Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Losing African-American Support

Saturday, 23 Mar 2013 10:05 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
When President Obama said that Rahm Emanuel, his former White House Chief of Staff, would make a fine mayor for Chicago, the city's black voters took him at his word.

Emanuel won the 2011 mayoral race while garnering 59-percent of the black vote.

Now that support appears to be steadily eroding, according to a story on the web site of WLS-TV, Chicago’s ABC affiliate.

Two years into his term, unemployment and school closings are chipping away at a major block in Emanuel's political base.

Many in the African-American community are incensed that most of the schools on the Chicago Public Schools underutilized list are in predominantly black neighborhoods.

“In any city that's as segregated as Chicago, anytime that you destroy black schools and destroy black communities you can't call it anything but racist,” the Executive Director of Action Now, Katelyn Johnson said.

Parents also are dissatisfied with overcrowded classes, something they say doesn’t occur in schools in white neighborhoods.

Emanuel is also being blamed for the rising violent crime rate and high unemployment rates in African-American neighborhoods.

“He came in under the Obama handshake but he won't be given that same luxury in another two years if things don't begin to change,” political consultant Sean Howard said.

Emanuel is not without his defenders.

Chicago Transit Authority Chairman Terry Peterson reminded black voters about the nearly $700 million Emanuel plans to invest in South Side public transit projects.

“That will benefit African American families, the African-American community as well as African American businesses,” Peterson said.

A recent media poll suggested Emanuel's job approval rating had slipped dramatically.

The survey was not broken down by race.

“I think he's going to continue to work hard to garner the African-American community's support,” Peterson said.



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Imam to Hannity: Sharia Law Is 'Coming to a Place Near You'

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 23:11 PM

Controversial London Imam Anjem Choudary had a heated argument with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity on the latter's show . . .

Missouri Governor Names New Public Safety Director

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 22:35 PM

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only bl . . .

Stifling Free Speech? California Looks to Ban Confederate Flag

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 22:16 PM

California is looking to bar the "Stars and Bars." A bill sits on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk to ban California from display . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved