Mayor Rahm Emanuel has presented the first “Chicago Champion of Freedom” award to Timuel Black, a civil rights champion and World War II veteran. Black also happens to be a noted labor organizer and member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) whose radical past was influenced at a young age by members of the Communist Party USA.
Coverage of the award by ABC 7 Chicago not only heaped praise upon the radical recipient, but also failed to provide any background information to its audience about his activities that, in fact, undermine freedom.
This past Tuesday, Mayor Emanuel’s office sent out the following press release announcing the selection of Black as the winner:
Mayor Emanuel is proud to name Timuel D. Black, Jr. as the inaugural recipient of the City of Chicago Champion of Freedom Award. As an educator, political activist, community leader and oral historian, Black is widely recognized as one of the most influential civil rights leaders in Chicago history.
The Mayor’s office, or ABC 7 Chicago, ought to have performed a simple Google search of Black’s name; had they done so, they would have discovered the award recipient’s radical history of community organizing–one that crosses paths with Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, Congressman Danny K. Davis, Socialist/Communist activist Leon Despres, Communist Party activist John Lumpkin, Former Mayor Harold Washington, convicted felon Tony Rezko, and President Barack Obama.
At the 1989 Democratic Socialists of America Eugene Debs Dinner, Black presented an award to ex-communist DSA member Milt Cohen, where the featured speaker was another former communist DSA member, Quentin Young. Black and Young also sat on the discussion panel with then-State Senator Barack Obama at the play, “The Love Song of Saul Alinsky,” information that Breitbart News broke in March 2012.
Black holds the same extremely negative view of America that so many others intertwined with President Obama’s past share, criticizing the United States as a “racist” and hypocritical country.
When commenting on Obama’s first election, Timuel Black prefaced his remarks by referring to the “deep racism” in America, which he went on to refer to as hypocritical:
Obama is the test of how deep racism is in this country… Barack is the recipient of the struggle of other generations… That means that you feel proud of your ancestors, your successes… (Obama), based on the opportunities that were opened to him by others, is in the position to prove to the world whether the United States of America is a true democracy, or is a continuing hypocrisy.
Nevertheless, the city of Chicago has chosen Black as the inaugural recipient of their “Champion of Freedom” award.
Had you learned of Black’s selection by watching ABC 7 Chicago’s coverage, you might think, “the award couldn’t go to a better guy.” In his report on that station, Ron Magers not only completely fails to mention any controversial notes regarding Black’s radical past, but also inserts his own glowing approval.
See ABC 7 Chicago’s coverage here.
Was it impossible for Mayor Emanuel’s office to find a “champion of freedom” without such deep roots in Marxist philosophy, who is not a member of the Democratic Socialists of America–someone quite possibly more worthy of its first ever Champion of Freedom Award?
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