Thursday, January 20, 2011

Chicago-style racism

Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Chicago Tuesday to campaign for mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel, but his visit is the cause of some controversy.

While the former White House chief of staff hopes Clinton can persuade voters to cast their ballots for him Feb. 22, a former mayoral contender has warned that Clinton is risking his popular standing with the African-American community by backing Emanuel rather than a black candidate.

. . . Congressman Danny Davis, a former candidate who bowed out of the race in December, warned when the Clinton visit was first announced that the former president could jeopardize his standing with the black community.

It's a shame that the leader of the Democratic party, himself a Chicago democrat, is silent on the subject of this injection of blatant racism and ethnic bigotry into the Chicago mayoral primary.

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