Mayoral candidates go after Emanuel on taxes, slavery reparations

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    Rahm Emanuel found himself criticized on issues ranging from taxes to reparations for slavery Wednesday night during the first forum featuring all six candidates for Chicago mayor.

    The former White House chief of staff mostly ignored the barbs, especially those from Gery Chico, former Chicago school board president. He contended that Emanuel would burden taxpayers with a service tax Emanuel has proposed as part of a plan that would include a quarter-point cut in the city sales tax.

    Two other candidates, William "Dock" Walls and Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, slammed Emanuel for his positions on tax increment financing districts and reparations.

    Emanuel agreed with most candidates in supporting reparations for descendants of slavery, but said that all citizens need to keep in mind that the city has a significant budget deficit to tackle.

    Watkins, a community activist and one of three African-American candidates, said she was offended by Emanuel's comments because the nation was built "on the backs" of slaves.

    It's unclear exactly what a mayor could do on the issue. Previous efforts at City Hall have been mostly symbolic.

    The question came up at a debate hosted by the Chicago Defender newspaper at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

    The candidates also discussed changes to TIF districts, with Walls hammering Emanuel's plan to use the funds to hire more cops.

    After the forum, candidate Miguel del Valle said a new Emanuel TV ad featuring President Barack Obama praising him as he left the White House was deceiving. Del Valle said the spot implies an endorsement, which hasn't formally happened.

    Carol Moseley Braun, Emanuel and del Valle showed up late because the forum, rescheduled because of last week's blizzard, conflicted with one hosted by a coalition of gay rights groups. That forced the double-booked candidates to scramble from downtown to the South Side to appear at both events in an effort to reach out to two key constituencies — gay and black voters.

    Emanuel has skipped most non-televised debates and forums.


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    Why doesn't someone bring up the fact that Mexican squatters owe poor Americans reparations for all the services those third world criminals steal?
     
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    Reparations???? Are you kidding me? How many former slaves are still alive today to collect said reparations?
     
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    I find the discussion of reparations fascinating. I would be delighted if that issue became central to the Mayoral race.
     
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    What, may I ask, fascinates you about it?
     
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    Rahm is the next Mayor of Chicago, still not sure why they're even bothering with the formalities.

    And reparations in Chicago is a great idea.

    "Little Detroit."
     
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    Reparations, in my humble opinion, are nothing more than a group of people looking for a handout and asking to get paid for work they did not perform. Period.
     
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    Show me a race of people who at some point in history hasn't been enslaved by another race.

    Reparations my hairy, white, somewhat in need of moisturizing lotion ass.
     
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    Well, much as I like history, I am comfy discarding the claims of modern-day black Americans to the "40 acres and a mule" their families were promised. But there are cases like the life insurance companies that specialized in life insurance on slaves that I think present more complex legal and ethical issues of first impression. Should those companies have to disgorge the profits? And if so, in what amount?

    Not to mention, a black American hoping to get in on a reparations case is one able to trace his family back to the early 1800's, and the proof of that is interesting to me.

    I dun have a firm belief that reparations should or should not be paid....I think it's an unprecedented legal question, at least in this country. It's just a new area of law that I have an interest in...and the convos people have about this, I think, can be healthy.

    And if black Americans were to succeed in a reparations suit, then what about the rights of Native Americans?

     
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    If your ancestors were enslaved in the mists of time, yes. If it was your Daddy in a Nazi slave labor camp, no.

    This is not all so easily resolved, Soggy.
     
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    Additionally, WHO pays? I can trace my ancestors back to 1794 when they first settled in Massachusetts. All farmers. None owned slaves as they were too poor. Would I be responsible for paying?
     

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