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aleqm5jwxwhbxjnxyvnrpnn9ids9xuilhq.jpgDetroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick stood before hundreds of people last summer and triumphantly proclaimed: “Die, N-word, and we don’t want to see you ’round here no more.” But although Kilpatrick and other black leaders symbolically buried the racial slur in a mock funeral last July, he uttered it in his State of the City address Tuesday, which was carried live on local television and radio stations.

Facing possible perjury charges from testimony during a whistle-blowers’ trial and criticism over sexually explicit text messages he sent to his former top aide, a defiant Kilpatrick lashed out at the media and opponents. He said he and his family have been subjected to racial slurs, as well as threats over the past month.

“In the past 30 days, I’ve been called a nigger more than anytime in my entire life,” said Kilpatrick, 37. “In the past three days, I’ve received more death threats than I have in my entire administration.”

Kilpatrick’s use of the slur drew a sharp response from state Attorney General Mike Cox, who called it “race-baiting on par with David Duke and George Wallace” on Wednesday and said the mayor should step down for the good of the city and region. “What he said cannot be unsaid, and he is not fit to be mayor anymore,” Cox, who is white, said in an interview on WJR-AM. “He’s a very talented guy, but he has overstayed his day. He should resign, he should quit, whether he’s charged or not.”

Kilpatrick spokesman James Canning said Cox “has the right to his opinion” but said the mayor will remain in office. He said Kilpatrick used the slur in his speech as an example of how hurtful the epithet can be. “He was explaining to the citizens of Detroit the situation he and his family have been put in by some very vile individuals who have decided they will thrust upon he and his family some very threatening forms of communications,” Canning said. Some black leaders criticized Kilpatrick, saying he chose the wrong forum and wrong language for his outburst.

“It most especially was not a place to use the same word that, supposedly, we buried last summer,” said the Rev. Edgar Vann, pastor of Second Ebenezer Baptist Church in Detroit. “You can make references to it without using it.” (Continue Reading…)

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  • Mikki

    Mayor Kilpatrick needs to step down. It is sad that he is willing to use race as a scapegoat. He wouldn’t be in this position had he not been such a cheating hypocrite. He needs to focus on being a better man, and he needs to pay the cost. If the people who elected him continue tolet him highjack the mayors office, without forcing him out, then they deserve all the jacked up city they have as a result. He is arrogant and dishonest and as a african american I am offended that he and his supportors are using race as a veil. He has cost the city 8.4 million because he made officers who did not provide cover for him suffer, now his chickens are coming to roost and God is trying to let this man step down on his own but he seems to be refusing at every turn. He continues to cost the citizens of Detroit money because he does not have time to properly govern while he is trying to clean up the mess he has made. The dust still has not cleared about the stripper who was murdered and linked to a party held at his house. The legal suit put forth by the woman’s son will implicate Mr. Kilpatrick and the city. What the man needs to do is repent and quit being selfish so that the millions of people in Detroit who are living through a terrible recession can get a public official who has higher standards and a vision that is not self serving. All things come to light, and he needs to bow out like a man ASAP and show his family an ounce of respect.

  • I’m from Detroit. I actually voted for Kwame, but due to his lack of modesty, and extreme ignorant arrogance, and unwillingness to take responsibility for his own actions, I no longer support him. Kwame has embarassed the whole city of Detroit, and he continues to stick his foot in his mouth. I can’t wait to see him out of office. I never thought I would say this, but i hope they throw the book at Kwame and his whole crew!

  • DBCO

    You’d think that with Kwame’s parents being politicians and his socialization within this world, he would know better. Damn, he’s seen what’s happened to other power-hungry politicians. I mean how old is this story? Man gets power, man’s ego grows larger than it should, man creeps on wife, man lies and as ALWAYS gets caught in a web of deceit, man becomes embarrassed and “sincerely” apologizes for his transgressions, and then feigns ignorance that people are angry with him. What a sad reality for such a talented brotha’.

  • Kilpatrick is on some ish. That’s what we at TROUBL call, “that’s not cool, that’s coonery” and that’s what this crap with our elders fighting over the N-word is. Are u kidding me the n word, that’s plain corny. This is why there is a disconnect between our elders and the youth, they are worried about nigger. We call each other that all the time, and it’s taking a word and making it positive. Get over yourselves,w e have beigger issues. my fellow young men are selling drugs and not wanting to go to school, having unprotected sex. Talk about that , instead of the N-word. Giving the damn word more power.