“Pritzker is Racist!” say Local Activists (Chicago, IL) — Saturday morning, former US Congressional candidate Paul McKinley, flanked by nonviolence advocate Harold “Noonie” Ward and community activist Andrew Nelson, stood in front of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Gold Coast mansion to call attention to JB’s racist behavior and rhetoric in the past and within this current election.
JB’s own party attacked him and labeled him as a racist this past summer after he took action against Black democratic party chair and US Congresswoman Robin Kelly. He pulled his support from Kelly as DPI chair and hand-picked current DPI chair Lisa Hernandez. Hernandez is the Illinois State Representative for the 24th district. This caused an uproar of discontent in the Black political arena. At the time, democratic Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller released a statement saying, “As a Black woman, I am mindful of the dog whistles used to raise legal questions about the first African American and first woman to lead the Democratic Party of Illinois,” essentially calling the move that Pritzker made racist.
McKinley also touched on 2018 wiretap audio that was released where Pritzker tells then-governor Blagojevich that appointing Secretary of State Jesse White to Obama’s vacated Senate seat will “cover you on the African-American thing.” Pritzker also called White the “least offensive” among the other candidates and said that then-Senate President Emil Jones was “crass.” He called then-U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. a “nightmare” and mocked Rev. Jeremiah Wright, imitating him in an unsavory attempt to “sound black.”
Furthermore, Pritzker’s recent absence at a vigil for the 14 children and community members who were gunned down during a Halloween celebration on Chicago’s west-side was not unnoticed by area leaders and activists. McKinley said that although Pritzker was invited, he did not attend. He also condemned the current administration’s handling of marijuana license disbursements. “No Brown or Black people got the license at all,” said McKinley of the first round of social equity application selections. “We see that there is a continuation of his attitude toward Black people.”
Pritzker has recently released statements and political advertisements calling the GOP’s advertising racist, when he is the one with a sordid history of racist statements and actions. “This stuff is angering the black men and the black community…we need to hurry up and hear Pritzker’s policy concerning the Black community…and with the racist rhetoric Pritzker is putting out, we’re saying that he needs to publicly apologize for the racist stuff he has said.”
“Pritzker is Racist!” say Local Activists