06/28/2012 10:32 am ET Updated Aug 28, 2012

Detroit's Color Problem Is Lack Of Green, Not Lack Of Whites

Attorney and firebrand Geoffrey Fieger waded full bore into the issues of race this week, raising eyebrows with both an ad that was part commercial/part racism PSA and with comments to radio talk-show host Charlie Langton that Detroit "really has to attract young white people...It can't be a black city."

Fieger also, yet again, dangled the possibility of a mayoral run and slammed purported mayoral candidate Mike Duggan as a "closet Republican" who's probably not the right white person to try and run for the top job in a predominantly black city.

While I can appreciate Fieger's willingness to speak more frankly about race than Duggan--a Livonia transplant who essentially tried to pretend that he didn't even know he was white last time the topic came up--I'm nonetheless curious about this notion that one of Detroit's top priorities should be to get white people to move back and to figure out a way to install a white man in the Manoogian.

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