Detroit is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan.
In 1950, the city population peaked at 1,849,568. In 2013 the population had shrunk to 680,250.
At the beginning of the 20th century the city was almost exclusively White (98.7%). In 2010 the non-Hispanic White population share was 7.8%. Blacks were 82.7% of the population.
On July 18, 2013, Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history.
The city is now known worldwide for “ruin porn,” or photographs and films of its once-grand buildings and homes now in decay.
Escape From Detroit: The Collapse of America’s Black Metropolis
An American Renaissance review of the book Escape From Detroit: The Collapse of America’s Black Metropolis by Paul Kersey states that "White middle class flight occurred only after the race riots of July 1967 which were the worst race riots in American history. Further, other factors do not adequately explain white flight. Conventionally, proponents of integration have blamed the collapse of the auto industry. However, this occurred in the 1970s and the exodus began immediately after the 1967 riots. Further, the suburbs showed no decline from the auto industry fallout; people simply found other jobs. While economic woes may be a contributing cause during the 1970s, the exodus started in the relatively prosperous late 1960s and was part of a larger pattern in which the white middle class moved out of the city for the suburbs as urban violence rose. After the riots, however, whites began to abandon the city wholesale.
Even more importantly, as this book points out time and again, for whatever reason that the white middle class left the city, the city then became ruled by African-American leaders for the African-American majority...
... If white rule was oppressive, removing that white rule would alleviate the problem, we think. Clearly it has not, and Kersey will give any thinker a run for their money because his analysis of this gap is diligent and thorough....
...the funereal tone of this book as it presides over the decline of “The Paris of the West,” and allows him to approach it as an archaeologist trying to uncover the reasons for the failing of a once-great civilization....
..."In the 1960s, Disingenuous White Liberals (DWLs) like Mayor Jerry Cavanaugh thought that massive spending programs — redistribution of wealth — could maintain a steady peace between the white and black populations of the city. These dreams would spectacularly end in late July 1967 when Black people rioted, but the rest of the nation still clings to the belief that the government can redistribute money to the Black community to maintain the peace. (181)""
- Escape From Detroit: The Collapse of America’s Black Metropolis, by Paul Kersey
- The Continuing Destruction of Detroit
- The multi-racial decline of Detroit - a photographical essay
- The multi-racial decline of Detroit – a photographical essay
- Encyclopedia.com: Detroit
- ↑ Escape From Detroit: The Collapse of America’s Black Metropolis, by Paul Kersey http://www.amren.com/news/2012/05/escape-from-detroit-the-collapse-of-americas-black-metropolis-by-paul-kersey/