John Ransom

When president Obama was lifted to the presidency promising hope and change, no community was more hopeful than the black community. And inside the black community, no city was prouder than Chicago.

But not anymore.

Today blacks are disenchanted with an administration—both Obama’s and the current one in Chicago—that has played them.The politicians, who have been so ready to write trillion dollar checks to Wall Street, auto companies and cronies haven’t spent a dime on addressing issues decimating the black community.

Instead they have fostered more dependence, using money that rightly belongs in black pockets, to keep blacks servile and voting Democrat.

So in poverty, unemployment, mortality and education blacks continue to lag behind the rest of the country.No discussion of reform can begin without taking into account this absolute fact: There are two countries in America today, the black United States and everywhere else.

And the murder rate in Chicago is making that point in a way that even politicians can’t ignore.

A recent vigil for an 11 year-old black girl, Shamiya Adams, who was killed by stray bullet while at a friend’s sleepover has folks in the Windy City angry.

“Though well attended by ministers and local residents,” reports the Chicago Tribune, “some were bothered that few politicians turned out to pay their respects. A speaker at the vigil listed off the names of elected officials who didn’t attend, and a woman singled out Mayor Rahm Emanuel before the vigil for not doing more.”

So, however much one or two blacks may have thrived, no city demonstrates how disappointed blacks feel in the so-called progress that has not been made for ordinary African-American citizens.

Three decades ago, race issues polarized the city, with some blacks claiming that there was no more segregated northern city than Chicago. The result was a breakup of Chicago’s old Daley Machine, replaced by a coalition of blacks and Hispanics under the city’s first black Mayor Harold Washington.

Obama’s election, first to the United States Senate and then the White House, wasn’t just progress, but a promise of more to come, even with another Daley in the White House.

But one need only look at the crime statistics to get an idea why blacks are disaffected after six years of Obama and 30 years of so-called progress.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.