Chicago: how the Democrats used race and welfare to divide and rule

When Donald Trump threatened to ‘send in the Feds’ to Chicago if Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn’t tackle the city’s sky-high murder rate, he returned national scrutiny to a city once synonymous with Democrat corruption and racism:

The bestselling Boss: Richard J Daley of Chicago, by Chicago Tribune journalist Mike Royko was published in 1971, and details the real-life inspiration for the TV show Boss starring Kelsey Grammer.

Daley ran the Windy City’s municipal government like a Mafia don during the ’50s and ’60s, putting thousands of Democrat activists onto the public payroll to enrich themselves through bribery and corruption, with some never showing up for work.

The Democrat machine considered itself above the law. It would appear that not much has changed since Daley’s rule.

What makes Royko’s portrait so astonishing is the way in which voters, particularly black voters, were taken for granted, exploited, and threatened by the city’s Democratic Party.

His [Daley’s] first eight years in office did little to change the way of black life in Chicago – slums, welfare checks, and don’t forget to vote.

…it was politically wise to keep the black where he was. Concentrated, the black vote easily controlled. But if open housing became a reality, the black vote bloc would be lost, the white voter would be outraged by the presence of the black, and the Machine would collapse.

There was no reason, personal or political, for Daley to have done anything more during his first two terms. So he didn’t. The black had been docile, asking for less than any other group, and obedient, voting more consistently Democratic than any other group. It was a pleasant political one-way street.

Black citizens were kept in a ‘voluntary segregation in Chicago in which members of a minority group live together because of cultural, social and other ties’.

[ASIDE]: This seems rather similar to Britain’s Labour Party, which opposes reform of welfare and public housing because it removes voters from support networks.

We have already seen how the Democrat Party, and even a young Barack Obama, viewed housing and welfare as new plantations, for the Democrats to use as voter blocs.

Ultimately, Dr Martin Luther King came to Chicago:

Berry, of the Urban League, one of those who briefed King on what to expect from Daley, said, “King thought Daley was a despot and that he ruled with an iron hand, regarding black neighbourhoods as plantations to which he appointed his people as overseers.”

Everything cost more in the ghettos, from gas for the car, to the car itself, to the food on the grocery store shelf.

Politically, the Negro was even more exploitable. In the South he didn’t vote. In Chicago he could vote for the Democrat of his choice. The Machine’s precinct captains would go right into the voting booth with him to make sure he voted properly. The major weapon was the threat. Negroes were warned that they would lose their welfare check, their public housing apartment, their menial job, if they didn’t vote Democratic. 

Mayor Daley, like most of the Democrat Party of the day, resisted civil rights. The Woodlawn Organization led marches and picket signs downtown, an organisation founded by Saul Alinsky, whose book Rules For Radicals is the Left’s blueprint of cultural Marxism, and how to foster and exploit community frustration to divide and rule minority groups.


…he waded into the battle of words, suddenly announcing that the Chicago civil rights movement had been infiltrated by the Communist party. He knew this, he said, because his Police Department’s undercover squad had told him. When he was asked to name the “known Communists,” he said something about it all being “a matter of record.”

Just like today, where the most prominent news media in the United States are little more than tools of the Democratic Party, the 1967 Republican candidate for Mayor, John Waner, faced his own media battle:

So I went after the real issues. I hit hard at the inadequacies in housing in the city. I’d been federal housing director in Chicago when Eisenhower was in, so I knew what the problems were. Then I went into the problems of Negroes being kept out of trade unions. That was two years before it became a big civil rights issue. I laid out how the unions were discriminating against blacks and that the city was doing nothing to combat it. 

What did it get me? I’d draw up a big position paper, make a speech, then I’d look in the newspapers and I’d be somewhere in the back pages. The papers seemed to be more interested in trying to find out if I had a criminal record.  

The last non-Democrat Mayor of Chicago, Republican William H Thompson, left office in 1931. Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s White House Chief of Staff, as been Mayor since 2011.

If the Democrats know how to do run government as anything other than a way of keeping minority voter blocs in their place, why don’t they?


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