Every time something happens in the Kwame Kilpatrick, Christine Beatty saga, this page experiences an uptick in traffic due to our blow by blow coverage of their torrid love affair several years ago. Our most popular post at the moment is several years old -When Nigga met Niggette - I didn’t make up the terms, these are the terms of “affection” Kwame and Christine bestowed on each other. I read page after page of their text messages.
ESSENCE magazine, attempting to capitalize on the current obsession with Kerry Washington’s fictitious character, Olivia Pope, included an article written by Christine Beatty called “A Real Life Scandal.” She needs more followers on Twitter though.
This is the first time she is addressing her lascivious and dishonest shenanigans with Kwame Kilpatrick. I have to go read it the next time I’m am at the grocery store.
Beatty and Kilpatrick’s fates are a microcosm of how the institutions in the Black community treat Black men and Black women who do idiotic things. Black girls are taught from a very young age that if they screw up, no one will be there to rescue them - you’re on your own. Black boys however routinely receive messages that they are not responsible for their own lives. If they make mistakes, it isn’t because of the choices or decisions they made, but because they are fatherless or because of racism. And while fatherlessness and racism may play a significant role, choices and decisions also have an impact on negative outcomes.
And so when Christine fell ( and she deserved to fall, she was ratchet), she wasn’t coddled. No one handed her a $300,000 house and a six figure job in Dallas. There were no rallies on her behalf. She just skulked away quietly to Atlanta and took responsibility for her own life. Kwame on the other hand acted a fool. Blamed everyone except himself and repeatedly FLOUTED the conditions of his release. Beatty has consistently paid back restitution, while Kilpatrick, thumbed his nose at his financial obligations to the city he defrauded.
As a result, Beatty is now currently free. She’s playing broke, but she’s free. Kwame just got sentenced to 28 years of federal time- that’s basically a death sentence.
Since my initial coverage, I’ve gotten older and wiser. Chrstine was a real piece of work. She lied under oath and ruined the careers of at least two Detroit police officers. She was not a very nice person. And then she fell. Is she still an arrogant jerk? I have no idea. What I do know is that prior to this article in ESSENCE, she have kept quiet, kept her head down and has not carried herself in the bufoonish way her former lover has.
Had she been male, we would have already raced to foist her atop our shoulders and parade her through the streets as a “redemption” story. But alas, she is not and so the best we can do is wish her well on her journey and encourage her not to screw up the second chance she has been given. Christine... That man didn't love you- - Let it go already!