Brandon Whitney Double Play Commentary: Kwame Goes To Jail and Wiggers vs. White People

Commentary #1: Kwame Got Locked Up

When I was growing up in Detroit I thought that if you hung out on the corner you would get in trouble and go to jail, but if you worked hard and studied that you could be mayor. Well, Kwame has managed to do both. He was recently ordered by a judge to go to jail for leaving the country. The judge revoked his bond and Kwame will be locked up.

What will we tell the children? Well the kids get it I think. If the way some young people schooled council women Conyers is any indication, they don’t put up with foolishness. Rather, what we should be asking is, when will old school Black Politicians retire will. Kwame possesses a great deal of foolishness, he probably gets it from his Mama, but Detroit is a democracy. The people get the leader that they deserve. Kwame will not likely pull a Marion Barry like revival; you can pretty much stick a fork in him. However Detroit’s next mayor needs to be a Corey Booker or Barack Obama, not a throw back to the greased palms era.

Detroit has the potential to be a Mecca for African Americans who want to succeed. Its African American population is bright and talented and need only opportunities to succeed. Detroit’s next Mayor needs to be someone who can make a difference in a postitive way. This is going to be Kwame’s first time before bars, but probably not his last. Hopefully Detroit’s future won’t be locked away with him.

Commentary #2: Wiggers vs. White People

Chris Rock once did a comedy routine called “Niggers versus Black People.” In this bit he talks about ignorant Black People who take pride in not knowing things and acting without much common sense or forethought. He reflects on the fact that African American’s who are trying to improve their lives are angered by members of the African American underclass who embrace the most negative aspects of their culture. It seems as if something similar may take place in the wider society.

Obama stated “It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant,” when referring to the McCain campaign’s political hacks who made fun of Obama’s advice that people keep their tires properly inflated to save oil. On the right, intellectuals are seen as elitist. People who read books and eat foods other than meat and potatoes as effete. If you have ever listened to a country music song and then listened to hip hop you’ll probably hear some parallels. “I don’t care what nobody thinks” is a phrase used in both genres. A refusal to change and become a “phony” is also prevalent. The Black and White underclasses are very similar. The difference, and problem, is that the White underclass is filled with poor people who think they are middle class who vote like their rich for the people who make them poor.

A sort of rugged individualistic machismo destroys both the White and Black underclass’s. The Black underclass destroys itself with drugs, teenage pregnancy, and crime. The White underclass destroys itself with these same things, but they add a habit of voting for politicians that lower their standard of living to the list. They put politicians in place who help corporations keep their wages low and take away their health insurance. So there are definitely a large number of people in the United States who take pride in their ignorance, hopefully we’ll stop letting them run the country.

Brandon Whitney is the creator of a blog that focuses on issues that affect the African American community. He is also a frequent guest on News and Notes’ Blogger Roundtable. Brandon has political experience as an Outreach Director for the Democratic party and is passionate about being a positive force in his community regarding African American issues. He is also a frequent guest on News and Notes’ Blogger Round Table. You can read more of Brandon’s work at Homeland Colors.


2 Responses to “Brandon Whitney Double Play Commentary: Kwame Goes To Jail and Wiggers vs. White People”

  1. I really wanted to comment on Kilpatrick. I’m not African-American or a current Detroiter. I was born in the City and currently work in Detroit, which makes me a taxpayer and gives me an interest in the City’s goings on.

    When Kilpatrick first ran for mayor, I was all on board. Archer, his predecessor, didn’t seem too bad, although at the time I wasn’t very interested in current events. I do remember that Kilpatrick exuded a lot of charisma and seemed very refreshing. I thought that he’d be great as mayor.

    As time has gone on, I feel that he’s shown what a disgrace and utter disappointment he’s proven to be. I’ve heard acquaintances and some coworkers defend him. The media’s out to get him. Nothing’s been proven. People are after him because he’s African-American. I’ve heard it all. While there is truth is in that he hasn’t been convicted of anything, I choose to believe that where there’s smoke there’s fire. What does Kilpatrick have to do until people realize what a sleazebag he is? I guess they need a full-on confession. Let’s be honest. Honesty has never been his strongpoint.

    Jose A. Rodriguez

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