Before he started his 28 year prison sentence, Kwame Kilpatrick was in the middle of filming a documentary that will be released in April.
KMK, A Documentary of Kwame Kilpatrick, is a film by Tim and Tobias Smith that includes interviews with Kilpatrick, his mistress Christine Beatty and family members. In one clip, Kilpatrick stated that when he’s in prison Detroiters will be begging for help.
“The people, the indigenous people of the city of Detroit are going to be begging for a savior, and that savior is not going to be black,” Kilpatrick says in a clip posted on WXYZ. “Some of the blackest people in town are going to say, ‘Hey, we need a white man.’”
According to the Huffington Post, the conversation occurred when the filmmakers and Kilpatrick were discussing the financial issues that plagued Detroit.
“It isn’t that Detroit needs a white savior; it is that Detroit needs a right savior. And at some point, color has to not matter,” Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley wrote in 2012.
Kilpatrick is currently in prison after being found guilty of Racketeering and other charges.
“KMK, A Documentary of Kwame Kilpatrick” premieres April 3 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Watch the latest trailer for the movie here.