like the point as far as Americans coming together to help get our own shit tight. Lil Duvall still ain’t shit though for saying that, but he’s a comedian, who takes HIM seriously and gets offended anyways?? There are better and bigger things going on to get our panties in a bunch about. I surely won’t let a F-List (at best) comedian stir me up.

  • Lovneet

    I really dont think Detroit will get that bad as far as poverty but maybe if something that mother nature does to destroy the land there other than that I believe Detroit will be rebuild but it will take some time.

  • http://www.whutupdoe.com Dub

    @DetroitRed & Lovneet: There is no direct comparison to Detroit and Haiti, no. However, for the past 50+ years the city of Detroit has been steadily declining. It may seem a little illogical looking at how we are now, but what about in another 50 years? 100 years? If we continue this path, anything is possible. For the first time in how many decades, the city has slipped below a million in population? The city isn’t just under a million by a little, we’re under 800k. For a major city such as Detroit, that’s MAJOR. Less population = less funding and revenue. Things could get a lot worse before they get better.