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Martin Luther King's holiday was just celebrated. One of his famous speeches had the line:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.Fast forward about 45 years to 2008 and the city of Detroit. Meet mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Mayor Kilpatrick has had an interesting reign as king of Detroit politics. He has managed to be scandalous without being caught by scandal. Alas, poor King Kwame, caught by your own words... or were they Bill Clinton's? I did not have sex with that woman.
As reported by The Detroit News:
Kilpatrick wrote [Christine] Beatty [Kilpatrick's Chief of Staff]: "I've been dreaming all day about having you all to myself for 3 days. Relaxing, laughing, talking, sleeping and making love."Well, sexual affairs between political leaders and women attracted to power have been going on for as long as humans have been organized in any fashion, so this is not a big surprise. And given the propensity of Detroit voters to idolize any politician that seems to embrace the popular "culture," King Kwame was certainly not going to be shunned by those voters.
The problem was that his attempts at hiding his trysts were the reason that Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown and a Kilpatrick body guard, Harold Nelthrope, were fired.
They were trying to be men of good character by revealing the affair. Such stupidity. Detroit voters are not interested in the content of one's character, but in the ... oh, I can't write that, can I?What's the Mayor's message? Maybe something like, "If I was one of those white boys, you could fire my ass, but, hey, I'm cool and this ain't nothin' to get upset about."
Except that this cool dude just cost the City of Detroit about $9 million in lawsuits from his 3 days or so of fun.We'll have to see how much lack of character can be overcome by the color of one's skin in Detroit. Oh, dear, I wrote that.