Black Leaders Have ‘Fair Share’ Fears

May 9, 2011  |  

(Chicago Sun Times) — Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel may have swept every African-American ward in Chicago, but so far, his incoming mayoral cabinet is “not black enough.”  At least that’s the early verdict from some veteran Chicago City Council members. It didn’t take long. We are still a long way from singing “Kumbaya” in Chicago.  Last week, after Emanuel announced his public safety team, several black aldermen complained to the Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman that the mayor-elect was not appointing African Americans to his inner circle.  Emanuel’s posse will be led by three white men: Garry McCarthy is the city’s new top cop and Gary Schenkel will lead the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Current Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff, appointed last year by Mayor Daley, will stay on.  “Nobody is black at the top. At least Mayor Daley did have some African Americans around him. It appears now that Mayor Emanuel has no blacks around him,” South Side Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) told the Sun-Times.

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