Closing the chapter on Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick

If you haven’t heard yet, Kwame Kilpatrick resigned today, ending an eight month long text-messaging scandal that has ravaged Detroit and the entire state of Michigan. I am too tired to explain all the minutiae of these cases because it is too emotionally draining but if you want to learn about it, go to the Detroit Free Press.

To be frank, I didn’t want to write about this story until it was over because I knew that 1) The text messages would be the downfall of the mayor and 2) I choose to focus and work on far more important issues that deserves attention like foreclosed homes, the lack of a quality transit system, failing schools, sky-rocket car insurance rates, just to name a few.

Here is the thing, I don’t believe in kicking a man when he is down. Kwame is out of office and while there needs to be healing for the citizens of Detroit, I rebuke anyone who claims to seriously care about Detroit that will harp on this situation as a reason why they won’t fight the good fight. But let’s keep it really real, I really don’t care about what you think about the court cases. I care about whether you care about the citizens of Detroit. This is where I stood before the scandal, during the scandal, and where I stand today.

So as we look towards the future, there are a couple things to keep in mind. Just because Kwame is out of office does not mean that you have to run for mayor next year. Many folks have said today that this is a unique opportunity for Detroit to make a turn for the better. Those opportunities are present every single day and if you are waiting for the next scandal to sort-a-kinda get involved, don’t talk to me. And don’t wallow in despair. So when someone says it’s a sad day in Detroit, tell them that you look towards the hills from which cometh your help.

Stay up fam,

Brandon Q.

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3 responses to “Closing the chapter on Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick”

  1. Edward says :

    Brandon,
    You are so right. This is a unique opportunity for our fair city. Citizens of Detroit do have to care about themselves and demand more from their government and each other in order to fix the problems that plague us. I certainly hope we can find a new dynamic leader that can galvanize the city. Unfortunately that leader has not revealed himself or herself yet. That leader certainly cannot be found in this current cast of characters. But I will stay optimistic for today……

  2. Garlin II says :

    B, I am 100% with you on this. I would, however, like to challenge an assumption made by many (not you) in this whole debacle: the immediate impact this has on short-term investment in Detroit and in Michigan, a claim made here.

    Isn’t there a certain level of inertia present with this sort of investment? Have construction projects stopped or been pulled due to this madness? Maybe there have been some, but I haven’t seen this as a trend.

    Yes, there will probably be a slow-down in new investment, but this is distinct from existing projects being completed and all of the things that come with those. Is it unreasonable to expect that the inertia will carry development through the next election next year?

    Just a thought.

    One Love. One II.

  3. Brandon Q. says :

    Thanks for the comments fellas,

    Edward, I think the problem is that the leaders we need are already here but too often, politics is viewed as an activity you need to have superhuman abilities before you can ever consider running and that mentality has to stop. Conversely, we have too many self-appointed leaders that think their ambition is they key to saving Detroit.

    Garlin, you are very much on point when you talk about the slow down investment because the two biggest things business needs are predictability and stability. Now not only is Council going to spend nearly 3 million dollars to hold a special election in February, we are scheduled to have another regularly schedule election next November. So essentially, the interim nature of the city’s business won’t be settled til November 2009.

    That translates to nearly two years of political instability because Ken Cockrel (and whoever wins the special election) are going to be care takers that will be hard pressed to put their own stamp on Kwame’s projects causing unnecessary confusion and political posturing. BTW, Monica Conyers is going be the City Council President.

    Pray.

    BQW

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