Former EM compares Detroit Bankruptcy to Civil Rights #ReclaimMLK
Former Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr compares Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit’s bankruptcy to Rev. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. #ReclaimMLK
Excerpts from the MLive.com article on Kevyn Orr’s speech at the Grand Rapids Economic Clubs gathering on January 26th:
“While his plan to restructure the city’s pension obligations and its debts was greeted with almost universal hostility, Orr said it was a call from his mother that was among the most difficult. She called after hearing from an elderly friend whose pension was threatened by the bankruptcy petition.
“When your momma calls you crying about the job you’re doing, it’s a little disconcerting,” said Orr.
Orr compared Snyder’s decision to “bet the farm” and seek bankruptcy in his first term in office as a great act of political courage on par with Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s D-Day Invasion and the Rev. Martin Luther King’s civil rights crusade.”
Comparing Snyder’s actions to those of MLK’s during the Civil Rights Movement is an offensive attempt to recast the horrendous impact of Gov. Snyder’s legislation and policy on the state’s black population. It is a mockery of Rev. Martin Luther King’s legacy.
During Snyder’s tenure as Governor residents have experienced:
- Massive cuts to Social Services.
- Right to Work legislation signed.
- The transfer of major Detroit public assets into quasi public/private control.
- Denying the will of the people by imposing a stricter Emergency Management law following the repeal of an initial EM law by voters state-wide.
- and 50% of the state’s African-American population under Emergency Management.