L. Brooks Patterson is one of the conservative good old boys here in Michigan. He’s been the highest ranking official in Oakland County, which includes many of the wealthy suburbs of Detroit, for 20 years. In a New Yorker profile he unleashes his hatred for Detroit and, apparently, for Native Americans.
In a recent interview for a profile by The New Yorker titled “Drop Dead, Detroit!” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson admitted, “Anytime I talk about Detroit, it will not be positive. Therefore, I’m called a Detroit basher. The truth hurts, you know? Tough sh*t.”
Patterson recalled telling his children to “get in and get out” if they needed to go to Detroit.
“And, before you go to Detroit, you get your gas out here. You do not, do not, under any circumstances, stop in Detroit at a gas station! That’s just a call for a carjacking,” he said.
Patterson also proposed a fix to Detroit’s financial problems: Turn the city into a reservation for Native Americans.
“I made a prediction a long time ago, and it’s come to pass. I said, ‘What we’re gonna do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it, and then throw in the blankets and the corn.’”
So here we have a guy boldly declaring how strong he is in his hatred of Detroit and saying “tough shit” to anyone who doesn’t like it, along with advocating turning the city into a concentration camp for Native Americans. And then he does this:
After Detroit officials and activists reacted with outrage, Patterson’s office released a statement accusing The New Yorker of having an “agenda.”
“It is clear Paige Williams had an agenda when she interviewed County Executive Patterson,” the statement said. “She cast him in a false light in order to fit her preconceived and outdated notions about the region.”
Notice that he doesn’t say that she misquoted him. Notice that his “I don’t give a damn who doesn’t like what I say” bravado has suddenly changed to pathetic whining and misdirection. And then there’s the inevitable notpology:
Facing a firestorm of criticism, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said Tuesday he won’t apologize for negative comments he made about Detroit in a magazine article, instead expressing “regret” over the uproar.
“I regret that something I said 30 years ago is causing such consternation today,” Patterson said in a statement.
But it isn’t something you said 30 years ago. You repeated that statement during this interview saying that your prediction is coming true. I hope this finally forces this asshole to slink in disgrace out of office and into the retirement home.