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Published:July 24th, 2017 17:25 EST
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'See Detroit Like We Do' Billboard Depicts Only White People

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A Sunday-night Facebook post signed by billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert announced that his organization `screwed up badly` when posting a downtown sign that said, `See Detroit like we do.`

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Filling windows along the ground level of the Vinton Building, the sign with the Bedrock real-estate company`s insignia was a photograph of nearly all white people. U.S. Census data in 2010 showed the city to be more than 82% black."

Detroit Free Press

The sign could not have been more honest, Dan Gilbert the CEO of a real estate development company and the Detroit Chamber of Commerce see only the predominantly white people who work downtown and patronize the upscale restaurants and fancy boutiques.

They don`t see and are indifferent to the needs of the vast majority of black Detroiters.

Things aren`t going to change and Detroit will remain a failed city until the powers that be see things from the perspective of a black man with no job prospects struggling to feed his family.

I beg to differ with Gilbert, he didn`t screw up badly, unwittingly he exposed the racism in the Motor City.

If Gilbert is really sorry and he wants to make amends he can start by opening factories in the neglected black areas of Detroit.

Pic of controversial sign:

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/07/24/gilbert-downtown-detroit-sign/503929001/

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