Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr Apologizes For ‘Dumb, Lazy’ Comments About Detroit

Source: Tammy Stables Battaglia / Detroit Free Press

Detroit’s emergency manager issued his first public apology Wednesday for calling the city “dumb, lazy, happy and rich.”

Kevyn Orr addressed the issue to the reporting staff at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) for the first time since his comments to Wall Street Journal editorial writer Allysia Finley, which appeared online Aug. 2 and in the Aug. 3 print version of the newspaper.

“I was not as sensitive as perhaps I should have been … to the fact that some people who do not read the Wall Street Journal would have interpreted that in a way that I was not making a figurative statement about complacency but a literal statement about the people. … That was not my intent.

“I would say very clearly to the people of the Detroit, I apologize to the extent anyone was offended. Let’s get by this. I want to remove the emotion,” Orr is heard saying on a video on the station’s website.

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