Kwame Kilpatrick interview does more than stretch the truth
Published: July 13, 2011
"I want to educate people about the tremendous flaws that exist in the criminal justice system and how it has created a tremendous crisis in our communities around this country. The mass incarceration in this country is creating a permanent underclass in this society."
After all this time, Kilpatrick is still claiming that a root cause of all his problems is white America's, as he puts it, "fear of the Blackman." If only he hadn't been so big and imposing, hadn't worn the diamond stud earring and alligator shoes, if only he had been submissive and gone along easily, the scrutiny would never have been as intense.
Kilpatrick, even now, continues to play the race card. And the damnable thing about that is the injustice to real victims of racism.
Unfortunately for him, Kilpatrick may not have all that much time to devote himself to the worthy of a cause of drawing attention to our country's prison-industrial complex. At least not from the outside.
Last year, the U.S. Justice Department slapped the Kwamster with a 38-count indictment that accuses him of running a criminal enterprise that included bribery and extortion.
(Kilpatrick and his father Bernard Kilpatrick, along with several others named in the indictment, have proclaimed their innocence.)
If convicted, he could spend as long as 30 years in prison, leaving plenty of time to contemplate Don Diva, which, we understand, is especially popular among inmates.
As for his memoir, if it is anything like this interview, it should be placed in the fiction section.
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