To follow up on my previous post about how everyone’s jokes about Detroit’s bankruptcy aren’t funny, here’s a little demographic data about the people who are directly affected:
In 1950, when Detroit’s population was at its peak, the city was 82 percent white. After decades of white flight, that number is reversed: the city is now 82 percent black and 10 percent white. On the map [above] Detroit’s city limits are obvious—especially its northern boundary, along the infamous “Eight Mile Road.”
This is what people who are busy making “Robocop” jokes or taking shots at Obama or unions aren’t talking about:
Surprise, surprise: race and poverty.
HT: Alec MacGillis.