Exactly my sista! And so. It's kinda hard feeling sorry. Cuz the way I was raised...since no one ever gave my family anything...once ONE door closed...you automatically look for a window to open and then you squeeze in. In other words, you continue to do things that will ensure some form of income...even if you don't wanna do it. You look at the situation and say...hummmm who got good gift of gab. Then you go to that person whether he/she is a preacher/pastor/community leader and say, hey you know how to word it....go in there and see if our community can get a plan going where there is zero interest and a grant to rebuild or raise money to rebuild. And then you go to another person who is good at planning and building. And then you go to another person who is good at organizing and raising cash. And then you go to an attorney. Get the facts right. Then you have a town meeting. And you ask for community suggestions and recommendations and most importantly...VOLUNTEERS. You will be surprised at how many people want to help themselves.
But! I don't know. We have this NEW generation of blackfolks you can't talk to. Many of them are violent, disrespectful and have no vision of their future outside of going to prison. And allllllllll that is? Is fear. And I know how hard it is to get blackfolks in Cali to help themselves and the weather being good here don't help matters [cuz so many would rather sleep on park benches instead of claiming their rights to space and zone. But that's another story.] Detroit has to WANT IT. But maybe one of our people from the outside can come in and inspire CHANGE and get the thang going. Maybe that's what's needed to get folks off their azzes and in the community doing it their DAMN selves. How come no one BLACK has thought of this cuz you are absolutely correct...whitefolks are gonna come in or Asians or Latinos and the next thang you know they are gonna CLAIM Detroit as their HOME...just like you said. What in the HELL is wrong with us? Cuz all it seems we do is complain. Pitiful. But!