Me growing up in the big city “Detroit” , Michigan; it is a lot to the neighborhood life here. You have people at the local barbershops having cookouts with their barbeque grills fired up. You got some people selling water bottles on street corners. We have abandoned buildings and dilapidated houses but still got community leaders that want to see the better of the city. Detroit is more than Detroit, it is a town that consist of hero’s, workers and hustlers. They say the dollar is the common ground of why Detroiters move. In my eyes it is more than that, I believe it is the love of their life, family and sometimes careers.
I think a human beings greatest threat is a dollar. Yes, are actions must equate to making the dollar. When we receive payment for our deeds, it is a kind thank you for the quality of work I did for today. That is not what defines business though, I think business comes from having a passion for the community. Knowing the ins and outs of your local scene to be able to build up a strive- contributing to economic success. I would not describe Detroit as a city of, “hustlers”. Maybe that is the case in the more urban areas. When the bigger thought is captured in the mind and heart of a Detroiter. It is a better life that is being chased.
With the economic declined that happened when Kwame Kilpatrick was in office. We watched the population decreased from at-least a million going down too six-hundred thousand. Moving to places like California, Arizona and even Atlanta. The dollars value here has inflated, rising cost and people being lost out of a house. Fast forward too the year 2018, the city has now became better. Downtown Detroit is seeing a revitalization and the artist community is starting to thrive along with it. In my opinion, what makes a Detroiter ? The grit, grime and never being able to be killed. What won’t kill me, will make me stronger.
Opioid abuse has became a prominent issue for a lot of people. Pharmaceutical companies are over prescribing people than the average rate. Which in turns make them the new street pusher. Single handedly the pharmacy companies are out-doing the eighties, replacing heroin for opioids and other drugs. Is this a plan devised by people that hold certain positions of political and corporate interest to help push this addiction ? Incarceration rates are soaring through the roof; leaving more people locked bars, ripping families apart one day at a time.
A woman has got locked behind bars talking to her son through prison phones. She wishes that she can reunite with her family some day. She use to sell the pills and at the same time take them. One woman states that, “Drugs made her feel like a super-mom”. I think due to dealing with a high traumatic divorce that left her family in discord; she immediately turned to something other than therapy to heal. Some people turn to robbing, selling sex and even con-artist jobs on friends and families just to meet their daily fix.
As I had a conversation with my mother she stated that she lived three decades and seen the different popularity of drugs. From crack too heroin and now it is pills. We speculated that this could be a larger issue at hand. Especially within the inner-city communities, now do you think a n*gga from hard times can get their hands on highly addictive substances without the help of ties that lead into the other-side. No, I can not manufacture OxyContin but I know the FDA and scientist of whatever can.
We still have students saying on Martin Luther King day, “Lets kill off four more like him and get a week off”. We still have black students being subjected to be called a Nigger while singing the National Anthem with the rest of their peers on a school bus. A Detroit police officer and amateur photographer, Khary Mason, decided to take a stand and sent emails to the schools superintended and reached out to Activist in communities. When his eldest son had experience racism and still no-one has came to aid him in getting the issue resolved. Having got the attention of a whole community, his only wish is to make a better world for his kids to grow up in.
Rochester Hills population makes up less than 6 percent of African Americans. I think in order to heal communities like this we must have cultural appreciation days. Were we take time out our day to appreciate different ethnicities. Instead, we have some movements that still want racism to be a thing in the fabrics that make up America. Remember the black boy that got shot at by his neighbor when asking for directions to school ? That’s what makes this cops fight and the issue I see in America a problem. Instead of trying to give a solution we bring the poison. Why must we always see other ethnicities as a threat, instead of fixing the threat, we kill them off. Still not having a solution on how to fix the problem but making the flames more fanned. Fear is always going to be an issue when we look at an affluent neighborhood with a population that makes up Caucasians. They are use to the same, seeing the same, that when they see different. The people in that community are going to go off what they see and read in their local news stations, about what happened in Detroit last week at a gas station in the summer time.