Dave Bing, Detroit’s mayor, said last week that he opposes the appointment of an emergency manager and that he will challenge the governor’s move.

Shortly after Orr was named, local clergy and leaders of advocacy groups held a protest rally in downtown Detroit. And the criticism of the governor’s decision and of Orr was strong.

“While I am saddened, I am also angry for we are being falsely oppressed based upon a phony, faux, non-existent fiscal emergency rooted in an unjust law which is nothing short of a Jim Crow-esque abuse of law,” said Tom Barrow, a mayoral candidate and president of Citizens for Detroit’s Future, speaking to the crowd.

The Rev. Charles Williams II, the president of the Michigan branch of the National Action Network, spoke specifically about Orr. “We’re not worried about no Kevyn Orr,” he said to the gathering, “Uncle Toms ain’t nothing new. We’ve had Uncle Toms for a long time.”

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