Kwame Kilpatrick

Before he started his 28 year prison sentence, Kwame Kilpatrick was in the middle of filming a documentary that will be released in April.

KMK, A Documentary of Kwame Kilpatrick, is a film by Tim and Tobias Smith that includes interviews with Kilpatrick, his mistress Christine Beatty and family members. In one clip, Kilpatrick stated that when he’s in prison Detroiters will be begging for help.

“The people, the indigenous people of the city of Detroit are going to be begging for a savior, and that savior is not going to be black,” Kilpatrick says in a clip posted on WXYZ. “Some of the blackest people in town are going to say, ‘Hey, we need a white man.’”

According to the Huffington Post, the conversation occurred when the filmmakers and Kilpatrick were discussing the financial issues that plagued Detroit.

It isn’t that Detroit needs a white savior; it is that Detroit needs a right savior. And at some point, color has to not matter,” Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley wrote in 2012.

Kilpatrick is currently in prison after being found guilty of Racketeering and other charges.

“KMK, A Documentary of Kwame Kilpatrick” premieres April 3 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Watch the latest trailer for the movie here.

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  • BillipPhailey

    The people of Detroit have themselves to blame for this fool.

  • The more that I research about Detroit’s history and culture, the more that I see its revolutionary history. Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave important, strong speeches in Detroit. Many people in Detroit came from the Deep South to escape the exploitative nature of sharecropping. Later on, massive deindustralization came, urban renewal had grown, there was the major 1967 rebellions (which can in opposition to racism, police brutality, and economic oppression), and many jobs were shipped overseas. This caused people to suffer and we have seen how the war on drugs have devastated communities in Detroit including nationwide. Kwame Kilpatrick can never blame anyone for his mistakes, but himself. It is as simple as that. Kilpatrick’s life is a lesson on how we, as black people, must not only promote excellence. We have to study the past mistakes of others, so we can create a better future for us, our families, our friends, and for our posterity. The recent financial crisis has hurt Detroit too. Today, people are still fighting in Detroit. The people of Detroit are very resilient. They are strong and we respect the fighting spirit of the people of Detroit. The next mayor could be white and the new mayor could be black. I don’t know the future. What I do know is that the best qualified, imaginative, and progressive human being deserve to be the new mayor of Detroit.