(Race Man) Bobby Rush rules out Meeks as consensus black candidate for mayor
From The Article:
According to Rush, that leaves five candidates vying to become the consensus black candidate: former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun; Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers; U.S. Senator Roland Burris; State Senator Rickey Hendon and Congressman Danny Davis.Just imagine if the Black rank and file within the city of Chicago needed to have their wounds HEALED regarding their loyalties being taken advantage of while so few of the promises having been delivered upon?
As one of the few Chicago congressman who has not thrown his hat in the mayoral ring, Rush is playing the role of elder statesman trying to heal old wounds dating date back to the 1989 civil war between Tim Evans and Eugene Sawyer that followed the death of former Mayor Harold Washington.
Rush described the protracted selection process as “cathartic” and said he’s confident a consensus candidate will emerge by the Nov. 22 filing deadline.
“During the Sawyer-Evans fight, we were talking at one another instead of to one another. There was an absence of above-the-fray leadership that would have tried to bring the two factions together. We forgot how we got there and lost our bearings. That’s why we lost. I don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past,” Rush said.
“I’m telling all these people who are running, ‘Let the community go through its process.’ Not only is it a healthy process. It’s a healing process from 1989. There’s still a fracture. There’s still some pain. We need to take the time. Whoever emerges, those other candidates need to fold up their tent. If they don’t, they’ll be running without the community.”
Rush said he knows from experience what happens when you put the cart before the horse.
In February, 1999, he challenged Daley and got just 28 percent of the vote.
“I declared myself a candidate, didn’t talk to anybody or bring the community along, surprised some of my strongest supporters. They had no idea. I made a mistake. I learned from that mistake,” he said.
If you think that the Black Progressive Establishment in Chicago is going to hold up the permanent interests of the Black community as the primary issues in the upcoming race for mayor - you are sadly mistaken.
- Though the Chicago Public Schools are 87% Black and Hispanic yet graduate only 51.9% of them.....
- Though certain parts of Chicago 2010 have Black people living in the state of fear of the terror that surrounds them as if it was Greenwood Mississippi 1910 .......
- Though the DE-ployment rates for Chicago with its present favorable leadership in line with the machine's wishes are no better than other places where the common enemy is in power......