One day in 2011, I sat at a Chicago Bulls game with a friend hoping to enjoy a close game and a Bulls win when a very thin guy with gray hair sat in a seat in front of me. At that point, many in the arena started looking over at him and the two security type guys who had sat next to him. Right away I knew that very thin guy with gray hair was Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel.
By the way people started coming over for pictures — you would think President Obama or Beyonce had walked into the arena. I mean he was a rock star especially when the crowd started cheering when they showed his face on the jumbotron. Mr. Emanuel was that cool down to earth mayoral candidate. He was in full campaign mode as he later laughed and shared a bucket of popcorn with almost every stranger around him.
Eight years later, you have a depleted Rahm Emanuel who deciding not to run for re-election during a campaign year where a murder he tried to cover-up was the top story. I mean Rahm the so-called friendly nice guy sharing popcorn at a Bulls game did everything possible to stop the police video of Laquan McDonald’s murder from being released. He represents the politician who is in it for himself. He never cared about the people or at least the black community who gave him 55% of their vote.
Emanuel had chosen to put more and more selective enrollment schools on the affluent north side instead of building good schools on the south side of Chicago. I mean former President Obama lived on the south side of Chicago. He was a community organizer on the south side. He taught at the University of Chicago on the south side. His wife is from the south side. So why did Rahm Emanuel want to build a selective enrollment school named after President Obama on the near north side? Your guess is as good as mines. Luckily for Chicagoans, Emanuel’s reign as mayor is over. Now we need to find a way to reduce the crime and hold the police accountable for their actions.