Following in the miserable tradition of Ray Nagin, William Jeferrson, Willie Herenton, Sharpe James and Marion Barry, another black Democrat mayor of a big city has been brought down in utter disgrace:
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was bounced from office Thursday in a deal with prosecutors that will send him to jail and put an end to the sex scandal that embarrassed this chronically struggling city and preoccupied its government for months.
Why does the black liberal community continue to turn a blind eye to sleazy, corrupt, arrogant, incompetent leaders who happen to be black? Because results be damned as long as the leader looks like one of them. Indeed, we're learning the same thing with Barack Obama, a man who rarely speaks on issues negatively effecting the black community, yet is still being supported by over 90% of the black voting electorate. When will they ever learn?
The 38-year-old "Hip-Hop Mayor" who brought energy and excitement to City Hall when he took office in 2002 pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and will get four months behind bars.
The Democrat also will pay the city $1 million in restitution, lose his license to practice law, and cannot run for any elected office for five years. His resignation will take effect in two weeks.
Kilpatrick was charged earlier this year with perjury and other offenses for denying he and his chief of staff had an affair. The scandal broke wide open in January with the release of a trove of lusty text messages between the two of them that appeared to contradict the mayor.
"I lied under oath," the beefy former college lineman said in court Thursday. His wife, Carlita, watched from the second row, occasionally closing her eyes.