COMMENTARY: ‘First Junior Jesse, Now Kwame. I Hope Ray Nagin is the Last,’ said Tom Joyner, Host of ‘The Tom Joyner Morning Show’

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I interviewed Kilpatrick exclusively in 2010 just days before he was ordered to serve 14 months in jail for a probation violation stemming from an obstruction of justice case.

Kilpatrick told me back then that he had a spiritual breakthrough; that he prayed on his knees every night and that Pastor T.D. Jakes was offering him spiritual guidance.

“I know my reckless behavior disappointed people,” Kilpatrick told me during an hour-long interview. “I know I let people down.  I carried that guilt but at some point, you have to shake it off, you have to forgive yourself and stand up and start walking forward.”

“I don’t think my punishment was just about lying about an affair,” he added.  “I think my punishment was turning my back on God, who sent me to that position as mayor.”

I hope Detroit can heal and move forward now that Kilpatrick’s sensational trial has ended.

“A lot of kids looked up to Kwame Kilpatrick,” Sanford Miles told The Detroit News. “Now a young black kid in the urban communities that knows that one day I could be a mayor or a president now has his hopes diminished because … Kwame is not a good role model any more, and a lot of kids are hurt by this.”

Here are just a few of the many comments posted on Tom Joyner’s Facebook page after the Kilpatrick verdict was announced.

Andee: “How is a corrupt official who was found guilty a sad day for black people? He raped the city coffers to line his pockets, when the city desperately needed that money.”

Sylvia: “That’s just a dog gone shame! He’s got STUPID Written across his face.”

Valeria: “God bless us here in the City of Detroit. Sad Day for our former Mayor. Now we must move on. Will politicians ever learn what’s done in the dark will come to light. Justice has prevailed.”

Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Kwame’s mother, who served for three decades in the U.S. Congress, only said a few words Monday as she walked into the courthouse.

“I served for 32 years,” she told reporters. “Pray for my family.”

In my interview with Kwame Kilpatrick in 2010, he tried to convince me and the residents of Detroit that he was a changed man; someone who had learned from past mistakes and is now motivated by faith.

“Lord knows I don’t want to go back,”[to jail] Kilpatrick told me. “But I do need to say…that God had me just where He wanted me.”

State prosecutors now have Kilpatrick just where they want him, too: In prison.

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5 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: ‘First Junior Jesse, Now Kwame. I Hope Ray Nagin is the Last,’ said Tom Joyner, Host of ‘The Tom Joyner Morning Show’

  1. This was just yet another example of black racism that we see every so often. The media ignores it and everyone down plays it even though it is PURE, by the book, racism. Some notable examples include

    1) Black people hi fiving eachother and dancing in the street when the murderer OJ was let go.

    2) The Jena 6 debacle where black people commuted all the way to a different state to defend 6 people who brutally beat a kid nearly to death

    3) The lynch mob mentality in the treyvon martin case. A case which has yet to have all the details and evidence revealed.

    More and more people in America are seeing through this blatant ‘us vs them’ racist mentality that so many black people have. It is utterly sickening and only serves to divide us all further.

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  3. Kwame is nothing but a educated thug, nothing more nothing less, end of story. After he serve time in the clinker he will get out and run for office again and if his opponent is a white man, the fool black democrats will vote for him again.

  4. Good for him…He got what he deserved!!! I am one for looking for the racial part in a situation but I can not find it in this one….Shame on him for shaming his mother like that…..

  5. here is what i see as an issue for us as african americans in this country, the political system has been designed to operate as an enterprise where the elected official is to refrain from the temptation. there is nothing new here but as a man or women of color what gave u the impression u could be one of the “good ol boy’s” and wallow in the shadows and be accepted. the same ideolgy that gangsters use is politics as long as everyone has dirt on eachother there can be a code of silence. there is a purpose here , detroit is in bankruptcy and crime is at an alltime high much like where i live the areas we live are prime real estate. the only reason there is a focus on the crime and behavior in these areas is there plan to recapture the inner city. the real essence of any large city is the residents , the neighborhoods for decades these areas were discarded and left to rot that is how it is possible for this kind of tragedy to occur.

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