Limbaugh: Detroit's 1st Black Mayor Started Decline

Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh said the city's financial decline started in the 1960s, after former Mayor Coleman Young caused riots and forced whites to flee to the suburbs. 

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Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh is engaging in more crazy talk. During an appearance Tuesday on Fox News' On the Record With Greta Van Susteren, he attributed Detroit's decline to the city's first black mayor, Coleman Young, according to Think Progress. He accused Young of starting riots in 1967, which forced whites to flee to suburbia.

Economists are attributing Detroit's recent bankruptcy filing to problems facing the entire Rust Belt region: a shrinking tax base, high health and pension costs, sprawl, and general dysfunction. But on Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh added another cause to the long list of factors that have contributed to the city's downfall: black people.

During an appearance on Fox News' On The Record with Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday, Limbaugh claimed that "unchecked" Democratic rule "since the last Republican mayor [in] 1957″ created a lazy and bloated culture of out-of-control spending and corruption.

"You've had that — that town has been a petri dish of everything the Democrat Party stands for, everything the Democrat Party loves — massive unions, massive pensions, pay people pensions and health care long after they've stopped working," he said, before arguing that the city's first black mayor exacerbated the city's spending and sparked racial riots that chased white people into the suburbs:

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.

Read more at Think Progress.

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