The city has unemployment, areas destroy by the rebellion of 1967, and the problems go on. The city officials talk, argue, and threaten each other. After watching the third video in my research Deforce, I realize all the bickering deteriorate the city's future. The documentary details the demise of Detroit. I don't understand then or now why no one could have stopped the corruption and the greed. One Death At A Time (work in progress novel) takes place in 1980's and 1990's when the city's isolation leaded to more political corruption.
The mayoral race between Mayor Young and his opponent Barrow got ugly. Barrow's commercial had a child looking both ways come off his porch to go to school with a bulletproof vest. As a young woman, I thought about wearing one but I took to praying nightly. My family never believed the shootings were that serious so I knew I wouldn't be getting a vest? The commercial made me realize people knew the crime against the youth was on a tragic rise. I grew tired and angry by the increase crime in Detroit communities. I strive to make a positive impact and impression on young people. I never found out or understood why Detroit has rampant corruption. Why it couldn't be stop for Detroit to get back on track?
I would ask myself - Where am I going? I answer finish high school, finish college, and get a job. Where is Detroit going? No easy answer came to my mind.
What do I believe? I can do anything but I have to work at it. What can the people do who want to rebuild Detroit? There's endless possibilities but they won't always materialize for the good of all.
One Death At A Time Update
I have made it to Chapter 13 of 20. I want to finish the first draft and move to the rewrite by December. I feel so close yet I got to keep up a good pace to bring this novel to a close. I'm doing Camp NaNWriMo for July maybe I can write the last seven chapters this month.