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Is Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson blaming nearly a century of Democratic leadership for the “systemic racism” fueling the city’s downfall? (Video) | The Gateway expert




Is Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson blaming nearly a century of Democratic leadership for the "systemic racism" fueling the city's downfall?  (Video) |  The Gateway expert
Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson/Image: Video screenshot

Failed Chicago mayor Brandon Johnson appears to have found the reason his city is a hell of crime and violence.

It’s all because of “systemic racism,” and his recent speech puts much of the blame on the city’s previous governments.

Does the mayor know that he is criticizing his own party? The Windy City’s last Republican mayor was William Hale Thompson, who left office in 1931.

Johnson made the absurd comments while announcing his new chief equity officer for the reparations task force during a Juneteenth flag-raising event at Daley Plaza on Monday.

Johnson announced the appointment of Carla Kupe, who previously served as the city Inspector General’s first director of diversity, equity, inclusion and compliance, as the new head of the task force.

Kupe was the co-founder of a Black women-owned and operated law firm and the founder and CEO of a “consultancy focused on diversity, equity inclusion and anti-racism colonialism.”

Johnson said during his remarks: “Chicago still bears the scars of systemic racism and injustice inflicted on our committees.”

“We’ve seen them on highways that go through black neighborhoods. And of course the industries that move into these neighborhoods often contribute to increased pollution and poor health outcomes.”

“We see it, of course, in the trauma caused by gun violence. But we have also seen it firsthand with the gross disinvestments deliberately made by previous administrations.”

“And great neighborhoods like mine, the Austin neighborhood, have had a lot of health disparities. The lack of nutritious food, the lack of employment. The disinvestment in our communities has been intentional.”

“And that’s why, of course, it’s imperative that now is the time to make good reparations for the people of Chicago, especially Black people, the city of Chicago.”

“Because even as I stand here today as mayor, the legacy of slavery and its aftermath still echoes.”

“We’ve seen it when previous governments sold off public assets. We have seen the damage when previous administrations closed black schools and closed public housing.”

“As they plundered pensions, these anti-black, anti-business efforts caused enormous damage and pain.”


Nearly a century of Democratic leadership will undoubtedly ruin any city.