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Limbaugh: Detroit is Bankrupt Because Black People

Wherein Boss Limbaugh begs more advertisers to drop him. via ThinkProgress

LIMBAUGH: You have massive welfare states where citizens are given things left and right in order to buy their votes. You have no opposition whatsoever.

And in the case of the — you throw race into the mix and you bring on Mayor Coleman Young who causes riots in 1967 in Detroit and Mayor Young caused a white flight to suburbia, and Detroit is left with nothing but liberal Democrats running it. It is what it is. And you — any place in this country that has similar circumstances, the same fate is going to happen to them.

To paraphrase: black people came, they rioted, the good wholesome white people fled the city, and now it’s bankrupt.

As ThinkProgress points out, Coleman wasn’t elected until 1973, and the riots were a result of the Civil Rights movement. Taken into context, that probably makes Limbaugh’s remarks even more offensive because he’s suggesting that if it weren’t for the Civil Rights movement, Detroit wouldn’t be bankrupt.

This is to ignore decades of outsourcing and executive malfeasance in the automotive industry that culminated in their near collapse in 2009.

Cumulus Media’s decision to drop Limbaugh from 40 major markets at the end of his current contract is looking better each day.

  • trgahan

    Sadly, Limbaugh is only giving his audience what it wants/needs to hear on a daily basis. They need it to keep convinced that their Conservative White Expectionalistic bubble IS reality. They need this re-enforcement to block out the reality that the business owner’s conned them and their own sacrifices at the altar of conservative “free” markets, which they were assured they’d be rewarded for, were for not.

    No one likes admitting they were played. Least of all middle-aged white guys who were raised to believe they were fundamentally smarter and better than “the other.”

  • JimmyAbra

    yeah, it has nothing to do with years of catering to the auto industry and building big roads to drive those cars to the suburbs and taking the money made in the city with them and no development to urge people to stay or visit. Also to note, Detroit, a city that caters to the auto, was the only northern city in the top 5 least fit in a recent study…also adding places tend to be more fit that rely less on its autos.

  • mrbrink

    No word on whether or not those wealthy white men who crashed the global economy have come back from those massive bailouts and continued corporate welfare. Here’s hoping these self-reliant titans of capitalism make it with all these minorities wrecking the country.

  • muselet

    Well, give Rush Limbaugh credit, he gives the audience what it craves: red meat.

    Think Progress doesn’t report whether Greta van Susteren called Limbaugh on his nonsense. This is surprising since she’s touted by FNC as a real journalist (and I’m king of all Londinium and wear a shiny hat).


  • stacib23


    Detroit is bankrupt because all the layoffs at the auto manufacturers, which was the basis of living for most of their citizens, contributed mightily to their diminished tax base.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    Cumulus Media’s decision to drop Limbaugh from 40 major markets at the end of his current contract is looking better each day.

    But there will more than likely be other stations in those markets – possibly owned by Clear Channel – that will pick up Limbaugh’s show to play in their daily lineups, which will allow that fat bastard to continue spewing his offensive lying bile against the likes of Detroit and Sandra Fluke. Rush Limbaugh is the living form of herpes that’s impossible to get rid of.