It is being reported that Republican Candidate Donald Trumps's team is planning an early September ruins porn tour of Detroit, where retired neurosurgeon and former Republican primary rival Ben Carson would guide him on a tour of the impoverished neighborhoods where he grew up.
It is billed as a 'look what the Democrats did' attempt to woo African-American votes with whom, in some polls, he is seen attracting less than 1% support and carrying the punch line ‘What do you have to lose. Try me’.
This is a savvy forum who knows the fall of Detroit’ as well as its current revival, are very nuanced and more the result of many complicated forces beyond two party politics [including cooperation], such as de-industrialization, oil embargoes, corporate disinvestment, redlining, urban sprawl, diminution of mass transit, a school system ravaged under state management, crime, block-busting, expressways and ease of suburban living.
So what would you put into a tour that tells that story? The wall off Eight Mile that segregated neighborhoods, bits or DSR railway sticking out on Michigan Ave, the Highland Park Model T plant and Ford HQ…?
Does this ruins porn tour risk coming off as dog-whistling 'Look what [African-American] Democrats did?'