Yes, it’s about racism. Cars. And Motown.

A few years ago, when the international airline for whom I was working announced that they would begin service to Detroit, I was appointed as the taskmaster for this new market. In all my years of traveling, including 47 of the 50 states, I had never been to Detroit. As the birthplace of my idol, Diana Ross, and a huge Motown fan, I was excited to see what it would feel like. But I…