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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Hip-Hop Mayor

Detroit's Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has just been charged with several counts of criminal misconduct and is the headline news story on The Drudge Report; he should at least be proud of that fact. As I was watching the aftermath of Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s announcement, I was pleasantly surprised by the city’s response. After living though what seemed like a lifetime of Coleman Young in office, like many of you I doubted the city’s ability to be objective in looking out for its own self-interest. It would seem that the city and quite frankly all of us who live in the state of Michigan are behind the Prosecutor’s decision to press charges. If you are having a tough time with life right now, these are exciting times to be alive in Michigan, because no matter how bad you think your lot is in life, at least you are not the mayor. Shortly after, the Mayor had his own press-conference; his Lawyer did most of the talking and maintained the complete innocence of his client, our beloved Mayor. Furthermore, the Mayor would remain in office.

Like many of you, I watched these announcements with a group of people. My group was quite diverse; male, female, black, white, Detroiters, non-Detroiters, republicans and Democrats (mostly Democrats). So I took the opportunity to not only observe the comments being made on the television but also the ones being made in the room. The following is what I observed:

1.When the prosecutor announced she would bring charges against the mayor, everyone, without exception, was pleased with the decision and some even did a fist pump (no I was not one of fist ‘pumpers’).
2.While the charges were being read, everyone speculated the mayor would be undaunted by what has happened.
3.One person (not me) remained objective and was able to not pass judgment until a verdict is handed down in court.
4.The Kwame Supporters (and by that I mean those who supported him in the past) became even more staunch in their disapproval of him when it became clear he would not step down.
5.While the mayor’s lawyer spoke, people’s impatience grew, across the board. The audience believed Kwame’s lawyer’s arguments were weak; they were able to see right through the lawyer’s defense, as they saw it.

I thought his lawyer said something that was just flat out wrong; he said, if the mayor were to leave office now, WE would be penalizing him before his day in court, actually he said, we would be penalizing an innocent man. Do you know what this tells me; this tells me the Mayor is not motivated by love for Detroit. In any case, what is my conclusion after observing this very diverse group of people? I honestly don’t know, if the O.J. Simpson trial and decades of Coleman A. Young in office have taught me anything it is that compelling evidence against a popular celebrity does not necessarily mean compelling evidence against that person and that blacks can be rather forgiving of one of their own as long as he plays by the Democrat play book and Kwame knows this play book well, in fact I think he wrote the Foreword. Look for Kwame to play the race card hard and often, I just hope a jury of his peers will be able to see right through this. One thing is sure however, the Mayor is in for a tough battle and I am afraid that the city of Detroit will be one of the casualties. Who knows, perhaps seeing the city suffer, as it will, will spark some empathy within the mayor’s heart to the point where he will go from being the Hip-Hop mayor to more of a traditional Jazz type Mayor. And maybe if God chooses to smile on this city, Kwame Kilpatrick will not be mayor at all and a conservative republican will take his place.

Yes, I dare to dream.



Blogger Reality Check said...

Hip-HOP hurray for Kim Worthy! I was very pleased to hear that the mayor will have his day in court. We all must be held liable for our actions. It is the only way we as a region and a people will grow.

March 26, 2008 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Danian Michael said...

Well Reality Check,

I would argue that bringing back the two parent family is how our region will grow. Kwame Kilpatrick would not be Mayor today if Detroit had strong families, I'm sure of it. But for now, I can settle for holding the Mayor liable for his actions. Baby steps as they say right... baby steps.

March 26, 2008 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Agent of change said...


I think you will find everyone on the same page for this one.

Kwame must leave for Detroit to survive this. But hasn't this been Detroit's problem all along; politicians who only care about themselves. Yes Danian, and also the breakdown of the family.

March 27, 2008 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger A.P. said...

It is truly a mystery to me how that dude got elected, let alone re-elected. I'm not sure how having two parent families would change the voting habits of detroiters. from what I can remember, that was the trend when the forever corrupt and shady coleman young was mayor... in your opinion, does a broken family lead to more liberal voting records? Or voting for someone who is obviously not qualified for the job... I think one of the real problems with this type of stuff is the rockstar/celebrity status that politicians have taken in this country. I mean, why the hell does the city of detroit house it's mayor in a mansion, when the majority of it's population are living at or below the poverty line?

March 27, 2008 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

If I'm reading right, I think the part about the two-parent family was a reference to the region growing. I didn't see any conservative or liberal intent behind that, but I may have missed it. Yes, the breakdown of the family is a catalyst for many social problems. That is NOT to say that fine people haven't been raised in single parent homes--it's just a lot tougher. I believe most statistics back up the fact that children are much better off with both the mother and father present. That all looks like people from across the political spectrum are in agreement that Kwame should resign for the good of Detroit.

March 27, 2008 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Danian Michael said...

Hey A.P.

No my implicit assumption is NOT that people from strong families tend to vote conservative. What I am saying is that a Mayor like Kwame Kilpatrick would be offensive to people with strong moral values and those people tend to come from intact families. That’s all I’m saying.

Do my eyes deceive me or did you and I actually agree on something… interesting.

March 28, 2008 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Danian Michael said...

You are right Gail,

I am setting aside the Liberal vs. Conservative debate for now. Kwame Kilpatrick (D-MI) is not a moral man and certainly does not care about the city he claims to love. All of us here in Michigan are about to take a tour with the Mayor as our tour guide, to plumb the depth of the break down of the family in Detroit, starting with his own.

March 28, 2008 at 1:38 PM  

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