Is it just me, or is it a bit ironic that raising the money to build a RoboCop statue in a cash-strapped city like Detroit works against RoboCop’s prime directives?
Unless of course, the fourth “Classified” directive was actually “Never oppose making bourgie white hipsters snicker.”
In case you have no idea what I’m talking about here’s a link to the whole story.
Technically the RoboCop statue isn’t breaking any laws, but it certainly doesn’t do anything to uphold the law either, so I think this all falls into a bit of gray area in regards to the third prime directive. I’m not sure what Murphy would’ve done because I don’t think that RoboCop made a lot of room for gray areas …
But the whole fiasco clearly violates the public trust and protecting the innocent. The Neighborhood Service Organization (homeless shelters), community health clinics, and so on all could probably make $50,000 go a long way. Or if we needed a statue (who doesn’t love a good statue?), couldn’t we build one to an inspiring Detroiter who actually existed? Viola Liuzzo, Detroit freedom rider and civil rights martyr? Alice Herz, German antiwar activist who immolated herself on Cass Ave. in protest of the Vietnam War?
Okay, but the best response this whole fiasco, in my opinion, isn’t to argue about money and where it could go and so on. I’m not going to say that Detroit doesn’t need money, because that’s obviously not true, but in the scheme of Detroit’s money problems $50,000 isn’t that much.
The real money in the city is wasted by letting robber barons like Matty Moroun sit on huge public interests like the Ambassador Bridge, or crumbling properties like the Depot station. RoboCop, in the spirit of his first prime directive, would have totally got Moroun by now with his Auto-9.
The real money is wasted by things far bigger than a couple hundred hipsters looking for an easy laugh at the city’s expense. What about the federal government (who would be tripping over themselves to help this city if 360 White people were being murdered every year) who wastes money on two wars or tax breaks for the wealthy? Or the city government through corruption, or simply losing money in its Kafkaesque bureaucratic labyrinth?
Detroit doesn’t need any more charity, and that’s not really coming up in this conversation. I mean, Detroit is a city whose policies are shaped, in the fashion of capitalism, around business interests rather than the public’s. Detroit needs mass action, resistance, and revolutionary systemic social change.
RoboCop eventually turned his guns on his corporate overloads, OmniCorp. Maybe there’s something we can learn from him (but that doesn’t mean we need a statue of him!)