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Rahm sees red, hears the verdict whle trying to pose for a publicity stunt surround by black people... Rahm booed, mocked, during Chicago football classic

Rahm Emanuel was booed in front of more than 30,000 people because of his racist policies on Saturday, September 20, at one of the nation's most important sports events. But the city's corporate media ignored the fact because it took place during an major celebration of black America on a weekend when the Bears were out of town. The booing and anger at the mayor was on display during the "Chicago Classic" football game between two historically black colleges, the finale of a week of festivities in Chicago's black community that includes some of the nation's foremost collegiate marching bands and some of the toughest players in college football. The crowd was well aware of the fact that Chicago's mayor has been destroying the public schools that once had the programs to produce sports for all children and the coaches whose lives were dedicated to those kids.

It's widely known that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has avoided White Sox baseball games for a year, not only because he's not really a Sox fan (he could hardly tell a reporter the difference between Luis Aparico and Luke Appling), but also because Rahm gets booed whenever he dares show his face on the South Side.

As a result, his small army of handlers spends a half hour before each carefully contrived media stunt in that part of town checking for possible heretics with the zeal of Presidential bodyguards sweeping a space before the band begins playing "Hail to the Chief." The reasons are now known to almost everyone in those communities, as Rahm's cuts have devastated not only the public schools, but public libraries and public health services. Also, the mayor has replaced talented local officials in most major areas with out-of-towners who know nothing about Chicago and have no roots in Chicago's communities -- white, black or latino.

More than 30,000 football fanatics at Soldier Field for the annual "Chicago Classic" were more than Rahm's media handlers could handle. Not that they haven't been trying. Rahm's "people" have been trying to control his public events and keep out skeptics since his Hollywood publicity team bombed in the CNN fantasy "Chicagoland", a lurid tale of the imperial mayor who bravely made the tough decisions while hugging a black person now and then.

That was the script, and reality isn't allowed to deviate from it. As a result, Rahm's praetorians have been ordering teachers wearing red shirts (even when they are not CTU shirts) out of the room before the diminutive Napoleonic version of The Leader makes his entry, entourage firmly in tow. Usually, the photos that are taken to accompany the report on the event (provided to all media at taxpayers' expense by the "Mayor's Press Office" must show the mayor with a smiling child of minority background.

And so it came to pass on Saturday, September 20, 2014, that Rahm Emanuel tried to grab a bit of reflected glory by going to a football game at Soldier Field -- and was greeted when the crowd learned he was there with a round of boos and rude comments not fit to be published in a family news service.

On Saturday, September 20, the Mayor's Press Office issued a late notification to most of the press as follows:

Mayor Emanuel will attend the 17th Annual Chicago Football Classic.

Time: 2:45PM

Location: Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL*

*There will be no media availability following.

And given the praetorian security that usually accompanies the leader of the third largest city in the USA, Rahm might have brought it off -- if he had stayed outside the field. But he went inside, was announced to the crowd, and was greeted according to many who were there with boos, jeers, and some outright mocking laughter.

The annual Chicago Football Classic is a black thing. In 2011, Rahm could get votes on Chicago's South Side and West Side because his supporters went around the precincts telling voters that President Obama supported Rahm.

That was in 2011, before Rahm began picking nothing but out-of-towners to run all city departments (not just the schools) and showed a consistent way of undermining public servicesin the city's vast ghettos. The schools were not the only victims. Rahm cut back library hours. Rahm closed mental health clinics. Rahm cut back on the parks, except when it came time to try and grab some publicity after the Jackie Robinson West Little League team won the national title in the Little League World Series.

So 2014 is not 2011, and Rahm is no longer a fan favorite at major South Side events like the classic. Rahm Emanuel is now known world wide as the guy who declared more black schools as "failing" and fired more black teachers and principals than even his predecessor, he is not popular among black people, in Chicago and elsewhere. While he still may be able to get an election endorsement from his buddy and former boss President Barack Obama, it probably won't work to get him votes, as it certainly did when Rahm ran for mayor in 2011.

According to the pre-game publicity, "The 17th Annual Chicago Football Classic game features a re-match between Central State University vs. Morehouse College. The game will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20th at Soldier Field. Kick off is at 3 p.m.

"The Chicago Football Classic hosts two top HBCU schools, Morehouse College and Central State University. This years festivities feature a celebrity filled weekend beginning Thursday leading up to the highly anticipated game. The Chicago Football Classic showcases football teams and marching bands from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The always anticipated classic is more than just a game; its a three-day extravaganza that brings awareness to HBCUs, exposes Chicago students to various aspects of the college experience and focuses on the Back To School initiative. The Chicago Football Classic supports education to end the violence in our community. The College Fair will feature 30 colleges and universities."

As late as 2013, Emanuel was able to get away with showing up and using the classic as a publicity stunt for himself and his version of Chicago. But that was before the extent of the school closings and their impact on Chicago's black community had become more widely known and understood for the racist attack on the community (and the black middle class) that it is.

But in 2014 Rahm miscalculated. His attacks on black community institutions have come to be understood as the racism ruling class attacks that they have been since he promoted his "Longer School Day" propaganda in 2011 and claimed, falsely, that Chicago's children were being deprived of their right to a "full school day" because Chicago teachers didn't want to work for a living. Following the "Longer School Day" attack on the city's teachers, Rahm Emanuel forced the teachers into the seven (school) day strike in September 2012, and then continued to try and use the teachers and other public workers, a large percentage of whom are black, as scapegoats for his austerity pogroms, while promoting corporate stunts that only favor the wealthiest of the wealthy.

By the way, Morehouse College won the Classic for the second year in a row on September 20.

"The Maroon Tigers scored Chicago style - early and often - and posted a 43-9 win over the Central State Marauders, in their second appearance in the Chicago Football Classic," the Morehouse College website reported after the game. "Quarterback Monqavious Johnson completed 16 of 24 passes for 403 yards and four touchdowns, and led Morehouse to a lopsided victory at the legendary Soldier Field. Three of those touchdown passes went to Devon Mann, who finished with seven catches for 203 yards. Mann, who missed the first two games of the season, combined with Johnson for a 70-yard touchdown completion that became the longest scoring play of the season. In the most explosive offensive performance in more than two seasons, Morehouse racked up 522 yards of offense, with 452 yards through the air.

"For the second straight week, the McGuffie brothers factored into the Morehouse offensive production. Lake McGuffie caught four passes for 131 yards and a touchdown and Lance McGuffie caught two passes for 30 yards and a touchdown. Morehouse also pulled off a defensive explosion, with three interceptions and a forced fumble. Raynard Ware had two interceptions and Emmanuel Parks picked off the third. The other big defensive play came late in the second quarter, when the Tigers forced the CSU punter to fumble in the end zone that was recovered by Jamil Irvin-Muhammad for a touchdown. Morehouse faked the point-after kick and Joshua Thurston ran it in for the two-point conversion."

Chicago's "Mayor's Press Office" had no comment about the Classic following the event.



Comments:

October 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

By: Theresa D. Daniels

Rahm's posturing before cameras

At two other televized events on another day, Rahm was seen craning his neck and twisting his body around at each event to make sure that he was on camera since he was surrounded by much bigger people. Thanks for this funny, George.

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