Actor Sean Penn compared Haiti to Detroit three years after an earth quake devastated the island and its capital city Port Au Prince. He said the crime rates in the two cities are similar. I have no evidence to dispute his claim. However, you can make comparisons to Detroit and Haiti.
I know this will anger some people because you just don’t pick on Detroit no matter how bad things are. But I am going to do something to show you how desperate Detroit is. I am going to my old neighbor and snap photos and post them on this blog. I hope to do it in the coming days and I want you to see where I grew up. I also want you to know this is not what I grew up in. This is what my neighborhood has developed into. I loved my neighborhood and even though some considered it a growing crime area, I felt safe.
I want to cry every time I go there.
I am very excited about what is happening downtown. I want a new stadium. I want a new Cobo. I want more restaurants, bars and places where we can gather and enjoy ourselves. When downtown grows we all win. But total victory won’t come until our neighborhoods are healed.
It is not total victory until families with small children want to move to Detroit and go to school in Detroit. Until then I might not like comments comparing Detroit to Haati or other third world countries. But I cannot fight people like Sean Penn.