The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Detroit Mayor Blames the Victims for the City’s Crime Problems

Mar 19, 2007

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick gave his state of the city speech. He talked about the problem of crime in the city, saying, “We have to come to a point in our community where there is no conspiracy by outsiders doing this to us. This is us killing us ... And we, as a community, have to stop it now. Nobody’s coming to save us. We have to stand up for ourselves and stand up now.”

What a hypocrite! This is a man who–like others before him–has presided over all kinds of cuts in city services that make life more difficult for people living in the city–closing recreation centers, cutting bus routes, closing schools, eliminating bulk trash pickup–while increasing water rates and the amount senior citizens pay to ride buses. This is the same administration that has reduced taxes on the wealthy, handed over money from the public schools to private companies and given big gifts for expensive construction projects.

All of this can only create more crime. Kilpatrick is blaming the victims! He is the criminal–as are the wealthy people and big corporations he really serves!

Yes, people in Detroit have to “take responsibility” for stopping crime. They need to organize their neighborhoods to fight for social services, to fight against drugs and organized crime.

Yes, drive the criminals out! Organize patrols of the neighborhoods! And the first ones to drive out are the cops who protect the criminals and take money on the side! And politicians like the mayor!