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The centerpiece of the hour-long informal meeting was a speech by Council member Barbara-Rose Collins, who arrived by wheelchair, one arm in a sling, following shoulder surgery this week.
Collins said she fears that the Cobo transfer would set a precedent for takeover of Detroit assets, and urged her colleagues to be mindful of the integrity and authority of Detroit’s city council.
But Collins began by castigating the media, which she says has unfairly criticized the council’s decision.
“I open the newspaper and every newspaper but one calls City Council racist, crazy, monkeys in a zoo,” she said. “These are things kindergartners say to each other… I want to say, your mama. Your mama. Because it all comes from where you came from.”
Collins also criticized Europeans, saying that Europeans traditionally take from the less powerful, black or white, citing segregationist apartheid in South Africa, British imperialism and the destruction of Native American culture.
Arabs, she said, are smart, thanking an Arab-American man present at the meeting for the alphabet and geometry.
Collins alluded to her recent surgery, but said she hadn’t taken any pain medication before the meeting in order to ensure that she wouldn’t misspeak.
Collins also spoke against Cockrel and businessman Dave Bing, the two men competing to finish former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s term.
“We’re in a bad situation, citizens,” she said. “We’ve got Dave Bing, who says he’s going to do whatever the (Detroit Regional) Chamber tells him to, and what’s his name, Ken Cockrel Jr., who moves when someone jabs him.”
The council member said she wanted to hold a “constitutional convention” at Cobo Center that would set down “laws and by-laws of what can happen in this country.”
“And the first thing is to do battle against non-residents,” she said, before leading the packed-to-capacity council chamber in a chorus of “Onward Christian Soldiers.”
Minutes later, Collins told reporters that her comments had been misunderstood, and that what she had proposed was a convention a
Sure maybe she didn't take any of the Percoset they gave her. But I guess it depends on the meaning of taken......She could have done a speedball, and in that case it wouldn't have been taken it, it would have been shot up. Or she could have grabbed a rock....in which case she would have smoked, but not taken. Sad, what passes for public officials these days.
This is better than Kay Everett screaming at the top her lungs in Hart Plaza during the Detroit 300 celebration that the tall ships present should be moved off the riverfront because they remind African-Americans of slave ships. Sometimes I wonder why I moved......