"Sending a Strong Message"
Alexis Wiley: Did any of the customers get any notice that the power was going to go out?
Gary Brown (smiling): We did start calling our customers, you know, prior to taking them down and asking them to comply and turn off the air conditioners, uh, but they weren’t responding as fast as would have liked them to and so we had to send a strong message by turning the power off.
Video can be seen here.
Most people can understand the necessity of taking certain power customers offline in order to prevent the whole grid from collapsing. What’s infuriated many people in Detroit is that this was deliberately done without warning. It should be noted that those who were sent “the message” include people trapped in elevators and a heavily pregnant woman on an upper floor who was unable to walk down and had to be rescued by the fire department.
Perhaps what’s most galling is the cavalier attitude towards the people of Detroit exhibited by this man, who was not elected, who was foisted upon the city by the governor.
With beings unable to wholly grasp language – like animals and very young children – one “sends a strong message.” One communicates with rational adults. And Brown plainly does not regard the people of Detroit as rational adults.
I think Detroit citizens have good reason to be profoundly, deeply angry about this.