Chicago mayor won’t allow school to be named after Obama; you’ll never guess why

Chicago mayor won’t allow school to be named after Obama; you’ll never guess why

What’s Rahm Emanuel’s problem? Why is he refusing to name a Chicago high school after Barack Obama, his former boss and confidant of many years? The Chicago Tribune has the answer:

Emanuel backed off Thursday from naming a new elite high school after President Barack Obama amid ongoing criticism from African-Americans who felt the honor inappropriate for a school slated for a wealthy, predominantly white part of the Near North Side.

I can think of a boatload of reasons for not naming a school after Obama, but objecting on racial grounds is idiotic. The protesters have evidently forgotten, as has most of America, that half the blood that courses through the president’s veins is Caucasian.

The article goes on to note:

Instead of naming the new school after his former boss, the mayor indicated he would consider other names for the selective enrollment high school set to be built near the site of the former Cabrini-Green public housing project just northwest of downtown.

So the school is to built on the site of a former high-crime, low-income area that has since undergone gentrification. What better place to honor Obama than a community that has undergone urban renewal and is, hence, a testament to the benefits of government intervention?

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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