The Spark

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

“Extravagant”?

May 2, 2011

“Detroit Public Library extravagant redecorating spree” – this was the headline on an article in the Detroit News, complaining that the library had spent $1100 each for 20 comfortable chairs put in a lounge for its patrons, and $500 each for 24 hanging light fixtures over computers.

In other words, patrons of the Detroit library – mostly workers or high school students, the majority black – shouldn’t expect to have even a few modest comforts.

Go peddle that racist and elitist crap somewhere else, Mr. Editor of the Detroit News.

Crap – and a very convenient coincidence, printing this article just when Detroit’s businessman-mayor, Dave Bing, wants to cut the library’s budget to shreds.