There are two American cities with a majority black population: Detroit and Memphis. The Active Times, an internet new magazine, classified Detroit as a city to “Never Visit Alone.” [See: Detroit listed as a city to “Never visit alone”, Fox 2 Detroit, May 17, 2016]:
Would you categorize Detroit as being one of the most deadly cities in the country? What about the entire world?
The Active Times just named the city as the second of five you should (and we’re quoting, here) “never visit alone” based on the city’s crime rate.
The list was built in response to a similar list about the most incredible trips for solo travelers and it comes with this warning (emphasis ours):
If you dare to travel to these cities, make sure you are with someone else. It’s always better to have two sets of eyes looking out. This offers increased safety and protection against the unknown.
As The Active Times explores the most dangerous cities to travel alone, it listed Mexico City as being number one based on kidnapping, robberies and assaults. In fact, it went so far as stating that the “U.S. Department of State issued a warning about traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats and safety.”
Number two on the list? Detroit.
The Active Times writes “Although Detroit is trying to make a comeback; it is still considered one of the most dangerous cities. Robberies, sexual assaults, murders, break-ins and drugs are controlling the streets.”
From there, they cited stats from one precinct in Detroit where homicides went from 52 in 2012, 43 in 2013, 44 in 2014, and 46 in 2015. There are 12 precincts in Detroit and homicides were all from the 9th precinct.
Then the list moved on. Also on the list are Lima, Peru, and New Delhi, India, with Memphis, Tennessee rounding out the five cities.
83 percent black Detroit and 65 percent black Memphis, two of the world’s most dangerous cities.
We get it but what can and what should be done to help the good people of Detroit? They are Americans. No one has any obligation or duty to to anything about the problems of Detroit. If you don’t want to help, OK but at least think about what can be done.
Welfare certainly helps people who are down on their luck or who want a good job with good benefits. That means commerce. Not everyone can manage a business. There are people however who can. Detroit can give a $5,000 tax break to every genuinely new business that is working beginning in it’s third year.
How about a $5,000 reward to anyone who begins a new job and stays for say 5 years? Maybe give a reward to students who complete high school with a “C” or better average? Sure, a high school diploma doesn’t guarantee success in life but it’s the best way to get at least some qualifications to be successful.
Here’s another idea. Have a visiting team of people start small businesses and sell them to qualified locals who can’t start a business but can run one.
Start thinking. Detroit shouldn’t be abandoned, just be sure you go there with at least one other person. You have to take care of yourself.