Oakland County CEO L. Brooks Patterson has again proven he is not just a wrinkly old potato, but a politician that lives on a steady diet of hatred and fear of Detroit. Here's a new Patterson quote, recorded by the New Yorker's Paige Williams while being shown around Oakland County ("his extended empire") in a chartered minivan:
"I made a prediction a long time ago, and it's come to pass. I said, 'What we're gonna do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it, and then throw in the blankets and the corn.' " How many demographics can one man offend in a single quote? We'll soon find out. That "prediction" Brooks refers to is likely another offensive quote made decades ago. In the 1970s, as county prosecutor, Brooks compared Detroit residents under then-Mayor Coleman Young to "Indians on the reservation—those who can will leave Detroit. Those who can't will get blankets and food from the government man in the city." Head over to the Free Press for more on Brooks' recent word vomit, including his fear of Detroit gas stations.
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