Black Public Scholars

February 28, 2011

Dr. Boyce Watkins: Carol Moseley-Braun Campaign Was Marred by Financial Problems

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

One of the most interesting political events in America was the race to become mayor of Chicago. After yet another seemingly endless regime under the Daley family, black Chicago had a chance to elect one of their own. Carol Moseley Braun, the seasoned politician and history-making former Senator, positioned herself to be the great black hope for the city of Chicago.

Unfortunately, the Moseley-Braun candidacy was simply not meant to be. After a series of missteps, Rahm Emanuel used the power of President Obama’s backing to convince the vast majority of Chicago citizens, white and black, to give him their support. Apparently, unspoken endorsements from Barack Obama and Bill Clinton goes a long way, even if you can’t readily prove that you’ve done very much for the African American community.

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