“The small, white ‘art community’ in Detroit complained that I was focusing on the negative in a city with so much good. What about all the galleries and museums and music? They complained in a flurry of e-mails and blogs. What about the good things?
"It was a fair point. There are plenty of good people in Detroit. Tens of thousands of them. Hundreds of thousands. There are lawyers and doctors and auto executives with nice homes and and good jobs and community elders trying to make things better, teachers who spend their own money on the classroom, people who mow lawns out of respect for the dead neighbor, parents who raise their children, ministers who help with funeral expenses.
"But these things are not supposed to be news. These things are supposed to be normal. And when normal things become the news, the abnormal becomes the norm. And when that happens, you might as well put a fork in it.”
Go ahead and laugh at Detroit. Because you are laughing at yourself.
In cities and towns across the country, whole factories are auctioned off. Men with trucks haul away tool-and-die machines, aluminum siding, hoists, drinking fountains. It is the ripping out of the country’s mechanical heart right before your eyes.
A newly hired autoworker will earn $14 an hour. This, adjusted for inflation, is three cents lessthan what henry Ford was paying in 1914 when he announced the $5 day. And, of course, Ford isn’t hiring.
from Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
“’No,’ was Harbaugh’s blunt reply when asked if he was ‘worth the money.’
“The comment came during a report that aired Monday from former Detroit News writer
Charlie LeDuff that examined the salaries of high-profile coaches at
major universities compared to those of other public officials.”
“’Well, then give it back,’ a surprised LeDuff deadpanned in response to Harbaugh’s answer.”