It’s been 30 years since the death of Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor. Do you think things would be better for African-Americans if Chicago had a black mayor?
“I loved when we had Harold Washington. I think things would be much better if we still had Harold or a black mayor. I think our community would get more of our needs met.”
“I most certainly do think things would be better for black people in Chicago if we still had Harold or a black mayor. Harold was a very good guy. He was a good mayor. He was very fair and he cared about all communities.”
“Basically, it depends on what a black mayor does for us because right now we don’t have no jobs, the kids don’t have anywhere or anything to do. If a black mayor can help us by providing the kids with somewhere to go, then that’s good. A black mayor who doesn’t do anything for us is no good.”
“I think if we had a black mayor, things would be better for black folks because a black mayor would look out for the black community. He wouldn’t be worse than Mayor Daley or any other mayor. A black mayor will take more time out than anything to help black people.”
“I think things will be better having a black mayor, and like Harold Washington, he will know the dire needs of black people. He will be very compassionate about his people. I am not saying he would show favoritism because he should be fair. I think we have a good mayor now, but things could be better.”
“I think things would be better if we had a black mayor. Our schools would be better, the police would be better, and our communities would be better. I would love for us to have a black mayor again; it would make a difference.”