From The Grio —  For one small black town near Lake Michigan, things are about to change drastically thanks to a controversial law that allows for an “emergency financial manager” to take over a city.

Emergency Manager Joe Harris was appointed by then Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to “correct financial problems” and save the city from complete financial disaster. What Harris did was come to Benton Harbor – an 85.5 percent black town across the river from 89.5 percent white St. Joseph – and completely remove power from all the elected officials in the city.


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Officials can only call a meeting to order, approve minutes, and close a meeting. Any other action must have expressed written consent from the financial manager. In the mean time the future of Benton Harbor as a city is rapidly fading as Harris helps to make way for a new multi-million dollar public/private golf and residential redevelopment project – a project pushed by the Whirlpool company since the 1980s. Whirlpool’s corporate offices are in Benton Harbor.

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  • Domino

    It’s time to riot over in St. Joseph’s.

    • D-Chubb

      Playing by the rules isn’t going to cut it anymore. They’re changing the rules by the minute. When your home is at stake, extreme action is called for.

  • Nadell

    This won’t be the first or last. We witnessed this during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
    But this is happening minus any natural disaster…..my goodness! Absurd!!!

  • jane

    What to do in this situation? I feel it is so important that we own our properties and land, forget a Gucci bag, Gucci and their legacy is good. We are suffering the same fate as our ancestors if we don’t get up, wake up, and get involved.

    So the question still remains what to do?

  • EmpressDivine

    That’s ridiculous but sadly it’s not new. This has been going on since free blacks were able to own land. D-Chubb is right. As soon as you learn the rules they’ll change them to suit their needs.

  • Mogami-san

    Please explain to me.

    The town was going bankrupt right?

    What would have been some better suggestions that would bring in quicker revenue?

    How could the matter been addressed without totally stripping these people of power (even though they weren’t doing so hot)?