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Chicago Mayor Blames Extreme Right; "They’re Still Mad That a Black Man is Free in This Country"

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Mayor Brandon Johnson highlights concerns over political divisions, targeting of Democratically-run cities

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In a formal statement, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson has attributed the challenges facing his city to what he characterizes as a "raggedy form of right-wing extremism." He firmly asserts that this extremist ideology specifically targets democratically-run cities, particularly those led by people of color, accusing them of intentionally creating division.

According to Mayor Johnson, this form of extremism is not a new phenomenon, drawing connections to historical instances such as the refusal to acknowledge President Obama's American citizenship and the recent storming of the Capitol. He describes this behavior as "raggedy," "disrespectful," and "mean-spirited."

Expressing his discontent, Mayor Johnson emphasizes that using people as political tools to settle scores for events that transpired over 400 years ago is both abysmal and an affront to the values that define the nation.

Furthermore, the mayor criticizes his predecessor and encourages right-wing extremists to "dig deeper and lean on their faith." He argues that there is a disconnect among these extremists, attributing their actions to what he describes as an "unclean spirit." In a previous statement, Mayor Johnson called on them to reflect on their faith, emphasizing the importance of recognizing all individuals as neighbors.

“They’re still mad that a black man is free in this country,” Johnson said.


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