Kilpatrick and CBC Institute Still Loves Fox News

If someone insults, consistently insults and hurts you, and does not repent/apologize/beg for forgiveness/something, you probably would not want to do busines with them.

Apparently the Congressional Black Caucus Institute (CBCI) doesn’t think this is how one conducts business. That is why they are still going ahead with these debates that they are airing with Fox News. What’s interesting is that the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) itself is split on the issue.

Let’s be clear here, the CBC and the CBCI are different organizations. But, there are 4 members of the CBC that sit on the CBCI‘s board. One of those people is Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Democrat from Detroit. She wants the debates to happen, and here’s what she said (my emphasis added):

“First of all, all the networks have a certain bias,” said Kilpatrick, who emphasized that the CBC Institute and not the CBC itself is sponsoring the debate.

Wow, where do I start?

Let’s just say this: that is B.S. Yes, “…all the networks have a certain bias.” That is not the point here. There is a difference between having a “certain bias” and a deliberate, specific bias against those that the CBCI wishes to reach & represent, and the CBC advocates for. If I had to choose to partner with someone that had a bias, I probably wouldn’t choose the blatant racist.

If you agree with me, please call Kilpatrick’s office and politely ask for a retraction. The phone number is 202-225-2261.

We’ve talked about this a lot because it is important be conscious of who is broadcasting the things we see and hear. We all understand that the same message from different messengers are not the same. One example is how friends talk with one another. If Steve or Brandon tell me, “G, you’re crazy,” it’s a whole lot different than if someone that I do not know at all says, “Garlin, you’re crazy.”

The messenger and the message both matter.

One Love. One II.


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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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