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Former President Jimmy Carter's remarks yesterday in the Carter Center in Atlanta puts a real face on the Illinois Democratic Primary race for governor. Just as Jimmy Carter points out, the racism that many white Americans harbor towards President Barak Obama, is evidenced by the behavior, demonstrated daily, in Illinois main media i.e. the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times and Chicago television and radio stations, towards William "Dock' Walls in his bid for the nomination to lead Illinois' Democrats for governor. The Illinois media does not feel that a Black man who graduated from Chicago's public schools is qualified to lead the state. They can only project a governor's race between two Irish leaders, Pat Quinn and Dan Hynes; even though fifty percent of Illinois Democratic vote comes out of Cook County and the city of Chicago. That Democratic vote is majority Black, but every article written in the Sun-Times, every article written in the Tribune, footage viewed on television or broadcast on the radio consistently fails to mention William Walls as a candidate for governor. Be it tax policy, Burr Oaks Cemetery or labor relations, it's all done with a Quinn/Hynes spin, which fails to even mention William Walls. Walls, a former top aid to Chicago's first Black mayor, Harold Washington, is a Tuskegee graduate and native Chicagoan. Walls is also a graduate of the Kent College of Law and a leading progressive advocate of reform politics. Obviously, all these salient attributes are being disregarded, simply because William Walls is a Black man, and the media is fearful of informing Illinois Democrats (particularly Cook County Democrats) that a progressive Black candidate is in the race. In this post Blagojevich era, the media is fearful of informing an Illinois Black Democratic electorate that there is an alternative to the Irish dominated Democratic machine, which has mislead the State of Illinois for the past eight years. The Chicago media was never truly comfortable with Harold Washington (the reformer) as Mayor of Chicago and did everything in its power to split and confuse the electorate following his untimely death. While editorializing for campaign reform, ethics reform and tax reform, the Chicago media really only wants reform if it's tied to white leadership. The media was willing to accept Blagojevich; who, while not Irish, represented white ethnics from Chicago's north-side; until he pissed off the south-side Irish block of the Democratic party. It was this south side Irish Democratic block, lead by Democratic Speaker of the House, Micheal Madigan, that orchestrated Blagojevich's removal as governor and replaced him with their choice of Pat Quinn (a north-side Irishman), who now is dressed up by the south-side Irish as their man for governor. This was made evident by the Cook County Democratic Party's recent endorsement of Pat Quinn for governor.
Real reform in Illinois has to come from a real reformer. William Walls is a real reformer. William Walls constantly challenges Daley's corrupt policies. He has challenged them in the courts. He has challenged them in the elections and he has all of the characteristics of a governor that's going to take on the Illinois status-quo. This includes the lobbyists, the corporations and the unions in the pocket of the corrupt Democratic machine. William Walls represents the only true change for Illinois state government, but the media has no respect for a Black man. The media does not think a Black man is qualified to run the State of Illinois. I hope soon that we see a change in this racist attitude by the media. Until then, I urge Bill Walls to keep talking to the people of Illinois - keep talking change to the people. Don't count on nor trust the media. The media is only trying to find a way to confuse the people again. Maybe, after they come up with their plan of confusion, they will begin to mention William Walls as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Illinois.
That is disheartening I do not know if it is so much about racism or if there is fear but whatever it is , to me it is simply nonsense! A black man can run a state just as well as a white man it should not be based on the color of ones skin but the ability to run the state completely. I wish racism and hate would bite the dust!
Jimmy Carter speaks the simple truth. Sometimes the truth hurts.
Whew! I thought you were going to accuse Jimmy Carter of racism -- and he is the gentlest and most unassuming ex-president ever (not the most effective president, but a kind man).
Quite honestly, I haven't read anything about the situation in Illinois. But I would sincerely hope there is something more to this than simply race. We have had illustrious governors of color in other states, including Massachusetts and NY -- both of which share similar politics with Illinois.
I hope this proves to be untrue. But thanks for raising the issue. BTW, your forum post is quite long. Next time, consider writing a hub which will attract more traffic from outside HubPages (if that's a goal, of course). Best, MM
Jimmy Carter a racist? No waaaaaaay, wait, Yes Waaaaaay!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co … 01541.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/opini … ei=5087%0A
We know, Broker-Trade. Trust me, those who support Obama and who happen to be white have seen the ugly face turned towards them at times, as well.
Thanks for your perspective.
I read that article and was totally disheartened that politicians would stoop to such behaviors but others like Mr. Carter..... deserve a standing ovation, they are the epitome of a human being.
Here is some more light reading on the peanut farming imbecile who occupied the White house!
LOL Wiki is definitely an authoritative source
That aside, I always thought that there were just less than a handful of races - yellow, black, white, not sure if there was red. That said, could be just a difference in terminology between Russia and USA.
LOL Then read another wiki article, more general one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_%28cl … _beings%29
At least it is not cut in stone, and we both could be right
Yes, Misha, NA's are considered Red lol hope you been well.
I understand Misha, I try not to use wiki but it was handy. Jew is a religion as well as a race! There are many different colors of Jews but that does not change the facts!
Well, again, it depends on definition of race. Yours seem to be closer to what I would call nation.
How many threads are there with this same original post? I'm getting confused
I didn't see a second thread but there is a hub about this discussion which I believe is fine, I have seen a few hubbers do this, he will be o.k. just give him time and he isn't a spammer so he is entitled to express his thoughts it was believed that several other newbies were spammers and they were not. So spam is to be fried, cooked, B-B-Q or left in the can but I don't believe there is any spam here. lololo
Sadly, people buy into the whole concept of race when the science of race has no truth foundation or basis. Human beings are the same and all the parts and blood are bascially interchangable with one another. Color does not make anyone better or worse, good or bad. When children go to public schools, the districts have to play into race by making children claim a race. If they do not make a decision or choose one, the person sitting in front of them will make a complete unscientific guess and mark what they think the child looks like. That is ridiculous. Jimmy Carter did the last thing politicians want to do - he told the truth. Yes, this nation voted an African-American into the Presidency, but the numbers show that a large turnout from African-Americans made it possible. The majority of the white vote did not go Obama's way. It is political suicide to speak to boldly on the issue and that is why only those whom the media have dismissed as important can speak it.
As the president himself said to David Letterman
"I was black before the election."
Get off the racism stuff. . .please? This country chose a black man as president.. .the highest office in the land. We chose him to be the leader of the free world. . .the most powerful man on earth.
Where on earth is the racism in that?
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