The planned Obama center in Chicago is causing all kinds of conflicts on the left. Some people think it won’t benefit the community. Others are complaining about the people involved in its construction. What a mess.
The Chicago Tribune reports:
Obama Presidential Center activists shout ‘Shame on you!’ at aldermen
An attempt by some African-American Chicago aldermen to publicly praise Obama Presidential Center designers for hiring minority contractors ran into shouts of “Shame on you!” by a group that wants a community benefits agreement to protect residents living near Jackson Park.
The dueling news conferences Wednesday by the City Council Black Caucus and activists came after the Obama foundation announced this month that a collective of five construction firms — most of them African-American owned — had been hired to manage the construction of the center.
Black Caucus Chairman Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th, said taking that step is better than Barack Obama signing an agreement to promise jobs to people who live near the presidential center site near Jackson Park.
“Some people are used to non-blacks running the show,” Sawyer said. “This is the first time we have black entities running this contract, this half-a-billion dollar-plus construction project. I think people are still stuck in that mentality where they’re asking for assistance from white people instead of demanding that black people are in control of the project. What better community benefits than when community people are in charge of the contract?”
Will the left continue to eat its own over this?