Twenty years after Harold's death, we take up the question: has white Chicago changed?
Host Ira Glass reviews how black candidates have fared in white wards since Harold with someone uniquely situated to know: David Axelrod, who was a political advisor to Harold Washington during Washington's second mayoral race and who is also chief political and media advisor to President Barack Obama.
Ira also checks in with Judge Eugene Pincham, ten years after their first interview.
Then, WBEZ Chicago reporter Robert Wildeboer goes out to several wards where Harold Washington did very poorly in the '80s, including one where he got less than one percent of the vote, to find out if a black man ran for mayor today, would the same kinds of things happen. (11 minutes)Song:
- "Chicago", Harold Washington at His Second Inauguration
Nov 21, 1997
A parable of politics and race in America. The story of Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington, told two decades after his death. Washington died on November 25, 1987.