CHICAGO - Four courageous souls are vying Tuesday on the 2nd Congressional District's Republican ballot to challenge in April whoever Democrats pick as their primary winner. All this campaign activity is to replace the resigned and disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
Those persons whose names are on the GOP primary ballot include Paul McKinley, Lenny McAllister, Beverly Reid and Eric Wallace. All four are black and it is possible that the winner of the Democrat primary could be the only white candidate in the race - former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson.
"Debbie could win because there's so many blacks on the ballot and they're dividing up the vote," a 2nd District black leader told Illinois Review Monday. But it's not unusual that any leader with such dreaded news would refuse to go on record. The southside Chicago community from which he comes is tight and the leaders ostercize those who speak out against the status quo.
That's exactly what Fox News commentator Juan Williams said happens in this week's video interview with the Daily Caller. Williams was fired from the Public Broadcasting System for honestly challenging the powers that be for their editorial policy. But Williams said that it's even tougher in the tight black community. Blacks that speak out against their community's demagogues, hucksters and con men are scorned and punished.
Few outside the community will ever be able to understand the depths of prejudice and bigotry among the black community against those that are brave enough to tell their family the truth about their condition, their plight and their need to dramatically change direction. Instead, the community plunges deeper as they embrace bigger government, less freedom, less responsibility message of the Left.
For those who call for a dramatic cultural change they say, "'Ignore him, he's not really black,'" Williams said.
The courage of McAllister, McKinley, Reid and Wallace should not be ignored by Republican Party officials and conservative activists. Their conservative message of smaller government, individual rights, free market and traditional values is the only way for the 2nd Congressional District to ever hope of escaping its economic captors. And when the 2nd CD begins to wake up to their message, all of Illinois and the nation will be on its way to rebuilding and recovery. But not before then.
Indeed, as commentator Williams might someday concede, Wallace, McAllister, McKinley and Reid are saying the things they are in the 2nd CD because they are really black.
The Daily Caller Interview with Juan Williams is found HERE.