Kilpatrick Maintains Love for Ex-Aide
DETROIT - The city's former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is still calling the text message scandal that led to his ouster after an affair with an aide a personal vendetta, also blaming racism and hatred for his scandals in an interview with a journalist for the Nation of Islam's newspaper.
Sitting down with Ashahed Muhammad of The Final Call in an interview posted on YouTube on Saturday, Kilpatrick also says he still loves former chief of staff and lover Christine Beatty, a friend since the ninth grade, who went to jail after text messages revealed her affair with the then-mayor.
In the YouTube video with the Final Call, Kilpatrick sits down for the first time after the text-message scandal for an interview.
"When women get caught in a situation like that, they're perceived as a whore," he says in the 9 minute 17 second interview posted. "I just think that's so unfair. It takes two to tango, they say. But even other than that, she's a very good person½lcub¾hellip½rcub¾We made some bad decisions. And we are living with the consequences of those decisions. But I respect her tremendously and love her and wish her the best."
Pointing out his accomplishments - bringing the Super Bowl to town and downtown redevelopment, among other things - Kilpatrick said he believes the text message scandal was a personal attack.
"It was never really an attack on my work," he said. "It was who I was: 'We don't like him, we don't like the way he dresses, we don't like the way he looks. He's arrogant.' And what that brought and bred was a theater of hatred."
Leaning on racial statistics, pointing out the city of Detroit is 84 percent African American and communities outside the city are 86 percent white, Kilpatrick segued into Detroit's race riots, laying some blame of his personal scandal on racism.
"Detroit really never healed from that," he said. "And so you stoke that and you start getting the Michigan militias and all of those different things you hear about as far as the race problems. And so we started receiving threats: We're going to kill your wife, we're going to kill your kids."
Kilpatrick said the scandal has made him stronger and strengthened his relationship with is wife and children.
"I can't say it's been all bad. You know I know in the Christian church, the old ladies used to say, 'What the devil meant for bad, God meant for good, so some of the things that they went out and tried to be detrimental to my life saved me in a lot of ways. And so yeah there's been an aggressive, evil-spirited campaign, but we're still standing."