Somebody Has To Say It…

August 8, 2008

Change We’d Better Believe In

Mayor Corey Booker (Newark), Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL), Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (Detroit), Senator Barack Obama (The Man Who Would Be POTUS)

From top left (clockwise): Mayor Corey Booker (Newark), Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL), Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (Detroit), Senator Barack Obama (The Man Who Would Be POTUS)


One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others,
By the time I finish my song?

Ah, the sweet, innocent days of childhood, when we would run and play and not be concerned with grown folks’ problems. Every now and then – and I know I’m not the only one– I long to return to the time when my mistakes resulted in a loving butt whoopin’, and not the lead story on CNN. Of course, I know I can’t go back to those days, and even though I’m not really, really high profile, like, say, mayor of the 11th largest city in the United States of America, I realized long ago that to whom much is given, much is required. Wait– let’s put that a different way: “If you don’t want me to go there, don’t take me there.”

Kwame, Kwame, Kwame…what in the deepest corner of Hades is wrong with you? Eight  Nine Jeez, 10 felony counts! Your Wiki entry reads like something from a Death Row Records wannabe, but then, maybe that’s part of the problem. You come from distinguished political genes, and from all I’ve seen and read, have had the potential for an extraordinary career in public service. Given your pedigree and parents’ connections, “Senator Kwame Kilpatrick (D-MI)” was well within the realm of possibility. But, and maybe I’m being superficial here, when I look at your pictures, something is amiss. I know, clothes don’t make the man, but let’s deal with reality here– in this American game, especially the variation they call politics, image is everything. If you want to be the next CEO of DefJam, then slap on the cream-colored double-breasted zoot suit with the white Fedora and have at it. But if you want to be the next force within American politics, you should look like you’re about business, and not like a four letter word that rhymes with limp. 

When you know better, you do better, and I refuse to believe that you don’t know better. Now at least one person is going to say “Why should he have to change his ways just to play their game?” Well, there’s your answer– it’s not our game, and if we want to have any chance at winning, we’d better learn how to play it better than them, but with a whole lot less margin for error.  Your substance may be there, but perspective is at least 110% of reality– You may love your twists, you may not want to cut your twists, but trust me on this– when you don’t get that job you know you’re qualified for, bro’, it’s because of the twists. I wrote a line in a song a couple of weeks ago that said “I know you think this life ain’t fair, but cryin’ never made nobody care.” Catch my drift? Good…Now go cut your hair and start acting like a grown man.

Kwame, when all is said and done, I sincerely hope you can prove your innocence. But no matter what, it would behoove the rest of us to pay close attention to this lesson, and remember: The most powerful revolutions happen from inside the organization.



  1. Let’s be honest…Kwame isn’t innocent. To think so would be wishful thinking. He would have to think that everybody (the media, The Man, etc) is out to get him because he’s a black man that’s trying to do something. The problem is that he hasn’t. If you look at his balance sheet as mayor, his liabilities far outweigh his assets. It’s bad enough that there was the sex-text scandal. It’s bad enough that he tried to pull a fast one on City Council. It’s bad enough that he lied about his trip to Windsor. It’s bad enough when he thought that he could step up on a sheriff’s deputy/detective. How many more bad things does he have to do until people realize the depths of his stupidity?
    I was on board with what he had to say when Kilpatrick was first elected. As I kept hearing about the allegations, it started to make me wonder. Allegations are only fact after backed up by proof. However, as time passed, more and more allegations started coming out. I subscribe to the belief that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. If you look at his record with the truth since the initial allegations started coming out, he started denying, denying, denying. The problem is that not only was Kilpatrick lying but, little by little, the lies started unraveling. As media scrutiny increased on him, the video began a record through which his actions and statements could be compared. As we now see, they’re not matching up anymore. When lies multiply and increased in complexity, eventually they catch up to the liar.
    If Kilpatrick loves Detroit half as much as he claims, then he should step down. The City, I feel, is much more divided than it was before he entered office. Time and time again, he’s used racially divisive language in an attempt to hold on to his constituency. Also, residents have engaged in another exodus since opportunities are elsewhere than in the City. In addition, Kilpatrick has probably lost his integrity and influence. In lying about the meeting in Windsor, he’s probably severely damaged our relationship with one of our most important neighbors. Lastly, Kilpatrick cannot realistically be a liaison as a Democrat. Even Obama’s distanced himself from Kilpatrick. What does that tell you? What else needs to happen.

    Jose A. Rodriguez

    Comment by adlv2006 — August 9, 2008 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  2. Sounds like you’re from Detroit, so I really appreciate your perspective. Since I’m not there, I could only go by what’s reported, but I agree with you– it just doesn’t look good. Seems like every week there’s another allegation, and you’re right in that where’s there’s smoke, there’s usually a big old roarin’ fire just waiting to blow up. Maybe he’ll squeak through this, but…

    I hope things turn around for you guys up there, and maybe he will see that he’s doing more harm than good and will just step down.

    Appreciate your comments.

    Comment by Rob — August 9, 2008 @ 10:26 am | Reply

  3. The most powerful revolutions happen from inside the organization.

    I happen to have ran across this blog because a friend of mine sent me the link. However, the comment above is the realist thing I have ever read.

    As a people we sit and talk about the white man holding us down the black man’s stuggle, the black woman’s burden. All that is fine, heard it a hundred times.

    Real change starts from one, understanding the game you are playing, and two changing you strategy to exact what you want from the game, to be free to eventually move in a direction that is true to your soul…….

    I am not interested in what is wrong, I am interested in how to use what i have to get what i need to stop playing “the game” all together.

    Real freedom is choice.

    -Venus Nile

    Comment by VenusNile — August 17, 2008 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks for the visit and the comments, Venus Nile. I hope more people get that message, because it frustrates me to see so many brothers and sisters fighting from the outside, and not understanding that until you learn to play the game (and understand the rules of the game) the chips are stacked too high against you. Like you said, once you truly understand what you’re dealing with, then you can “move in a direction that’s true to your soul.”

    Like I said, I appreciate your input, and please tell another friend about the site.

    Comment by rricejr — August 17, 2008 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

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