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LIVING DOWN TO EXPECTATIONS: The swift rise and predicted fall of America's Hip-hop mayor
The Root (black website) ^ | September 5, 2008 | Natalie Y. Moore

Posted on 09/05/2008 5:55:28 PM PDT by sinanju

During his first term, his nicknames in the local media ran the gamut: "Big Diamond," "thug," "pimp," "player," "Kwame Soprano," "Swami," "his thugness," "ghetto," "gangsta," "inept club crawler," "hustler," "Puffy Kilpatrick." Often it was just plain ole Kwame—the reverent title of "Mayor," "Mr. Mayor" or "Mr. Kilpatrick" chucked aside.

Back then, stereotypical characterizations like that made me cringe and embarrassed for my colleagues in the news media. Now, as Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick announced his resignation and heads to jail, all I can do is just shake my head. He is fulfilling a prophecy the media laid out for him long before the indictment, before the jail stint, before he sent enough sordid text messages to his married chief of staff to fill a bookcase full of Zane novels.

Black politicians of the world, especially the upcoming generation of leadership, please, please! Listen closely: Stop letting the media write your script! This was the message in the first chapter of my book, "Deconstructing Tyrone," a profile of Kilpatrick that doubled as a cautionary media tale.

During my time as a newspaper reporter in Detroit, I watched the city crumble as we focused on the most banal and trivial topics. Kilpatrick's wardrobe alone was enough to deliver a keynote address: There was the 1.5 carat diamond earring that for years flashed from his ear, which at the time was mentioned within the first 10 seconds of any news account of the then-wonder-boy mayor. He definitely oozed that Detroit flair, but drew the line at colored suits. "If I wore a red suit, it'd be on the front page of the papers," he sarcastically explained once. Apparently that did not rule out purple ties, pink handkerchiefs, electric blue stripes or classic Detroit gators...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: corruption; detroit; detroitcell; kilpatrick; kwamekilpatrick
It's most unusual for a black reporter in a black journal to dare to air dirty linen, but I guess Kilpatrick (like Marion Barry of D.C.) simply exhausted everyone who initially wanted to believe in him and I guess his sleazy criminality and Detroit's continuing death-spiral made it impossible to blame it all on The Man. Though I'm willing to bet theblackcommentator.com remains loyal.
1 posted on 09/05/2008 5:55:29 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

One wonders why his mother is never mentioned.
Congress woman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolyn_Cheeks_Kilpatrick


2 posted on 09/05/2008 5:59:39 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Osama and Obama both have friends that have bombed the Pentagon.)
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To: sinanju

Aw yeah, boy.

Surely, the media will bring up the fact that Obama (wisely) distanced himself from “the thug”. They probably won’t remember back to when Obama praised Kilpatrick. I wonder what sorts of headlines we’d be reading if Palin was friends with a white Kilpatrick.

Just kidding. I don’t wonder; I know.


3 posted on 09/05/2008 6:00:38 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: grellis

ping MI


4 posted on 09/05/2008 6:00:55 PM PDT by sionnsar (Obama?Bye-den!|Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|ObamasUnity=EinVolk,EinReich,EinFuhrer)
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To: sinanju

Some great nicknames — “Kwame Soprano”.

This article is, on balance, quite sympathetic to Kwame. The guy is a complete disgrace, but the author spends a lot of time focusing on how he wasn’t media-savvy as to the implications of his position. Hellooooo: Major abuses of power are not mishandling of the press.


5 posted on 09/05/2008 6:02:15 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: sinanju

After he’s done serving time, he’ll be right back as mayor, just like Marion Barry.


6 posted on 09/05/2008 6:03:40 PM PDT by dfwgator (After Saturday, the Miami Hurricanes will be downgraded to a tropical depression)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Darn! That’s lick on me, but you’re right. The writer only accuses him of tastelessness. As if wearing conservative suits and foregoing the bling was all he needed to do differently.


7 posted on 09/05/2008 6:06:18 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Tublecane
They probably won’t remember back to when Obama praised Kilpatrick

The media may not, but a campaign ad is already airing showing a police blotter photo of Kwame the Krook with Obama praising him in the background.

8 posted on 09/05/2008 6:07:40 PM PDT by CharacterCounts
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To: Pearls Before Swine
"Major abuses of power are not mishandling of the press."

I wrote this guy off after we learned that the DPD had included a red Navigator for his wife in their budget.

9 posted on 09/05/2008 6:16:41 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Palin for President! (PUMA))
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To: dfwgator

The b—ch set him up.


10 posted on 09/05/2008 6:19:21 PM PDT by newnhdad
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To: sinanju
The Kwamster made me do something I thought I would never do. Defend Gov. Grandmole. When he blamed Jenny for his problems, come on. She has a job to do under the Michigan Constitution and she was doing it, no mater how long she delayed getting rolling. For a Rat Felon like Kwamie to have the nerve to blame someone who, believe it or not, has stayed squeaky clean, is just wrong.
11 posted on 09/05/2008 6:29:44 PM PDT by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: sinanju

Affirmative Soprano as mayor.. or Mugabe in RAP..


12 posted on 09/05/2008 6:35:25 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: sinanju

Thanks for posting. 3 comments at the source, the first 2 are against the mayor. As Meatloaf says, “2 out of 3 ain’t bad”. The POS felon certainly didn’t let his meat loaf. He stepped on his own appendage. The article does not touch even the tip of this iceberg in Michigan. No sympathy for the devil, here.

Another example of a ‘rat crime syndicate operative. How many examples do you need?


13 posted on 09/05/2008 6:44:21 PM PDT by PGalt (paging Eliot Spitzer)
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To: sinanju
This is only the beginning.

The Police chief already resigned under a huge cloud. The FBI is in the middle of a huge investigation of many Detroit officials and council members. The corruption is wide and deep.

Look for many headlines from Detroit in the coming months.

14 posted on 09/05/2008 7:03:11 PM PDT by CharacterCounts
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To: sinanju

Going to prison is a Resume ENHANCEMENT in the Black Community!! Maybe he can be a Community ORGANIZER there!


15 posted on 09/05/2008 7:17:25 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: sinanju
Despite criticism of Kilpatrick, the author fumbles badly when he claims that Kilpatrick was “fulfilling a prophecy the media laid out for him.”

Oh, so Kilpatrick was yet another poor Black man-child, unable to set his own course and instead fulfilling the bad expectations of others. Somehow, it is always the bad expectations they fulfill, not the good expectations. What rubbish!

No, Kilpatrick was a bad mayor because he was a bad man and found many allies and abettors in the Black community. They have much to answer for in their support for Kilpatrick and other knaves and in their looting and mismanagement of Detroit.

Just like everyone else, Black people are morally responsible for their conduct. For every Kilpatrick, there are hundreds of heroes and solid, responsible, God-fearing Black people who struggle and make their choices every day. They will mark Kilpatrick as bad because of himself, not because of expectations.

16 posted on 09/05/2008 7:22:34 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: CharacterCounts
Look for many headlines from Detroit in the coming months.

How much worse can it get there?

17 posted on 09/05/2008 7:57:00 PM PDT by Terabitten (Proud Hokie, bitterly clinging to his guns and religion...)
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To: sinanju

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SODIFZXIPA


18 posted on 09/05/2008 10:39:01 PM PDT by MeanFreePath
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To: sinanju

this guy is trying to suggest that Kilpatrick’s bad behavior was due to the media, not to Kwame.


19 posted on 09/06/2008 4:46:10 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: Springman; sergeantdave; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; ...

If you would like to be added or dropped from the Michigan ping list, please freepmail me.


20 posted on 09/06/2008 9:47:10 AM PDT by grellis (McCain/PALIN 08)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Thanks grellis.


21 posted on 09/07/2008 12:16:17 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: grellis

The arrogent, race bating, government pimp was born with a sence of entitlement. His parents were arrogent and race bating. They felt they were above the law. So why would not their son. He was raised a thug. The media only exposed what a criminal he really was. Let the civil suits begin. He has a stripper that he was involved with that is dead. He also has a 6 million war chest that the lawyers will go after. This is just the tip of the ice burg for ol’ Kwami.


22 posted on 09/07/2008 11:56:03 AM PDT by 70th Division (If we lose the Republic we have lost it all.)
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To: Terabitten

‘How much worse can it get there?’

Since you posted, the Detroit Mayors Cheif legal advisor has quit, the head of infrastructure construction has been carted off to jail for money kickbacks on city contracts-fleeing and eluding-drunk driving-and motorcycle theft, his son got busted on drug charges, Kilpatrick’s father and mother and John Conyer’s wife who is on city council have been interviewed by the FBI on a payola scam involving a $150 million sludege hauling contract from the water treatment plant, and 3,200 ‘appointed’ positions by the felon mayor are under scrutiny to see if any of them actually work.

But that’s just what happened in the last 36 hours.


23 posted on 09/07/2008 2:02:46 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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