Mama’s Baby

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A staunch defender and promoter of her son’s political aspirations and his two campaigns for mayor of Detroit, Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, has some explaining to do now that Mama’s Baby has been revealed to be a liar, philanderer, and unquestionably corrupt.  Kwame, a scion of political family, was elected based on the credibility of his mother and that of his father, a former chief of staff to the Wayne County Executive and Mrs. Kilpatrick’s ex-husband. 

A lawyer and state representative, Mama’s Baby rose to become the Democratic Leader of the Michigan House of Representatives before he announced his candidacy for mayor at the age of 32, an effort backed by both of his parents.  

Today, Mama’s Baby  finds himself embroiled in scandal as a result of his retaliatory actions against members of the Detroit Police Department who either had first hand knowledge of, or responsibility for investigating the numerous and juicy allegations of marital infidelity and misconduct by the mayor and his security detail. He has decimated the City of Detroit’s reputation, plunged the city into the most controversial leadership crisis and power struggle in its history and destroyed his family’s good name.    

This afternoon, Detroit Councilman Kwame Kenyatta introduced a resolution calling for the Mayor to resign and directing its counsel to research city ordinances and procedures to force his removal if he chooses to ignore the call to step down. 

This sad turn of events is troubling on many levels.  First, it ends the trust and promise a younger generation of leadership.  Moreover, it seriously undermines the older generation that spawned and nurtured it.   I have no doubt that Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty will be prosecuted for perjury and convicted by a jury of their peers.  It’s time for all to acknowledge this reality before the city is undermined any further.  It is my contention that Congresswoman Kilpatrick and her colleague John Conyers, the dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, if they haven’t already, must step forward as Detroit’s senior leaders and address this situation as the statespersons they claim to be.  

If you’re wondering why I also am calling for John Conyers to lead, it’s because his wife, political partner and eventual successor, Monica, sits on the City Council. If Kwame resigns, Mrs. Conyers will again become President of the City Council. John Conyers, a leader of the impeachment effort against Bush and Cheney, might need to look a little closer to home and help lead the effort against Kwame Kilpatrick-not because of his wife but because it’s the right thing to do. 

It’s time for Mama’s Baby to resign and they have a moral obligation to make that happen.  If nothing happens it will confirm for me that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and that her exalted position in the corridors of Washington power is illegitimate.   

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30 thoughts on “Mama’s Baby

  1. It’s an odd time, SB. Calling for accountability all over the place from Black Elected Officials. He’s got to step down; he’s totally ruining what little reputation is left in Detroit. Costing the city millions is why he has to go. Detroit can’t afford it, and considering that he only got in last time on a wing and a prayer, he has doubly betrayed the voters. Time for him to go. No more accepting foolishness.

  2. It’s time for people to be accountable and stop pointing fingers everywhere else before they analyze their own behavior. Kwame Kilpatrick is a disappointment for me. I was ecstatic when he won. I thought quite possibly we were watching another able black man rising in the game of politics in America. Still its been one occurrence after another since he took office. Its time for him to remove the shadow from his office and step down. Its the only right and good thing to do.

  3. Denise

    Rikyrah:

    Girl, these undisciplined, self-destructive, empire-building Negroes don’t give a damn about nothing but themselves.

    And since he apparently didn’t give a damn about the impact of his conduct on his wife or his three young children, I certainly don’t expect him to care about the citizens of Detroit or the rest of black America for that matter? Puhleeze!!!

    I’ll even go here: don’t be surprised to see him continue — or even step up — his antics just to show everyone he can. Watch.

    This type of Negro loves the spotlight too much to step down. He ain’t going nowhere without a fight. LOL

  4. Andrea

    For Kwame to resign, he must see the disgrace on the face of his peers. His peers are The Puffy Electorate. Unfortunately, most of our peers are The Puffy Electorate. They want to party with a purpose instead of do hard work, sacrifice, and practice austerity.

    We learned it from our parents’ generation, The Black Boomers, that like to party and pat themselves on the back after they fool us of how much they sacrificed and fought blood, sweat, and tears for us.

    I don’t see Kwame quitting until young people pressure him because having older people pressure him only makes me side with him in asking, “What the fuck?” He only modeled himself after obviously his mom’s generation. They just have not been as sloppy and braggadocious about flaunting their desires.

    So…it’s on us to stop enabling our peers by quietly watching this like it is a movie. He only but furthers destroys the opportunities of us having chances to have the residual access to do the right things. Cynicism takes root after this embarrassment. And we have seen since ’68 until now…40 years later…the first time someone is successful at combatting stat’ quo cynicism.

    We have to stand up and pressure Kwame! His momma created this problem. She is the problem too.

    We are the problem for allowing our values to be infringed upon because we wanted to see visually, material successful people. That formula has not been proven to be an example of fuzzy math. Time to stop promoting it and do away with fosturing the ideals.

  5. Kam

    Kwame is a profound disgrace. That he remains in power says all you need to know about the state of black America. If you read the original police depositions you will see that he not only screwed Christine Beatty, but also random women he picked up at clubs in DC during the Congressional Black Caucus weekend. This horrified his security detail and explains why they blew the whistle. And more recently, just this January, he was sleeping with yet another woman in North Carolina where he had gone to deliver a speech on community service. But then, unfortunately, King was a notorious cheater too. Black men (and the whores who cheat with them) make me weep. In the nineteenth century, right after emancipation, black men and women battled for the right to vote and marry. And now look at us. Mama Kilpatrick, get control of your son! Stop enabling his pathological behavior!

  6. john in california

    “…John Conyers, a leader of the impeachment effort against Bush and Cheney…”

    Conyers is, in fact, the guy holding up impeachment hearings. Whether he is doing it because of Pelosi or for his own political agenda, he refuses to even hold hearings on impeachment. He has had online petitions handed him with millions of signers but he continues to duck the issue. He is also a guy who used his government staff as personal servants, baby sitters and campaign workers (the last being clearly illegal). Why do you spend so much energy going after Lewis, an honest if not very effectual man, but say nothing about Conyers? Oh, that’s right, Lewis made the mistake of endorsing Hillary back when it looked like she had a lock on the nomination so forget about Lewis’s lifetime of putting the people first and the very real courage and sacrifice he made to give a guy like Obama a chance to be president.

  7. Valid comments, every last one.

    The CBCMonitor will be expanding to grade up and coming black politicos at the state and local levels. Might as well start facilitating accountability at the local level before they get a chance to clown on the National Stage.

    And if you thought Carolyn was going to rein in her baby, I’ve got news for ya. She gave him a CBC Leadership Award during said weekend here in DC back in 2006. I’m wondering where he found the time to come to the Gala Dinner ($750 a plate, mind you) to collect the award, considering all the honeys he was banging and Carletta no where to be found…

    I’m also surprised a stripper’s pole wasn’t found in his suite at the Renaissance Hotel when he was here that weekend…

    Sad state of affairs regarding Black leadership. Old school would like to turn it over to New School, only New School contains fools like Kwame, which jacks it up for the rest of them and makes it THAT MUCH HARDER to get Old School’s hands off the steering wheel, and continue the vicious cycle of No Black Leadership for at least another ten years.

  8. Mr. John,

    When he Mr. Lewis stood mute and refused to defend Cynthia McKinney from attack by the media and the Israel Lobby, I was through with him. Don’t get me wrong, he is a generous and kind man with a great deal of compassion, however, when it was time to stand up to the Clintons when Bill attempted to racially polarize democrats, he had nothing to say.

    I reject that and him. It is time for new leadership. If I have anything to say about it, he’ll never get that full congressional pension. As for Conyers, nobody but his deranged and arrogant wife will get that district.

  9. zeitgeist9000

    As far as Conyers district, I agree with you: barring one of the two murdering the other, they own that Congressional seat.

    Kwame is being cheered all around the city. The racist white supremacist superstructure of state government, judiciary and media hates black people and the city of Detroit. Thus, no matter what Kwame does, Kwame wins!

  10. Befree

    “stop letting them grow fat eating Popeyes chicken for breakfast.” -Obama said.

    LYNN SWEET | Crowd cheers advice to turn off TV, skip Popeyes for breakfast

    February 29, 2008
    BY LYNN SWEET Sun-Times Columnist
    FORT WORTH, Texas — On the campaign trail, Democratic front-runner Sen. Barack Obama talks about how he would use the bully pulpit if president, and he offered a demonstration Thursday when he drew wild cheers as he told a mostly African-American crowd that parents need to shape up, turn off the TV, help their kids with their homework and stop letting them grow fat eating Popeyes chicken for breakfast.

    “It’s not good enough for you to say to your child, ‘Do good in school,’ and then when that child comes home, you got the TV set on, you got the radio on, you don’t check their homework, there is not a book in the house, you’ve got the video game playing,” said Obama while in Beaumont, in southeast Texas.

    » Click to enlarge image

    Sen. Barack Obama greets supporters before a town hall-style meeting Thursday in Beaumont, Texas. Primary elections are next Tuesday in Texas and Ohio.

    (AP)

    “So turn off the TV set, put the video game away. Buy a little desk or put that child by the kitchen table. Watch them do their homework. If they don’t know how to do it, give them help. If you don’t know how to do it, call the teacher. Make them go to bed at a reasonable time. Keep them off the streets. Give ‘ em some breakfast. Come on. … You know I am right.”

    ‘I’ve got to talk about us’
    Can change happen with words? That’s a core question being raised about the Obama candidacy.

    “I’ve got to talk about us a little bit,” said Obama. “We can’t keep on feeding our children junk all day long, giving them no exercise. They are overweight by the time they are 4 or 5 years old, and then we are surprised when they get sick.”

    Obama — who exercises and is careful about what he eats — said obese children need to improve their nutrition habits, invoking the name of a chain that makes delicious fried chicken.

    “I know how hard it is to get kids to eat properly,” Obama said. “But I also know that if folks letting our children drink eight sodas a day, which some parents do, or, you know, eat a bag of potato chips for lunch, or Popeyes for breakfast.

    “Y’all have Popeyes out in Beaumont? I know some of y’all you got that cold Popeyes out for breakfast. I know. That’s why y’all laughing. … You can’t do that. Children have to have proper nutrition. That affects also how they study, how they learn in school.”

    Obama has delivered “tough love” messages before about personal responsibility, but he seemed to revel in his “truth-telling” while campaigning in Beaumont, on a day that also took him to Austin and Fort Worth in advance of Tuesday’s crucial primaries.

    As Obama stumped in the Lone Star State to Texas-size crowds — he packed in 13,000 people at the convention center here Thursday night — his campaign was downplaying any presumption that he will emerge in a few days as the all-but-certain Democratic nominee.

    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton “is working tirelessly, as is Bill Clinton, in both Ohio and Texas; these races are extraordinarily tight,” Obama said during a press conference on his plane en route to Beaumont. The Obama team was shocked to lose the New Hampshire primary in January, and since then, Obama has curbed the bravado that bubbled up in the Granite State.

    Obama resisted an invitation by a reporter to write the Clinton campaign obituary. Said Obama, “Remember New Hampshire?”

  11. Chesapeake

    Zeitgeist, you’re kidding, right?!? There’s no leadership in Kilpatrick, or any one, commiting a crime, being unfaithful, and having people fired to preserve himself. Even if Detroit believes “the man” is after Kilpatrick, he made his own bed by defiling the marriage bed (many times acording to those in the know). You can’t “cheer” a man in the face of cheating, clipping livelihoods, and lying under oath!

    Yes, TPJ, and CBCMonitor! The expansion to local level leadership is necessary. Some of the madness will be circumvented by the service. Please, See It Thorugh!

    Go on

  12. Denise

    With all due respect, what gets me with these “Get Yo’ Shit Together” lectures is they never focus on the failures of blacks on the higher end of the socio-economic scale?

    What I mean is after we finish ripping on Tarqweesha, Pook, and RayRay N’ em for dropping the ball, be sure to direct a similar wake-up at our “trail blazers”.

    For starters, remind them to respect their roles in history, and of the courage and sacrifice (of the plain ordinary folks) that made their achievements possible.

    More importantly – remind them that their paths haven’t been cleared solely for them, and that their conduct should reflect this fact at ALL TIMES!

    We can all do better.

    HOL…LAH!

  13. Andrea

    There is/was already a citizen’s advocacy group going after corrupt politicos in Detroit. They are/were identified as a group named, “Call-em Out!”

    I met them in 2004 when I tried to bring Uppity Negro to Detroit. They seemed to be a few of the only ones to “get it”. However that I, personally had some issues with their complete ideologies, I respected them for their courage and vigor to be unapologetic about going after The Black Establishment. Blogs were not popular then and they were doing the advocacy on the ground. Sad to say they are (were) mostly comprised of older, Blacks without much technology resources, they did create a webpage.

    http://www.members.aol.com/__121b_H5v084PtUJi9KuRfUsH+mB/OA1/eWr0PJFtmhlWASmw=

    I thought their Annual Sambo Awards was fearless, audacious, and unabashed but then they could take their advocacy to such controversial claims that were questionable as too biased such as the charter school issue.

    They have been effective on some accords and then completely biased on some other. Still, they were pioneers of the insurgency to not abide by the status quo rule in Detroit. All I kept meeting in Detroit was what seemed was a the mainstream drive for all to be bourgie. Detroit had this air about them in that it seems that those who wanted to be considered “Good Black People” wanted nothing to do in talking about the obvious in now what has exposed them all as citizens complicit in wanting to look pass the corruption led by our own.

    Black People in Detroit that I met with all of their schooling and titles wanted to play the role of the victim and pat Kwame and all others of stature on their back. It was like they talked of racial injustice as the only Boogeyman and that Kwame was crusading against it.

    I found it was a lot like Atlanta in the trademark denial of the drive of seeking upward mobility at any costs but it was nothing in tone to Blacks I met in Chicago which to me had more of a rebel spirit. For Chicago to be so close and for their ancestors to have migrated the same track from Mississippi and Louisana roots, I found they were nothing like their cousins in Chicago what seemed to be far more progressive.

    Detroit is a place stuck in time fighting themselves on so many levels.

  14. john in california

    Andrea, one big differences between Chicago and Detroit was the tenure of Harold Washington. He effectively broke the old Daly machine and spent 4 years reforming government. There are such things as political legacies and even though the current Daly has some of his father‘s pretensions to power, He must account to all of Chicago‘s constituencies, not just the white ethnics of his father‘s day. (BTW, Washington’s campaign manager was David Axelrod, now with Obama.)

  15. Andrea

    That still does not explain the tenor of the voice of Blacks in Chicago being far more progressive than Blacks in Detroit.

    It’s like trying to understand why Blacks in Mississippi, Louisana, and Texas seem to be more spirited about populist politics than Blacks in Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia that care more about Establishment politics of facades, following the status quo families and their churches.

    I’ve been to so many states to realize that Blacks have a behavioral locale distinction. One would think however with Detroit and Flint being the migrated endpoint for a lot of Blacks that are kin to Chicagoans, they would have more similarities in tone that distinctions. It’s just not that way though.

    The progressive politics of the 60’s in Chicago predates Harold Washington’s ascension and probably has a lot to do with it in The Panthers being there but I am curious to maybe think the progressive ideals still in Chicago has had to do with the number of academically and socially educated Blacks that were progressive in Chicago that never interjected and interceded into Michigan.

    You have to also wonder that with all the automotive job security during the Industrial Revolution that was offered in Detroit and Flint that fueled The Great Migration with other factory job sprinkled about, if our people learned to abide and deny to keep the checks rolling in, how many generations learned that their existence was determined and determined to how they saw and measured how good the city was to them.

    Instead of them having to realize that their once Middle-Class lives were never supposed to be considered fool-proof and fail-proof offering them de facto exemptions from realizing the trade-off in biting their tongues to live passive-aggressively was not the White Man’s fault but the brokered deal they negotiated. I get tired of people pushing that rationale not realizing how that very ractionale of negotiating for concessions remains pathologically regressive. They live to procreate to pass on the birthright that their locales are unfixable in such self-defeatist attitudes.

    So the off-spring learn to value a life of compromise for comfort with the justification to righteously advertise their entire city and community are virtuous victims. I do know that mentality is passed on like a birthright whereas younger generations act out the grievances of their elders. Without thinking we carry-out a fight in the name of “that’s how it is” when people never stop to question if it has to be that way.

    People in Detroit that I met had the spiel down that they were victims. I do remember though that the family members I had that ventured off-track instead of travelling from South Carolina up to East Coast line north, they went to Michigan for jobs. They are back in South Carolina now and are so broken with that same ideology trademarked of Flint and Detroit’s ways of seeing life.

    They never had the spirit to be progressive. They only wanted get in where they fit in. That attitude feeds passive-aggressive attitudes in off-spring that learn to mumble the same gripes as their elders without really studying their environment to ask if it had to be that way…for so long.

    I know for a fact that my people did not want to fight. They assumed that their liberty should have been gifted to them and that is what I realized is the framework of Blacks in Michigan in how they rationalize that since racism exists, they are justifiable victims that should not have to fight it and figure out inventive ways to make their lives more sustainable in a socially, mentally, and fiscally healthy way not so dependent on the determined graces of the powerful Michigan economic and social structure.

    It’s the same EVERYWHERE to some degree of widespread Black ideologies but I noticed in Detroit, playing the victim of racism was what everyone justified was their CALL(ING) to claim instead of progressive citizenship invested in fighting it and finding sustainability to need be dependent on life favoring them soley without self-determination.

  16. Kam

    There is a wonderful essay on Chicago’s influence on Obama in Salon, Just google it. By Chicago I mean Harold Washington, Jesse Jackson and multi-racial dem machine movement.

  17. TripLBee

    I’m from Washington, D.C. so I’ve had my fair share of mayor’s who’ve disgraced a city. What saddened me when the whole world saw Marion Barry “hittin’ the pipe” was that majority of black folk in DC rallied around him. The situation in Detroit is deja vu all over again. Why do so many of us stand up for the worst and most disgraceful amongst us? This man is shameful on every level—he cheated on his wife repeatedly, he cuckholded his best friend, he betrayed the trust of his children, he perjured himself, he obstructed justice…why does this make his a victim of a white supremacist power structure? It simply makes him another in a long line of corrupt politicians.

  18. Andrea

    Rikyrah,

    That woman is reaching. I can’t believe she posted that. I think the pajamas read “GOODNIGHT” and that is why the “N I G” is is framed. It’s just the way the child is shot in the frame.

    How did you find that blog?

  19. Tonight on 60 minutes Steve Kroft talks to Hillary and Obama as well as voters. This is a quote from Clinton:

    Q: “Do you believe that Obama is a Muslim?”
    HRC: “No, of course not. I take him at his word.”

    Take.him.at.his.word.

    Well, if I needed another reason NOT to vote for her…she delivered.

  20. Rick

    Take.him.at.his.word.

    Well, if I needed another reason NOT to vote for her…she delivered.

    ———————————————————-

    Ok Rikyrah, it’s official. In the 0.0009% chance that she somehow manages to STEAL this nomination, and somehow a deal is worked out that Obama is the VP…there is absolutely NO WAY I would vote for that ticket if Hillary is on it. I don’t care who else is on it. She must not win. She’s crossed the line with that one.

    It took me a while, but I’ve joined you and the others on that one.

    Thankfully, as Marla K. said recently…it won’t even come to that scenario in the first place.

  21. Andrea

    John,

    I am not surprised and my response here will sound like a defense plea.

    It’s so much easier for people to understand the Campaign of Hope to mean the Messiah is pure and without flaws. It does not help if Obama is not completely transparent to make the general populace understand what his team is made of and how he amassed a contigent of powerbrokers to support him in such an ambitious venture to run against an dynastic member next-in-line.

    I understand that the Obamas were a conflicted young couple entering their middle-age with college debt and wanting a big house. I understand the stresses of living in a major metropolitan city, being educated, and having peers that make a whole lot more money when you have sacrificed to be activists. You are poorer knowing the money you could have made if you assumed the role expected of pedigreed citizens. And then tack on having to young children that you want to offer the advantages of opportunities but opportunities to be advantageous is no longer free. They pay tuition, they pay for their girls to be socially and artistically developed, and they want to save for their college education. Also take into consideration that all men of a certain class want to buy their wives a big house but also your house is your portfolio used to impress those that you need to believe in you.

    When I was out being an activist, I was broke all the time and eventhough that was my exhibition of being altruistic, it was not regarded. People with power and access looked at me like I was a freak. I had people copying my conception and commodifying it for commercial advantage when the money I made off the shirts was used for basis sustainability to keep going to build it.

    I learned being out there that people expected me to play the part of a player but looking grand and having the accountrements that could advertise monetary success that equated to the obvious understanding that what I was doing was fiscally successful (or worth investing in in their time and clout). So I know what the Obamas are up against prior to this election in spite of his take from his book sales that were boosted after the speech delivered at the 2004 Democratic Convention.

    All they were banking on was to find commodified ways to get out of debt and to amassed some wealth. And I could only imagine what it was like to be a social phenomenon and have to “fake it in keeping up with The Joneses” because in order to play and have powerbrokers want to deal with you, you have to at least look the part. That costs.

    And no matter how altruistic you want to be, compromise comes into play in tempting your decisions and your judgement calls. Desperation to want to play because you know you need the chances justify in your mind that you are still pure when you engage with compromised people that have no qualms with the way they captured their power and access.

    This is not a reality most people will understand unless you make this transparent and educate the people about your backstory about how compromised you have been. Obama has to take the risk to open up and explain these things. But I don’t know if he or Michelle will want to go there and explain some things.

    I saw last week a photo of Obama with his daughter on a amusement park ride and the soles of his shoes, in the photo, were wearing out becoming holes. When I saw the photo I shivered. I realized how poor he really is inspite of what we see in that he had recent monetary hits with his books. But then again I understand. He and Michelle don’t have a consistent commodified property to build up their treasure chest. They need deals and all they have is their paychecks.

    This is not easy to understand when they make absolutely so much more than most people but I know the life they live in faking it to make it.

    When it came down to me losing my apartment in Atlanta trying to spread Uppity Negro by myself without any corporate or streams of consistent fiscal gains, I ended up sleeping at a friend’s house on his bean-bag. I was still out there clean and looking NORMAL but I was broke with inventory that moved too slow. People saw a polished person. And when I made a donation page on my website, I wrote how one day I had no money for maxi-pads and how I was tempted to go to Spelman and ask their school for some pads. The money that came in went straight to the gas tack, to vending fees, to food. Maxi-pads were a luxury at that point until my period came on and I realized a different form of desperation.

    People did not want to understand how someone so intelligent could be in the position I was in and people beat me up that I was stupid for not commidifying Uppity Negro as a straight superficial cash cow instead of wanting to use it as social enterprise which is riskier. Well, I did not do what Obama and Michelle has obviously done in broker with powerbrokers that as a result has their wholesome clean image now in question.

    Most people will never understand this imbalance in befriending corrupt people if you say that you are so altruistic like the Obamas but I do understand. The only person that ever came to me with money to invest was a White Man who wanted to market Uppity Negro as a hip-hop line that hard-core rappers would be spoke models. He told me that Uppity Negro was “hilarious”. I was broke and I walked away.

    Desperation makes people do things they say they would never do. Ambition makes that desperation and integrity a liability.

    I got no awards for practicing austerity to the point of whereas it harmed me fiscally and destroyed me financially. I do know however that if Obama was a community activist he did do the same thing however. It just comes a time when you are middle-aged and have all those advanced degrees and your peers are looking at you for being a failure because you want to “do the right thing” that that practice takes a back seat. Having a wife and having children living in a major city, you bite the bullet and do things you never said you would do.

    Obama should tell us his story not as someone that hangs out with Obama but someone that faked it and is still faking it until he makes it because I know but most people will never, never, never understand how poverty will make an altruistic person vulnerable to escape the pain.

    My desperation ultimately put me in a position whereas I was taken by a con artist and my friends witnessed it. It was a lesson that I think my friends learned from in a way about how hard it is to be altruistic and function as a moderately successful person. No one wants to hear your closest friends and family shame you for wanting to do the right thing whereas it forces them to feel guilty because they are not willing to sacrifice as you. The pressure can make someone (like Obama) engage in things his values say they would never do in brokering with people who have no hesitations in compromising their values.

    The only successful person that I ever talked to that understood was Majora Carter, the MacArthur Fellow. She, too, lived the life of a pauper while trying to get her platform issue and conception off the ground. Until the MacArthur Foundation awarded her with the Genius grant, people would shame her for being broke and living as an activist when she had the credentials to make “good money” doing a “regular job” and having a regular career. We talked about it how much our people and simply people in general don’t understand what activists go through on so many levels (and the politics). We talked about how especially our own people could not grasp certain things no matter how much explained it because the value systems shame altruistism whereas it does not pay out a reward and guarantee for risk taken.

    Obama owes people the transparency. He should give people the chance to learn. He owes it to us and himself. Michelle drops hints all the time but only someone like me and other activists understand.

  22. Denise

    I think Senator Obama and his wife are honorable people, and I think they’ll handle this with integrity.

    ‘Nuff said.

  23. Kwame is as corrupt as the system that created him is, no more no less. There will need to be a real revolution and not the telemarketing kind before this type of thing ends. Black people will rally around a corrupt politician because they know there are even more corrupt non-Black politicians getting over. The whole thing is a waste of effort as long as this pay for play game is in place. And we will continue to suffer.

    “It’s impossible for a chicken to produce a duck egg. It can only produce according to what that particular system was constructed to produce. The system in this country cannot produce freedom for the Afro-American. It is impossible for this system, this economic system, this political system, this social system, this system period. …And if ever a chicken did produce a duck egg, you would say it was certainly a revolutionary chicken.”
    ~Malcolm X

    Detroit is a good lesson in that you can replace white faces with black faces, but as long as the same system remains in place, the corruption will continue full speed ahead. Revolutionary chickens appear to have been totally extirpated in this country due to environmental degradation.

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