Are we done with Mayor Kilpatrick yet?
“The kids call him Black Gangster,” is what my friend said, as we were sitting together having a drink at a downtown club.
“Black Gangster? Are you serious?”
He nodded, looking as sickly amused as I felt.
“That’s what they’re calling him, man. Black Gangster.”
Personally, I haven’t heard any kids say that, but then I don’t hang around many kids since I’m 50 years old. But still, I don’t know if it’s true or if it’s not. So I’m admitting that up front. My source on this, however, does have a couple of youngsters of his own plus he’s fairly well plugged in. So take it for what it’s worth.
But here’s the thing that gets me, assuming this is really true and some of the kids really do refer to the city’s mayor in those terms; they don’t mean it as a negative. That’s what’s so damned sick about it, as well as depressing. To these kids, who apparently think Mayor Kilpatrick can do no wrong no matter what the evidence shows, the term “Black Gangster” is a term of endearment. Guess it’s another way of saying “mah nigga” or whatever. The more criminal he appears to be, the more they love him because he’s another brother up against the system and giving it the finger like any good brother should.
Just as a for instance, last week’s big story on Kilpatrick was that he actually assaulted a Sheriff’s Deputy who was legally serving a subpoena to one of his best friends who was thought to be at Kilpatrick’s sister’s house at the time. Turns out Kilpatrick was there when the deputies showed up, according to news reports, and so naturally he rushes out and shoves the deputy off the porch. But not before cursing them out because, well, that’s kinda what any self-respecting black gangster would do. Of course, any reasonably sane grown man elected to represent the best interests of one of the nation’s largest and most distressed cities and who is currently facing eight criminal charges would probably have kept his mouth shut and maybe even ducked into a closet until the whole thing was over.
But then that wouldn’t have been sufficiently gangsta, now would it? Naw. Fuck tha police. That’s the spirit.
So now the mayor has been ordered by the judge not only to pay $7,500 bond money to stay out of jail, but is told he can’t leave town any more without a court hearing. Keep in mind that this isn’t some little street corner thug the judge was admonishing when he said he had thrown folks in jail for much less. This was the mayor of our city.
Meanwhile, we learn that the recall petition wasn’t able to generate enough signatures in time to be placed on the November ballot, although efforts are apparently underway to place it on a special election in February ’09. I bet if Mayor Gangster had jumped that deputy about a month ago that just might have tipped the balance a bit. Then again, who knows anymore.
Sometimes I wonder if we Detroiters are more interested in being properly entertained than properly governed. Because even without the shoving the deputy off the porch incident, there should have been so many signatures on that petition until they could have unfurled it in one bright, shining Path of Awakening from City Hall all the way to Lansing without repeating one single name.
Then again? Maybe we just don’t think we deserve any better any more. And maybe Kilpatrick knows that…
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