"Before we let you take over our city we will burn it down first,"
March 27, 2012 1:53 AM Subscribe
Emotions ran high
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(video) as city and state leaders met to work out a deal
to address Detroit's looming budget crisis
. The threat of state imposition of an emergency financial manager
has some residents
fearful of the ulterior motives
of state officials:Activist minister Malik Shabazz said black cities are under attack all over the state.
"We understand we have financial difficulties," Shabazz said. "Give us the help we want, need and deserve, not the help you want to impose on us. We don't want an emergency manager or a consent decree. This is white supremacy and we will fight you.
"Before we let you take over our city we will burn it down first," Shabazz said.
Ed McNeil, chief negotiator for AFSCME Council 25, said people have sacrificed and fought hard to bring the city back.
"There's no kind of way in this world you should be taking anything from Detroit and its residents," McNeil said. "We intend to keep it our city. We intend to work in our city and progressing for our city."