Opinion: When the Sins of the Son Come Back on the Mother

Opinion: When the Sins of the Son Come Back on the Mother

Published August 5, 2010

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but in this case I think the apple pulled the tree down as it fell. 

READ MORE: Kilpatrick Loses Seat in Primary

Amid former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's legal scandal, his mother, Carolyn Kilpatrick, lost the congressional seat she’s held for 14 years.  Her failed attempt at an eighth term undoubtedly points in the direction of her son's transgressions. 

The Hip Hop Mayor, as he was once revered, is currently serving a five-year prison term for violating his probation.  And while Kilpatrick's peers, Rep. Rangel and Rep. Waters, are in the midst of ethics violation charges, the scandal-free appropriations committee member Kilpatrick lost 47 percent of the vote.  

I wonder if Kwame feels guilty for costing probably the only person who has supported him unconditionally her life’s work?  Did he even stop to think of the ripple effect his actions could cause? 

No one really knows the power of a vote, but I think we all got a taste of it this week.  Kilpatrick's opponent, State Senator Hansen Clarke, is of Bangladesh and African-American descent.  They say if Clarke wins in November he will have single-handedly put an end to a political dynasty; but I say he had help…and help's name is Kwame Kilpatrick. 

What are your thoughts?

Written by <P>By Tiffany Tate, BET News&nbsp;</P>

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