Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Support Kilpatrick? Chile, Please

I knew this was going to happen. As soon as text-happy Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was arraigned, the "support our brother" crowd would materialize and rally around him. I just didn't expect it to happen in one of my university alumni forums.

OK. I did.

While there were only 15 official supporters when I checked, the reasons given for supporting Kilpatrick strained logic to the breaking point: No one is perfect. Don't we all have dirty laundry? Only God can judge.

Oh, please. Technically, the rap against him falls into the "alleged" category until the court has its say. But the case against him is damning, and it paints a picture of an arrogant, vindictive toolbag who went to great lengths to hide his tomfoolery. Yeah, nobody's perfect, but few of us have the power to cover our arses using millions in taxpayer dollars. And you know what? I don't care that he's a fellow alum, a so-called role model in public office, whatever. Wouldn't it be a better idea to "support" the family he has so greatly humiliated? Or the citizens of Detroit who are suffering through this tawdry sideshow?

I worked at three different newspapers, and each time a high-profile, trifling black man set off a scandal, he had supporters who blamed the media instead of decrying the activity that got our attention. I remember being at a meeting for a private organization I used to belong to, and one woman suggested that we show up at a county commission meeting to applaud the return of a scandal-ridden official because he was "family." Applaud! Thank God the response was crickets chirping.

There are pea-brained racists who use these examples to denigrate black people, but I don't give a crap about them. They are idiots. What I really want to know is why otherwise lucid people feel the need to support the likes of Kilpatrick — let alone the R. Kellys, Michael Vicks and Mike Tysons of the world.


Christina said...

Only God can judge? Way to miss the point. That just infuriates me. First thing that jumps to mind -- is there a support group for his wife, a fellow alum, who is being put through a hell I can't even imagine because she had the misfortune to marry a dick? How about a support group for his young children, who surely are being damaged by this as well? Hmm, can't wait to see if that one starts up.

The man isn't being prosecuted because he likes to have sex, a LOT of sex, with a woman who isn't his wife. And then text about it. ON CITY-ISSUED BLACKBERRIES. He's being prosecuted because he perjured himself. And he 2. misspent city money to try to cover his tracks when he 3. retaliated against some state troopers who threatened to expose him.

I don't care who KK sleeps with. And yes, a court will sort this all out. But when it comes to tax money and a general feeling that the city and its funds are yours to play with? Not cool, man.

I feel so, so sorry for his wife.

EDP said...

You took the words right out of my mouth. The idea of supporting this moron who betrayed the public trust makes me want to throw things.

Sghoul said...

Just to be a dick, I will throw out the race card and say things that will make me look like a racist douche.

All this call for support is solely based on race. If this guy was white, people would be calling for him to be set on fire (see NYC whore monger for futher details).

As you pointed out with other examples, the black "community" will prop up just about anyone, and support them for no reason at all.