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Kwame Kilpatrick's State of the City

Detroit's State of the City Includes N-Word and Wild Applause

Kwame Kilpatrick. Tell it. I've loved this mayor since I first saw him and his aggressive pinstripes on Real Time with Bill Maher. His State of the City address slammed into my radar given that it hooks into both of the current huge controversies: the Spitzer sex-scandal and the Ferraro race-issue. I daresay I've found the absolute appropriate response to both — and best of all, it's a political figure speaking powerfully "off-teleprompter." This is the goods.

He speech addressed responses he's gotten to his own scandal. He knew he was going for it too, given the preface, "And finally tonight, and this may be the most talked about part of the speech after laying out all of that. But I feel that I cannot leave this auditorium with my wife and my sons sitting there without addressing this issue."

In the past 30 days, I've been called a n----- more than any time in my entire life. . . This unethical, illegal lynch-mob mentality has to stop.

Judging from the forte reaction to his, off-the-cuff passionate riff of rhetoric, he hit the exact right chord. Detroit still loves him.

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x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
<i>"The Wayne County Prosecuter is trying to decide whether or not she wants to charge him with anything. I personally think this man is a thug, a murderer and a moron. I don't think he gives a damn about the city, he just cares about the perks. People have been fired, have disappeared and now he's pretending that this is about race? Please. Which is sad because he's got good ideas. If he had any integrity and got rid of the "us vs. them" mentality, he probably could do some good. Oh, well."</i>A-freaking-men.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
"The Wayne County Prosecuter is trying to decide whether or not she wants to charge him with anything. I personally think this man is a thug, a murderer and a moron. I don't think he gives a damn about the city, he just cares about the perks. People have been fired, have disappeared and now he's pretending that this is about race? Please. Which is sad because he's got good ideas. If he had any integrity and got rid of the "us vs. them" mentality, he probably could do some good. Oh, well." A-freaking-men.
detroitwhat detroitwhat 8 years
This guy makes me so mad and listening to the end of this speech just makes my blood boil. He is very smart and very influential. It's just too bad that his ability to manipulate people and the situation is contributing to more of a downfall of Detroit. By bringing the n-word into his speech he has put a national spotlight on Detroit - it was in newsweek. This scandal has been in the works for years and came blows a few months ago with the release of the text messages, but now that he put a n-spin on the situation now it gets national attention. Detroit needs the spotlight because it is an amazing city with tons of potential, unfortunetly because of this mayor's actions the city is known for negative connotations. What business will want to invest in Detroit now? And for people that think he is doing (or did) a good job before this scandal they are mistaken. Detroit is rated the most dangerous in the nation - this is his fault. He is the one that fired dozens of police officers due to budgetary cutbacks, yet he'll spend 9 million of the city's money to cover his own infidelities and perjury? Not to mention he personally ruined the repution and the lives of the whistle-blower police officers when he fired them and publicly humilated them. He's disgusting!
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 8 years
The Wayne County Prosecuter is trying to decide whether or not she wants to charge him with anything. I personally think this man is a thug, a murderer and a moron. I don't think he gives a damn about the city, he just cares about the perks. People have been fired, have disappeared and now he's pretending that this is about race? Please. Which is sad because he's got good ideas. If he had any integrity and got rid of the "us vs. them" mentality, he probably could do some good. Oh, well.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 8 years
step down already
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 8 years
step down already
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Strawberry! HA! Classic!If all this is going down why hasnt this guy been indicted and impeached (can you impeach a mayor?)? or is that in the process?
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Strawberry! HA! Classic! If all this is going down why hasnt this guy been indicted and impeached (can you impeach a mayor?)? or is that in the process?
zeze zeze 8 years
Cabaker:Here is the whole shebang! (Detroit Free Press)http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=999980124052&template=theme&theme=kilpatrick012008The gist of it: Stripper parties in the mayor's mansion, Stripper is beaten or something and then disappears, cops look into the matter, cops are fired, cops uncover the mayor's affair with his high school friend and chief of staff who is married to another close friend at the time - they also uncover he used city funds for his parties, cars, and affair vacation stops. Cops agree to settle for 200,000 - mayor says no, he will not allow the injustice to himself or the his chief of staff - his words "it's sad that every woman who works in a high position is called a whore" and follows with "I would never do this, I respect women, my mother is a senator, my aunt was [something political] I grew up around strong women." Mayor also testifies (as did his chief of staff who rolled her eyes a few times while speaking) that no affair, cops were not fired by them and not because of their investigation, and no party ever happened. Case continues, the cops uncover something else, we did not know what at the time, the mayor rushes to settle for NINE MILLION between both folks. Months later the free press uncovers TEXT MESSAGES ON CITY PAGERS between the mayor and the chief of staff - in the messages there is proof of the affair, the firing of the cops by the mayor, the laughter at not being caught, and more info on how he is giving friends inside jobs (ala Haliburton) in city construction work. The stripper story (whose name is strawberry btw) is still unfolding. All that said, he was a pretty good mayor for the city before this case. He actually did a lot of good before spending 9mil to cover up his mistakes. Part of the downtown area are actually livable and walkable now, but all that doesn't matter when you lose the trust of everyone around you.
zeze zeze 8 years
Cabaker: Here is the whole shebang! (Detroit Free Press) http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=999980124052&template=theme&theme=kilpatrick012008 The gist of it: Stripper parties in the mayor's mansion, Stripper is beaten or something and then disappears, cops look into the matter, cops are fired, cops uncover the mayor's affair with his high school friend and chief of staff who is married to another close friend at the time - they also uncover he used city funds for his parties, cars, and affair vacation stops. Cops agree to settle for 200,000 - mayor says no, he will not allow the injustice to himself or the his chief of staff - his words "it's sad that every woman who works in a high position is called a whore" and follows with "I would never do this, I respect women, my mother is a senator, my aunt was [something political] I grew up around strong women." Mayor also testifies (as did his chief of staff who rolled her eyes a few times while speaking) that no affair, cops were not fired by them and not because of their investigation, and no party ever happened. Case continues, the cops uncover something else, we did not know what at the time, the mayor rushes to settle for NINE MILLION between both folks. Months later the free press uncovers TEXT MESSAGES ON CITY PAGERS between the mayor and the chief of staff - in the messages there is proof of the affair, the firing of the cops by the mayor, the laughter at not being caught, and more info on how he is giving friends inside jobs (ala Haliburton) in city construction work. The stripper story (whose name is strawberry btw) is still unfolding. All that said, he was a pretty good mayor for the city before this case. He actually did a lot of good before spending 9mil to cover up his mistakes. Part of the downtown area are actually livable and walkable now, but all that doesn't matter when you lose the trust of everyone around you.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
I agree, Gemma.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
I agree, Gemma.
Gemma09 Gemma09 8 years
Who cares that he cheated? I don't. But but he's just trying to divert attention from the fact that he stole 9 million dollars from the state and was responsible for having two police men fired. He SHOULD be fired-not for his cheating but for purgery.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Wow I've never even heard of this guy! Everyone seems to have pretty strong opinions about him though... have any of these claims been proven true or is he just being investigated?Any good sources to learn more about him?
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Wow I've never even heard of this guy! Everyone seems to have pretty strong opinions about him though... have any of these claims been proven true or is he just being investigated? Any good sources to learn more about him?
detroitwhat detroitwhat 8 years
He hand picked the audience and that is why you hear a bunch of cheering. Member of the city council boycotted this speech because he is so despicable. Plus, the scandal has nothing to do with race his comment regarding race was out of left field. The scandal is all about stealing the city's money, purgery and ego. His family is not innocent either. His extended family have been appointed to lead positions all over the city and there is evidence to rigging city bids. This guy is a thug major and is destroying the city. I would never applaud a single thing that he does.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
I think he's a total creep, he's scary just like spitzer is scary.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
It's been on the news so much here.In fact, it's on right now.I might just be really sick of it, lol.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
It's been on the news so much here. In fact, it's on right now. I might just be really sick of it, lol.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Wow, that's just... amazing. Yeah, blame the media for your own fuckups, dude. I don't know how many of you watched the clip, but when he says "I humbly ask..." over and over all I could think was: There is absolutely nothing humble about this guy. "This unethical, illegal lynch-mob mentality has to stop."Puhlease. As if he's the victim. And as if it's about race! If it were about race we'd give more of a shit about him than we do about Spitzer. And it's clearly the other way around.He needs to shut his whiny, inauthentic piehole.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Wow, that's just... amazing. Yeah, blame the media for your own fuckups, dude. I don't know how many of you watched the clip, but when he says "I humbly ask..." over and over all I could think was: There is absolutely nothing humble about this guy. "This unethical, illegal lynch-mob mentality has to stop." Puhlease. As if he's the victim. And as if it's about race! If it were about race we'd give more of a shit about him than we do about Spitzer. And it's clearly the other way around. He needs to shut his whiny, inauthentic piehole.
amers230 amers230 8 years
yeah it's not that he cheated on his wife, it's that while he was on trial for firing police officers without cause, (a trial that cost the city of Detroit -not exactly a wealthy city to begin with- a ton of money) he LIED about it. imo he should be go to jail for perjury. i liked this guy when he was first elected but now i think he's just a waste of space.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
He's also used tax dollars to fund various vacations, lmao.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
I kinda think it's funny he played the race card, though. I guess he wants sympathy.I personally detest the guy. He's nothing but a thug.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
I kinda think it's funny he played the race card, though. I guess he wants sympathy. I personally detest the guy. He's nothing but a thug.
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