Walter Russell Meade is trying to patiently explain things to the Left again:
Detroit isn’t broke because it has an African American majority; it is broke because for decades its politicians have spent more money than they had, and because Detroit never figured out how to reinvent itself as it lost its industrial core. (Pittsburgh and Chicago are two rust belt cities that have been much more successful than Detroit. Atlanta has done much better under African American leadership than Detroit.) The state government and the feds aren’t refusing to bail it out because so many Detroiters are African American. The state doesn’t have the money to bail it out, and the GOP nationally believes that bailouts enable bad behavior rather than changing it. There is no support for bailouts in predominantly non-Black jurisdictions like New York state and California.
Although I don’t know why he’s bothering: accusations of racism aren’t so much a weapon for the Democrats as it is pretty much the entire arsenal when it comes to maintaining control of urban centers. God knows that they can’t really point to their actual records at supporting liberal urban policy.