In 1961, Jerome Cavanaugh, a Democrat, was elected Mayor.
ushered in a new kind of politics.
was white but got elected by promising to give Detroit's African American population the civil rights they deserved.
didn't stop there.
Seeing the political advantage to serve this community's interests, he
did all he
could to bring government benefits and government spending to Detroit's black community.
brought socialism to Detroit.
Having served on President Johnson's "Model Cities" task force, he
created a program to turn a nine square mile section of the city with 134,000 residents into a "Model City".
To help finance the effort, Cavanagh pushed a new tax through the State Legislature and a "commuter tax" on city workers.
promised the mostly poor and black residents of the Model City area that the rich would pay for all these benefits.
bought their votes with taxes they didn't have to pay.