There’s an old joke that asks, what’s the difference between an optimist, a pessimist and a Detroiter?
Well, the optimist, of course, sees the glass half full; the pessimist, half empty.
And the Detroiter asks: Who stole my glass?
Years ago, I found it interesting to tell that joke to different groups, suburbanites and city dwellers, and ask what it meant.
Detroiters, most of whom were black, often said it referred to the business interests who used the city up, then took their jobs and factories and left. White suburbanites, on the other hand, would say it referred to the corrupt black politicians who fleeced their own people.
That, or to crime in general, by which they meant black crime.