From the New York Times Kwame M. Kilpatrick, the charismatic mayor of Detroit who has been embroiled in legal problems stemming from a sex scandal since the beginning of the year, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and resigned his office Thursday morning as part of a deal with prosecutors.
So, I've been half-jokingly posting on my Facebook that I can't bear to see black people embracing the Republican Party. Obviously, in some ways, black Republicans are as much the sons of the civil rights struggle as Barack Obama is—and the historic legacy of the Democratic party was hardly kind to blacks—but I'm still not buying it. Not this year. This is a landmark time for black people in this country. And it might not be PC, but unless these darker Republicans know something I don't, their home is supporting the first qualified non-white candidate with a chance at the White House. More importantly—waving my finger at my fellow brown folk—the Republicans will eventually show you where you stand, so don't delude yourself. How many of you got to speak at the RNC?.
But I've decided, the right can have one of our brethren: We gladly turn over Kwame Kilpatrick. Once called the ''hip-hop mayor" by some, this idiot fell far and hard from grace. And he didn't even do it honorably, fighting and denying all the way, even as the evidence was comically clear. He betrayed the trust of the people of Detroit, who need solutions, not some dick in a bad suit, fucking his aide and then firing some cops to cover it up. So, he's yours, McCain, Bush and Co. Given the past eight years of Republican sex and ethics scandals, former Mayor Kilpatrick will fit right in.
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