After recent articles about the possibly tragic consequences of cyberbullying, it is profoundly refreshing to see that Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, 37, can hold down being the face of hip-hop maturation and cyberlooove simultaneously. Here are samples of SMS conversations between the mayor and his Chief of Staff Christine Beatty – taken from the 14,000 text message tome compiled and cross referenced by the Detroit Free Press:

KK: “I’m madly in love with you.”
CB: “I hope you feel that way for a long time. In case you haven’t noticed, I am madly in love with you, too!”

KK: I’m at Laker game. The security doesn’t believe I’m mayor. Mike is pulling out all kind of shirt to prove it.
CB: And, did you miss me, sexually?
KK: Hell yeah! You couldn’t tell. I want some more. Don’t sleep!

KK: That’s the first time that I couldn’t fully seduce you. My game is off. LOL! Thanx for the conversation and the QT! Love you!
CB: LOL! Your game is way on baby! “you had me at hello!” Jerry McGuire 2000. LOL. I just didn’t want to get caught.

Cute, right? It’s just sad that they were both married (not to each other) with families at the time (2002 – 2003). And, in this climate of limitless voyeurism, I’m somewhat saddened that this damning information is being made public, as if the hurt and shame of it weren’t damaging enough to relationships and psyches in private. But, alas, to be a public servant/figure is more like living in an aquarium than a private forest, so they probably should have expected that their intimate conversations weren’t private. I mean, anybody who watches “The Wire” could have told him that much.

The Detroit Free Press has released a special investigation chronicling the law suit and scandal surrounding the controversial mayor during the time of the affair that puts this information in context- and may be strong evidence for perjury charges against him and Beatty. SOURCE

UPDATE:…and in case you’re wondering if your text message conversations are sitting in a file somewhere, the Detroit Free Press would also like to reassure you that Mayor Kilpatrick’s service provider was a special case :

For most, the answer is: Don’t worry.

Just as cell phone calls are not recorded, neither are most text messages…

Regular text messages sent through regular cell phones are not kept in any central repository. When you zap them from your phone, they are, in almost all instances, forever zapped. There is no federal law requiring that they be stored or kept by the cell phone provider…

In the mayor’s case, his messages were saved because of the specialized service the city has for wireless communications between city officials… It was a SkyWriter…a dedicated messaging device from SkyTel… Every message sent on the SkyTel network is recorded, including date and time the message was sent; the “from” and “to” addresses; length of the message, and the message content up to 2,000 characters… (source)

I don’t know about this one. I’m giving the text thing a side eye right about now. You should definitely read the full article.


~ by Anayah on January 24, 2008.

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