Chicago: Race doesn’t trump class

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February 17, 2011
In These Times
by Salim Muwakkil  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"In a heated exchange during a Chicago mayoral debate last month, candidate Carol Moseley Braun accused candidate Patricia Van-Pelt Watkins of once being 'strung out on crack.' While Braun’s comment was an angry retort to a Watkins goad, her pointed barb burst the bubble of pretense that race trumps class in fashioning a 'black agenda.' In some ways, Braun’s very presence in the mayoral race is a function of that pretense; she was selected as the 'consensus candidate' for a black Chicago with widely divergent class interests. Her dismissal of Watkins for a past of drug abuse is exhibit A in how those interests often diverge." (02/17/11)  

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