Detroit, East Side

I grew up between 7 and 8 mile, Hoover and Shoenner from 1971 until 1985. I went to Pulaski Elementary for 1st, 2nd, and part of 3rd (horrible experience, by the way) and then bussing started for integration reasons and then I got sent to Van Zile and then to Farwell Jr. High ( very good for me in many ways). I then went to Osborne High School for 2 years until the racial wars escalated and my brother and his friend got held up and threatened in the bathroom for being White. As a White person I understand, to some degree, (despite the fact that sociologists teach that a White person could never experience or understand the discrimination that Blacks have felt and experienced in our culture) what it is like to be a minority without power...power to choose to be on certain committees, to be in certain sports, dress certain ways, talk certain ways, and what it is like to be stereotyped. To be made fun of because of my looks, butt and nose and accent and skin color. Sure, in reality Whites had the power in our society in America, but in the Detroit culture as a White kid, I did not know that at all and I just hated being White. I was embarrassed of myself and my heritage. I had learned in school how evil Whites were to Blacks. I learned a lot about Black History. My last 2 years for High School I  attended Harper Woods High School, located in Harper Woods which is just East of Northeast Detroit (Eastland Mall was located there) which was very small and mostly White and that was a complete culture shock for me. I had to learn how to deal with a culture where everyone knew each other, everyone was White, and where I was able to join whatever sport or club I wanted. Over the many years I have healed from my scars of shame and even have some pride in the culture in which I grew up. Detroit has a unique history and one that many do not understand.
Tohru44 Tohru44
41-45, F
4 Responses Aug 8, 2010

grew up 7 1/2 at Hoover in 66-72 when it was 99% white. We never even locked our doors at night.<br />
Osborn was a great school,everyone knew/loved each other. Many,many parties at field in front of school. There was never any trouble. Used to attend concerts at Eastown and The Grande' Ballroom.<br />
No problems. In my opinion a large part of today's problem is the lack of "2 parent families".<br />
People don't monitor their kids,and curfews are not enforced. The single parents are running the streets instead of raising their families. 'BABIES HAVIN' BABIES"

oops did not mean to vote that I did not like the comment -just the opposite

I am with you. The segregation is still there and I find that very disturbing and so sad. I pray for peace for that place.

I grew up in Detroit as well, Grand River and Livernois. What a nightmare and a blessing. My brother sister and I walked home during the riots, the bus driver did not want to die that day due to the white kids on the bus ! I understand. What I learned and live by is racial prejudice is a waste of time and energy. All those people and buildings destroyed how very very sad. I just don't care what color your skin is or what your background is we are all here to share and take care of the planet together. After a recent trip back after many years away I found it to be the same. I wonder what it is about some places that just hold on to that kind of negative energy.<br />