After turning the city in a Sanctuary for illegal immigrants, defying orders from President Donald Trump, and being the murder capital of the United States, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in even more hot water.
On Wednesday, Democratic candidate for governor Chris Kennedy accused Emanuel of leading a “strategic gentrification plan” aimed at pushing African-Americans out of the city and encouraging more whites to stay.
“I believe that black people are being pushed out of Chicago intentionally by a strategy that involves disinvestment in communities being implemented by the city administration, and I believe Rahm Emanuel is the head of the city administration and therefore needs to be held responsible for those outcomes,” Kennedy said.
“This is involuntary. That we’re cutting off funding for schools, cutting off funding for police, allowing people to be forced to live in food deserts, closing hospitals, closing access to mental health facilities. What choice do people have but to move, to leave?” he added. “And I think that’s part of a strategic gentrification plan being implemented by the city of Chicago to push people of color out of the city. The city is becoming smaller, and as it becomes smaller, it’s become whiter.”
Matt McGrath, a spokesman for Emanuel’s office, fired back by accusing Kennedy of colluding with Republicans to levy the attacks.
“It’s sad to see Chris Kennedy joining President Trump and Gov. Rauner in using cynical, politically motivated attacks about Chicago’s communities for his own personal gain,” Emanuel spokesman Matt McGrath said in a statement. “His divisive comments today are a direct assault on one of this city’s greatest strengths — our diversity.”
So who do we believe?
As noted by the Chicago Tribune, data from the American Community Survey found that blacks have been dramatically leaving the city since Emanuel took office in 2010.
The issue over whether Emanuel has been trying to push blacks out of the city and pave the way for whites to stay is very serious, and would expose the liberal mayor for being a hypocrite given he claims to be a champion of minorities.
More importantly, if such accusations stick, it could pave the way for Emmanuel to lose his next re-election in 2018.
With Chicago consistently having one of the highest murder rates in the country, gangs flourishing, and the government protecting illegal immigrants, many will applaud efforts to get Emanuel out of office.
Source: Chicago Tribune