Jack Armstorng Waaaaay Offbase!

So call me mister oversensitive, but Jack Armstrong really just crossed the line and I have to wonder if any of the Raptor/NBA players caught wind of it, lots of these guys have a special place in their hearts for D-town.

Following in the footsteps of Bob McCowan’s Obama won because he is black, Armstrong, who along with co-host Doug MacLean were talking to Toronto Scribe Steve Simmons about Brian Burke and youth hockey and hitting etc, made a blatantly offensive remark.

Simmons was telling the guys how he was at a hockey tournament in Detroit, to which Armstorng asked, “Did any of the players have guns with them?”

Listen, there are lots of problems in Detroit, the least of which right now is crime. The last thing that city needs is a comment like this from someone who probably has never been to Detroit. Auburn Hills, the Cities of Troy and Birmingham don’t count as Detroit Jack. I have lots of friends in Michigan, none of which have ever seen a gun. I lived in the greater Detroit area for nearly 7 years and never had one criminal incident. Only 2 nights ago, in Toronto my wife’s car was broken into and her laptop was stolen! If you want to find trouble in Detroit you can find it. If you want to find it here too, I can promise you that is no problem easier.

Do yourself a favor Jack, think a little bit before making these types of comments, they are patently offensive and way off base.

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November 12, 2008 7:26 pm

Hey, I love your website and your daily commentary but you may be a little too sensitive about the Detroit comment. I previously worked for Chrysler and was down to Detroit on numerous occassions for work and visiting relatives. There are some great areas but also some scary places. I agree with you that Detroit is now suffering through some terrible times and feeling the effects of the manufacturing slump.

November 13, 2008 12:16 am

Thanks Budfan. Appreciate the feedback. I don’t disagree with you, but there are some pretty scary places in Toronto too. When people talk about Toronto they don’t ask if a gun was pulled on them. The gun/violence point is nothing more then a stereotype. For someone like Armstrong (whom if you read my stuff you know I happen to review favorably) is irresponsible. The old adage says, it’s one thing to think it, another to say it……

November 13, 2008 11:57 am

sometime stereotypes exist for a reason – ie because it’s actually a fact. detroit is one of the most dangerous cities in north america. according to this table it has the highest violent crime and murder rates….


it’s still an offside thing for him to say though, no matter how true it is.

November 13, 2008 4:59 pm

I’m with budfan. Comparing crime in Detroit versus crime in any major Canadian city is ludicrous. They’re not on the same level.

Armstrong’s remark is a tired, lame stereotype couched as a joke, but it’s not a reach by any means.

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