The trouble is the black mayors to date have all been Democrats, who are beholden to city unions.
Democrats cannot run Detroit, which has not elected a Republican mayor in more than 50 years, since 1957.
Under Democrats, government grew while free enterprise left.
The largest employers in the city are the school system with 13,750 people on the payroll and the city government with 13,187 employees.
On the other hand, the largest employer that actually pays taxes is General Motors at No. 9 with 4,652 workers.
The problem is not white flight but rather capital flight.
Despite a dwindling tax base, Democrats spent like there was no tomorrow. Considering a mayor serves only a term or two, why worry about tomorrow?
The debt piled up for city pensions until it now tops $9 billion - for 713,777 residents as of the 2010 Census.
That's nearly $13,000 per resident.
Judgment Day arrived.
Mayor Dave Bing did the right thing and decided to forgo another term and get the city into bankruptcy court and out of debt.
West Virginians know the feeling. Their pension obligations are high - roughly $5,000 per resident - but the state is in Year 18 of its 40-year plan to wipe away this debt.
Our public employee pensions are safe. Detroit city workers, not so much.
Surber's email is donsur...@dailymail.com.