“Detroit is much more than pool halls and barbershops,” Bullock told the Free Press. “There are churches, there are parks, there are universities. It’s disheartening that the political culture in Michigan and much of the country is so subversively and racially charged.”
The comments also drew a sharp response by Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer.
“We have a major Republican figure in Michigan and nationally who is making racist stereotype remarks about voters in Detroit,” Brewer said.
Weiser, an Ann Arbor businessman and Michigan Republican Party chairman from 2009-10, later told the newspaper his comments were “never intended to be racist” and that he didn’t intend to offend anyone by his statements at the tea party meeting in Milford, northwest of Detroit.
He said he believes voter fraud occurred in Detroit during Young’s and Kilpatrick’s time in office and defended his statements.
“I don’t think there’s anything negative about pool halls and barbershops,” Weiser told the newspaper Friday “There are many other places I could have talked about that would have had negative connotations.
“Since when is it a stereotype to talk about the fact people drink beer in pool halls? What do you think they drink? Soda pop?”
He also defended his view of crime in Detroit, a city with one of the highest violent crime rates in the country.
“I challenge you to find anyone who says you can walk around the neighborhoods of Detroit at 6:30 in the morning and not find it dangerous,” Weiser said.