April 1st Day of Action.
At the Friday CTU April 1st rally at the Thompson Center, one of the speakers, a young African-American activist, Page May, ended her speech with a expletive directed at the CPD that just outraged those high in the Tribune tower – as if they had never heard the word before.
And they must have wondered, what ever could make somebody be so angry as to say such a thing?
This week they published the report by the Mayor’s task force on police abuse.
The summary of the Task Force report was that the police “have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color.”
Immediately, Tribune columnist Krisitin McQueary wrote a blistering commentary on the racist history of the Chicago Police Department and explained that this history justified the anger of folks like Page May.
McQueary pointed out that the Chicago Police Department, according to the Mayor’s own Task Force, is an institution of institutional racism that is a mortal threat to people of color in Chicago.
No she didn’t.
No surprise, really.
Kristin McQueary, you will remember, wrote a column last August which called for a Hurricane Katrina to destroy Chicago public schools.
It echoed the exact sentiments of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, by the way. But McQueary’s column brought on so much national and international outrage that she was forced to apologize.
So, McQueary and the Tribune are the masters of the walk back and the apology.
Their selective moral outrage, however, gives them no right to lecture Ms Lewis and the CTU.