In a provocative column for Salon, Andrew O'Hehir contends that the American right has a contempt for the black identity and cultural influence New Orleans and Detroit, and as such, relishes the respective falls of each city--those being Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Detroit's municipal bankruptcy in 2013.
From jazz to Mo-Town soul, O'Hehir describes New Orleans and Detroit as crucibles of cultural influence that were liberating and a little subversive. To reactionary America espoused led by the likes of Sean Hannity, New Orleans and Detroit were a threat. Per O'Hehir, the reactionary and racist American right believed--in some fashion--that "New Orleans and Detroit had to be punished."
O'Hehir's column is linked below.
Andrew O'Hehir; Detroit Haters
"I think the collapse of Detroit makes us look the way we looked after the national humiliation of Katrina: like a bitter, miserly and dying empire where the deluded rich cling to their McMansions and mock the suffering of the poor while everyone else fights over the scraps, and where the slow-acting poison of racism continues to work its bad magic."
---Andrew O'Hehir, Salon