Cancer survivors lose out in remap
02/01/2012 10:00 PM
Every single member of every minority group in this city has been playing the race card for years. Sometimes it is played effectively, other times not. The race card was played again in the remap process.
Both the African-American and Latino caucuses played it for their own end. They were both wrong and they both made out. One particular minority did not make out and did not play the card they could have. I know that because I am also a member of that minority, a cancer survivor. A minority fully protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
An attempt was made by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his troops, the mapmakers, to drive Ald. Bob Fioretti, a fellow brave cancer survivor, out of existence.
If an African-American or Latino alderman was treated like Fioretti there would be such an overwhelming outcry by the media it would be heard throughout the city. He did not whine and play the cancer card. He just took it.
When he went to the council, the Emanuel henchmen played a parliamentary game so that the people would not have public meetings nor input. The mayor who speaks of transparency and a new day in Chicago had two old guard Daley machine democrats do the map: his floor leader, Ald. Pat O’Connor and Ald. Dick Mell.
The purpose of the map was to wipe out any opposition to Emanuel’s vision of what Chicago should be as he prepares for his next office. He does not want input. His administration is not transparent. He was elected and won by the methods and practices of the old Daley machine and will continue to run the city in an autocratic fashion devoid of democratic principles.
Remember one thing from history, Mayor Emanuel: You have awoken a sleeping giant. You have stuck the pointed stick of arrogance into the eye of the people. And they will not let you forget it. And I can tell you from experience, once you beat cancer, beating injustice and this type of petty political gamesmanship is a walk in the park. Get ready. The games are about to begin.