They missed a great opportunity to move forward in racial relations in Chicago – 2001 in Review – Alderman Thomas W. Murphy banned from joining Professional Black Caucas

They missed a great opportunity to move forward in racial relations in Chicago – 2001 in Review – Alderman Thomas W. Murphy banned from joining Professional Black Caucas – Brief Article

Kimiyo Naka

Alderman Thomas W. Murphy, whose 18th Ward on the South Side is 85 percent black, announces that he will give up efforts to join the 19-member Black Caucus. Murphy says Black Caucus Chairman Ed H. Smith, 28th Ward alderman, said he could not join the caucus because he’s white. He was welcomed to attend the caucus’ remap meetings, he says. “They missed a great opportunity to move forward in racial relations in Chicago,” Murphy says. “It’s ironic–very ironic–because they’ve been in this position in the past themselves.” Mayor Daley lambastes black aldermen at a press conference: “Everybody should be able to represent anyone and speak on their behalf. You cannot say, if someone is elected, they cannot speak on behalf of a constituent.”

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