"A lot of his comments go unchecked. He seems to, because of his age and experience in politics, not have much of a filter," said Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland on the controversial comments from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson recently published in The New Yorker.
In The New Yorker article titled "Drop Dead, Detroit!", L. Brooks Patterson was asked about Detroit's financial problems. He replied, "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 corn.'"
Patterson is also quoted as saying, "Anytime I talk about Detroit, it will not be positive. Therefore, I'm called a Detroit basher. The truth hurts, you know? Tough (expletive)."
"I just think the comments are just so outrageous," City Council member Sauteel Jenkins told 7 Action News. "It's sad and it adds to the divisiveness that we're trying to get over in this region."
"For me it's more about facilitating conversations around cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity," said Council member R aquel Castaneda-Lopez. " The comment he made specifically to creating a new Indian reservation I think was very inappropriate," said Castaneda-Lopez who thinks Patterson might not have made the comments if he understood the historical significance.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones released the following joint statement: "Brooks Patterson's statements were not what you would expect from a regional partner with a vested interest in a strong and healthy Detroit. We hope he apologizes for this promptly. The Mayor and Council remain focused on our unified efforts to improve the quality of life in Detroit and we are not going to be distracted by negative comments from anyone."