This past Wednesday during their Motown tribute show, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest stated that the Motown Museum was located in the suburbs of Detroit, MI.
Afterwards, Detroiters took to the internet in a furry, voicing their dissappointment with Idol’s lack of research. The question I have is how could a major talent show, doing a tribute to one of the most influential record labels in the history of music make such a careless mistake? The Musuem’s location can be found by doing a simple google search. That’s when it hit me. The media really wants the public to think Detroit is dead. There’s no life. No hope. Nothing. Just wasted land and poor folks with nothing to do. We have to hunt raccoons and sell the meat to survive. Blah blah blah. Well I have news for all of you who think that way…..
DETROIT IS NOT DEAD!!!!
Yes Detroit has it’s economic problems. Yes Detroit is having issues with it’s school system. But so do so many other cities in America. The entire country’s economic and educational systems are in trouble right now. There seems to be a mass exodus of Detroit residents moving to neighboring suburbs and other cities. However, for the 237,493 of us that have left within the last 10 years, there are still 713,777 residents that have stayed. Sure that may be a low number by Detroit standards, but those are still people working, teaching, learning, living in Detroit.
You don’t even live in Detroit anymore, so how can you talk?
No I don’t live in Detroit anymore. Nor did I leave because I was fed up with Detroit. I didn’t leave because I couldn’t find a job. I left the job I had in Detroit to move to NY. I’ve been planning to move to NY since I was 9 years old. So Detroit could be the richest city in the country and I’d still be in New York. With that said, let me make something clear:
YOU WILL NEVER HEAR ME DISOWN MY CITY.
Anyone who knows me personally knows I’m a proud Detroiter. I may not be too happy with the way things are, but I’ll never turn my back on it. My family and friends are in Detroit. My upbringing in Detroit made it possible for me to move to NY and survive. And that’s what Detroiter are. Survivors.
Detroit is full of young entrepreneurs, artists, and growing minds who are working to continue to better Detroit. That’s who is going to have to fix Detroit. The Detroiters.
So when another news segment comes on talking about how Detroit is a lifeless, war-torn desert of death, come back to this post and look at the pictures below. This is Detroit: