Subscript: Richard J. and Richard M. Daley did more segregating of more African Americans than Southern Dixiecrats

…One of the things that came to mind when Trent Lott announced that he was leaving Congress after more than three decades representing Mississippi (in both the House and the Senate) was the old Strom Thurmond question. Who did more segregating of black people (er, African Americans) — in both neighborhoods and public schools — since the end of World War II? Was it the avowed segregationists and Dixiecrats — like Thurmond and Lott — or the Yankee “liberals” like Chicago’s Daley family?

Well, if “data driven” history means anything, it was the Daleys — hands down. By the time Richard M. Daley began his program of ethnic cleansing (officially, it was called "housing reform") across the South Side of Chicago about six or seven years ago (i.e., “housing reform” to move poor black people away from Lake Michigan, “welfare reform” to make children’s lives even worse than they had been, and “school reform” to cover up the whole ugly deal), Chicago had more segregated all-black public schools than in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida combined. Quite an accomplishment, that.

Between Richard J. Daley and Richard M. Daley, Chicago produced more all-black schools than there were (and are) in the entire state of Mississippi once the Brown decision was implemented (by the late 1960s) in the Heart of Dixie. Look at it another way. The “Heart of Dixie” might still be in that stretch of land between Pascagoula, Mississippi and Savannah, Georgia, but the soul of Dixie, the vicious segrgationism and white supremacist overlording, beats firmly (if souls beat) on the 5th floor of Chicago’s City Hall. “Daley” is be a synonym for “Segregation.” Instead of reality, however, “Thurmond” and “Lott” are synonyms for racism, while the Daley record, unsurpassed in U.S. History, is whited out of the history books, replaced by all those fairy tales about miracles of “school reform”… 


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